With major league baseball and fantasy owners alike fawning over younger players, crafty veterans like Edwin Encarnación continue to drop in average draft position as the season approaches. Encarnacion’s been one of the most consistent power hitters over the last seven years with at least 30 home runs in each season and driving in at least 100 in all but one of them. Yet, his slow first half last year, along with turning 36 seems to make fantasy owners wary. Encarnacion opened as the 118th player between November and December, but in the first two weeks of March, dropped to 139th overall on average.

He appeared in 137 games last year with 74 runs, 32 home runs, 107 RBI, three stolen bases and a .246/.336/.474 slash line. His isolated power declined for the fourth straight year and his average decreased for the third one in a row. Not great trends, but he did hit .283/.377/.489 in 51 games after the All-Star break last season with 10 home runs in 180 at-bats.

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