Okay, okay, quit crying about Robinson Cano. His year wasn't that bad. For him, it was, but for a second baseman, you could have done worse. But here's the "I told you so" moment: Dee Gordon was a total stud in 2015, and so was Brian Dozier, and we told you so. Ian Kinsler was kind of a wreck, but Jose Altuve was great again, Jason Kipnis had an unbelievable comeback year in 2015 and even carried some fantasy teams to a championship. Neil Walker had a better year than we expected, and for all you Dodger fans out there, we're happy to report that Howie Kendrick didn't disappoint. We still think letting Dee Gordon go was a huge mistake, but Howie Kendrick ended up having a good year, too. Anyway, use the fantasy predictions below to help form your opinions for your upcoming 2016 draft, too.
Howie Kendrick had a very productive season for fantasy owners in 2014, and the biggest help for Howie and his associated fantasy teams was, unfortunately, the injury to Josh Hamilton. When Hamilton went down with a bad thumb ligament, Manager Mike Scioscia decided to put Howie Kendrick in the cleanup spot in a pretty potent Angels lineup. Don't get us wrong: Howie Kendrick is no slouch on offense, but don't expect 75 RBI again this season for the Dodgers. The main reason is that he's definitely not going to be hitting cleanup for the Dodgers. He may hit in the 2 spot so he may score more than 85 runs (although we doubt it), but he will definitely not have the same RBI opportunities in 2015 as he did in 2014.
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Jason Kipnis was one of the biggest disappointments in all of fantasy baseball in 2014. Prior to the season, there was no indication that he would fall apart. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Everything looked solid for Kipnis going into last season, but as it turns out, he reportedly hit the weight room and tried to add power to his swing. Instead of the added power, he ended up screwing up his naturally-fluid swing. Now, keep in mind that's all alleged stuff. He also spent some time on the shelf last season (he only played in 129 games), but he's also just 28 years old this season and we're going to predict a comeback season for Jason Kipnis in 2015. Expect solid fantasy production out of Kipnis in 2015, and given last year's sub-par season, you may get him at a bargain in this year's draft, too.
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