Breakout seasons past the age of 27 often cause apprehension for fantasy players in baseball. However, Whit Merrifield carried over his breakout from 2017 into last season. In fact, Merrifield became only the third player since World War II to lead the majors in hits and stolen bases. He joins Dee Gordon (2015) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) in doing so. Merrifield’s season also ended in the midst of a 20-game hit streak during which he slashed .318/.375/.482, which will pick up to start in 2019.

Although his home run total dropped last season compared to 2017, Merrifield still returned solid value to his owners with 88 runs, 12 home runs, 60 RBI, 45 stolen bases and a .304/.367/.438 line in 158 games. He combined with teammate Adalberto Mondesí to steal a combined 55 bases in 64 attempts in the second half. Kansas City finished the year ranked fourth in stolen base tries (0.96 per game), added Billy Hamilton and will look to play strong defense and be aggressive on the bases to...