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Fantasy Baseball Draft Targets: Anthony Santander, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler (2024)

Fantasy Baseball Draft Targets: Anthony Santander, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler (2024)

Drafting a fantasy baseball team is like putting a giant puzzle together. We have to fill certain roster spots with hitters and pitchers and maximize statistics in five hitting and five pitching categories.

One major hitting category is home runs. Home runs are a stat we need more of, as it tends to diminish as the draft progresses.

When the draft begins, there are apparent power sources like Pete Alonso, Matt Olson, Aaron Judge, Yordan Alvarez, and many others who everyone already knows about. The key is locating power sources later in the draft.

Regarding home runs, there are some solid choices to target for power. Let’s look at a few home run targets who could produce 30+ home runs for your fantasy team this season.

Players to Target for Home Runs (2024 Fantasy Baseball)

Kyle Schwarber (OF – PHI)

Schwarber is one of the most prolific power hitters in baseball. He hit 47 home runs last season after hitting 46 in 2022. Those are league-leading home run totals. The downfall for Schwarber is a horrific batting average over the previous two seasons. He also brings a barrel rate of over 16% over the last three seasons and a hard-hit rate of over 48.5%.

Those qualities of contact metrics should continue to lead to plenty of power. If you built your team with a strong batting average floor, then Schwarber’s power can be a game-changer for your team, and in on-base percentage (OBP) formats, he’s elite.

Jorge Soler (OF – SF)

When you have the nickname “Soler Power,” home runs come with the territory. Over the last three seasons, where Soler played over 137 games, he has hit 48, 27 and 36 home runs. The 36 home runs came last season playing his home games in Miami, so no ballpark should hamper Soler’s power, even Oracle Park. Soler has a career fly-ball rate of 40.4% and a home-run-to-fly-ball (HR/FB) rate of 19.8%, so home runs should be plentiful for him this season as long as he stays on the field.

Anthony Santander (1B, OF – BAL)

Santander has continued to improve throughout his career, and the last two seasons have seen him play in at least 152 games. He has hit 33 and 28 home runs in each season. He has a barrel rate over 10% each of the last two seasons to go with a 43.3% or better hard-hit rate, which will help with continued power. Despite the difficulties that the new dimensions in Camden Yards can yield to power, Santander looks good to go for another season of nearly 30 or more home runs.

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