By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Thu, Jan 22nd 2:21pm EST
Ellsbury has been a first round pick in fantasy drafts before, but is only the sixth best player at his position coming into 2015. (Source: MLB.com
Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury's strength comes from his combination of speed and power shown in 2014. Last season was only his second season with double digit home runs, but his fifth with 35 or more steals. His .747 OPS was his lowest in a full season since 2008, but he will have a huge new opportunity for 2015. The Yankees used Ellsbury a bit in the third spot of the lineup last year, leading to 70 RBI which is the second most in his career, and will open the season with him penciled in the three hole permanently. Ellsbury's runs scored were at a career low in 2014, but look for Ellsbury to bounce back in 2015. He may be picked in the third or fourth round, but could end up as more of a second round talent.