2017 Fantasy Baseball Position Eligibility: Swiss Army Knives

By on March 2, 2017
2017 Fantasy Baseball Position Eligibility Photo Credit: Arturo Pardavila III

Fantasy Baseball is unique. When you draft a player, sometimes that player has multi-position eligibility for your Fantasy team, based on where he played last year. That player can also gain position eligibility during the up-coming season as well.

So drafting some of these players is a great idea to help give your team flexibility in crafting your day-to-day lineups.

For example, if you draft Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals, he has eligibility at first base, second base and third base on many Fantasy sites. It affords you more leniency with who you draft moving forward.

I have listed all of the hitters that are eligible at multiple positions for the 2017 Fantasy Baseball season, using 20 games played from the 2016 season as the cutoff. Some leagues, however, allow players to get positional eligibility with only five games played at that position in-season.

Also, some eligibility rules allow players from the previous year to have eligibility with 10 or 15 games played.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Position Eligibility

I’ve listed players at their primary positions from 2016. If you cannot find the player you’re looking for, check his other position. I did not list the games played at other positions for each player if they were not more than 20 games. Finally, I placed the players in bold that have eligibility at three or more different Fantasy positions.

 

Catcher

  • Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs (57 at C; 24 at OF)

 

First Basemen

  • Brandon Moss, Kansas City Royals (64 at 1B; 79 at OF)
  • Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros (92 at 1B; 22 at 3B)

 

Second Basemen

 

  • Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs (119 at 2B; 51 at OF)
  • Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals (117 at 2B; 21 at 1B )
  • Darwin Barney, Toronto Blue Jays (40 at 2B; 32 at 3B; 25 at SS)
  • Howie Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies (32 at 2B; 94 at OF)
  • Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs (59 at 2B; 62 at 3B; 25 at SS)
  • Miguel Rojas, Miami Marlins (45 at 2B; 41 at 1B; 33 at SS)
  • Ryan Goins, Toronto Blue Jays (37 at 2B; 28 at SS)
  • Sean Rodriguez, Atlanta Braves (29 at 2B; 57 at 1B; 27 at SS; 32 at OF)
  • Trea Turner, Washington Nationals (30 at 2B; 45 at OF)
  • Tyler Saladino, Chicago White Sox (41 at 2B; 32 at SS)

Third Basemen

 

  • Aaron Hill, San Francisco Giants (103 at 3B; 24 at 2B)
  • Adam Rosales, Oakland Athletics (41 at 3B; 36 at 2B)
  • Andrew Romine, Detroit Tigers (44 at 3B; 20 at 1B; 25 at OF)
  • Danny Valencia, Seattle Mariners (68 at 3B; 38 at OF)
  • David Freese, Pittsburgh Pirates (78 at 3B; 58 at 1B)
  • Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants (81 at 3B; 55 at SS)
  • Greg Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals (31 at 3B; 30 at SS; 26 at 2B)
  • Hernan Perez, Milwaukee Brewers (60 at 3B; 46 at OF)
  • Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (117 at 3B; 48 at OF)
  • Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs (107 at 3B; 75 at OF)
  • Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles (114 at 3B; 45 at SS)
  • Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (54 at 3B; 45 at 1B; 40 at 2B)
  • Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins (42 at 3B; 38 at OF)
  • Travis Shaw, Milwaukee Brewers (105 at 3B; 50 at 1B)
  • Wilmer Flores, New York Mets (51 at 3B; 27 at 1B)

 

Shortstops

 

  • Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays (105 at SS; 39 at 1B)
  • Chris Owings, Arizona Diamondbacks (70 at SS; 49 at OF)
  • Eduardo Escobar, Minnesota Twins (71 at SS; 23 at 3B)
  • Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners (23 at SS; 142 at 2B)
  • Jedd Gyorko, St. Louis Cardinals (46 at 2B; 39 at 3B; 26 at SS)
  • Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers (108 at SS; 42 at 3B)
  • Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds (31 at SS; 21 at OF)
  • Shawn O’Malley, St. Louis Cardinals (36 at SS; 34 at OF)

Outfielders

  • Brandon Drury, Arizona Diamondbacks (94 at OF; 29 at 3B)
  • Rob Refsnyder, New York Yankees (28 at OF;25 at 1B)
  • Ryan Rua, Texas Rangers (67 at OF; 31 at 1B)

Starting Pitchers (Relief Pitcher Eligibility)

 

Relief pitchers that carry starting pitcher eligibility can drastically help a teams lineup. Being able to slot them in when starters have off days is key to racking up strikeouts and getting your team ERA and WHIP down, assuming they pitch well in those outings.

Players are listed as starting pitchers if they started at least five games last season, whereas relievers are determined so if they pitch at least 10 games in relief last season.

  • Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals (26 at Starting Pitcher; 16 at Relief Pitcher)
  • Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks (24 at SP; 12 at RP)
  • Jhoulys Chacin, Los Angeles Angels (22 at SP; 12 at RP)
  • Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox (21 at SP; 16 at RP)
  • Luis Perdomo, San Diego Padres (20 at SP; 15 at RP)
  • Matt Andriese, Tampa Bay Rays (19 at SP; 10 at RP)
  • Jeff Locke, Miami Marlins (19 at Sp; 11 at RP)
  • Dillon Gee, Texas Rangers (14 at SP; 19 at RP)
  • Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles (14 at SP; 22 at RP)
  • Tyler Wilson, Baltimore Orioles (13 at SP; 11 at RP)
  • Chris Young, Kansas City Royals (13 at SP; 21 at RP)
  • Logan Verrett, New York Mets (12 at SP; 23 at RP)
  • Juan Nicasio, Pittsburgh Pirates (12 at SP; 40 at RP)
  • Albert Suarez, San Francisco Giants (12 at SP; 10 at RP)
  • Jose Urena, Miami Marlins (12 at SP; 16 at RP)
  • Luis Severino, New York Yankees (11 at SP; 11 at RP)
  • Clayton Richard, San Diego Padres (9 at SP; 27 at RP)
  • Zack Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks (9 at SP; 18 at RP)
  • Cody Anderson, Cleveland Indians (9 at SP; 10 at RP)
  • Wade LeBlanc, Pittsburgh Pirates (8 at SP; 11 at RP)
  • John Gant, St. Louis Cardinals (7 at SP; 13 at RP)
  • Chris Rusin, Colorado Rockies (7 at SP; 22 at RP)
  • Mike Montgomery, Chicago Cubs (7 at SP; 42 at RP)
  • Andrew Triggs, Oakland Athletics (6 at SP; 18 at RP)
  • Joe Kelly, Boston Red Sox (6 at SP; 14 at RP)
  • Rasiel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds (5 at SP; 32 at RP)
  • Jordan Lyles, Colorado Rockies (5 at SP; 35 at RP)
  • David Phelps, Miami Marlins (5 at SP; 59 at RP)
  • Chris Devenski, Houston Astros (5 at SP; 43 at RP)

 

It is important to know which players have multi-position eligibility to give each Fantasy Baseball team more flexibility as their draft takes place.

 

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Derek Harvey

Derek Harvey

Derek is an avid fantasy player, playing keeper and dynasty formats for two decades. This is his first year writing about fantasy sports. Have any questions about dynasty football, baseball or basketball? Ask me on twitter @derek_harvey.
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