Fantasy Baseball: Top 5 New York Mets To Draft In 2015

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Daniel Murphy

Sep 19, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

There is a chance that Murphy will begin the season on the DL, which will knock Murphy down a couple of draft boards. Do not be the owner that lets Murphy slip through the cracks, because he missed 19 games last season yet still delivered very strong numbers across the board.

That could have played a role in his diminished counting stats, runs and RBI, but Murphy is as consistent as they come at the plate. You know exactly what you are going to get from him, as he has an OPS of .733-.735 the last three seasons running. The runs and RBI totals should also see a spike with David Wright looking healthy again, and the improvement of the Mets lineup. Depending on how manager Terry Collins sets his lineup as well, Murphy will spend most his time in the two-hole a much nicer spot this season than it has been in years past.

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Where Murphy makes his bread and butter in the fantasy world is because of the solid contributions he gives across the board. He is capable of double-digit home runs and steals, which only six second basemen accomplished last season.

He is also criminally undervalued on draft boards, even when he isn’t entering the season injured, as he isn’t in the top-10 of second baseman on plenty of fantasy pre-rankings. If you want to “reach” for Murphy, feel free to because he will hit expectations being selected even one, even two rounds earlier. If not, just wait for him to tumble down boards again right into your lap as you’ll have one of the most consistent hitters in baseball.

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