At the surface level, there seems to be a lot to like with Maikel Franco . He’s slated to open the year as the everyday third baseman hitting behind the likes of Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto . With guys getting on base frequently ahead of him, and Franco coming off a season in which he hit .270 with 22 home runs, it could be surprising that there isn’t much love in the fantasy community for the 26-year-old from the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, after posting a strikeout rate just under 17 percent back in 2016, Franco has been able to post a reduced rate in each of the past two seasons, including a career low 13.3 percent mark last season. His BABIP rebounded nicely following a down 2017 campaign, helping push that batting average back up to .270. However, for a multitude a reasons the overall outlook on Franco’s 2019 campaign is down compared to what his 2018 statistics say.

His hard contact rate placed him in just the 35th percentile of qualifying hitters last season and...