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Justin Upton
Birthdate: 8/25/1987 (29 y, 7 m)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/205     Position: OF
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Contract: $132.8M / 6 Years (2016 - 2021)
RotoWire News: Manager Brad Ausmus said Upton won't bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of reports. (2/22/2017)
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Profile: What a hell of a 2016 season for J-Up. The former number-one overall pick matched his career-high in home runs but posted his worst triple-slash line en route to a meager 1.4 WAR. Through the end of May, Upton was hitting 46% worse than the league, thanks-but-no-thanks to a borderline catastrophic strikeout rate and an embarrassing isolated power (ISO). From June onward, though, he was a different man, striking out only a quarter of the time — an admirable rate for him — alongside a .272 ISO. He hit home runs at a Ruthian pace in the second half, which included an astounding 13-homer September. Given fantasy baseball's proclivity for recency bias, you'd think Upton would be a top outfield pick for 2017. Yet his first two months were just so, so impossibly bad that it has left a bad taste in the mouths of many owners. (To attest: his ADP has barely budged from last year.) Smooth out 2016's turbulence and Upton fell neatly in line with what we've come to expect from him annually. He has produced consistently for four years, so, despite the volatile season, we should probably expect more of the same: 25 to 30 home runs, a league-average batting average, and the threat of double-digit stolen bases. He's a top-30 outfielder. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Upton's volatile 2016 season, despite its up and downs, finished right where we expected it would: 25 to 30 home runs and a handful of steals with a mediocre batting average. It was a wild ride, but it's hard to expect anything but the usual from him in 2017, making him a top-30 outfielder.

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