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By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Sat, Jan 17th 12:43pm EST

Alex Rodriguez's new found motivation should challenge Chase Headley to be even better. Headley was acquired by the Yankees at the trade deadline and was signed as a free agent in December, giving the impression that he would be a big part of the team going forward. (Source: River Ave Blues)

Fantasy Impact: Headley's defensive skills are his calling card, but his hitting abilities should not be understated. He has a career OPS+ of 114 and, after a rough patch in San Diego for the first half of 2014, he rebounded nicely with a .768 OPS with the Yankees in the second half. The big issue for Headley was the lack of run-production; his 17 RBI with the Yankees in 58 games project to only 47 in a full season. He projects to hit second in the 2015 Yankees lineup, hopefully a position where he could be productive with Brett Gardner getting on base in front of him. He may not put up MVP-type numbers like he did in 2012, where he hit 31 home runs with 17 SB, but Headley will be a solid option at 3B. The extra pressure by a rejuvenated Rodriguez will only fuel Headley more; he can be a top-15 or top-10 3B this year and in a good position with a healthier Yankee lineup.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 2:36pm EST

Chase Headley was a huge part of the Yankees successes in the second half of 2014 and will be a vital piece of the organization for the next four years. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley was acquired by the Yankees in July of 2014 and was an impact player from the beginning; he had a walkoff hit in his first game on the team and had a .768 OPS for the remainder of the season while playing elite defense. Although his defense makes him a top-10 3B, there are opportunities in his hitting that could make him fantasy relevant. He may not hit 31 home runs again like he did in 2012, but he can hit 20 or more home runs utilizing the short porch in right field. With few 3B with 20 home run potential, Headley may even be able to sneak into the top-10 3B range for fantasy purposes as well.