Fantasy Baseball 2016: End Of Year Award Predictions

Bounce-Back Player:

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley started of the 2015 campaign like many Red Sox fans had hoped, but it quickly fizzled out and his defensive play in left field was all but laughable.

This year Hanley will be taking over first base and will be under less scrutiny in a far easier position to play.  Even if first base does not pan out for Ramirez, he all but has locked up the designated hitter spot once David Ortiz retires at the end of the season.

Struggling to stay consistent, avoid injuries, and living up to the four-year $88 million deal that he signed with the Red Sox in the off-season, Hanley was a huge let down to the organization and Red Sox Nation.  Known for his bat he only hit 19 dingers and drove in 53 runs.  Those are not numbers that Sox fans will accept,on a contract that large, for long.

Switching over to first base should help a lot with the injury bug that seems to bite Hanley every single year, which means more plate appearances, which means more production! The man possesses the power and ability to smoke a baseball that most would kill to have.

If Ramirez stays healthy and finally gets comfortable in Fenway, it is highly likely that he can put up 30 home runs and bring in 100+ runs.  The average will obviously be something hard to predict, but no one should have issue with plugging Hanley into their fantasy lineups.

Runner-Ups:

Adam Wainwright, Freddie Freeman, Ian Desmond