ESPN Fantasy Projection: From a real baseball sense, Hosmer is fighting an uphill battle, as he will always be judged relative to his exorbitant contact. In the fantasy realm, he's at a disadvantage since he doesn't provide the power many feel is a requisite for his position. The combination of these factors usually (and unfairly) penalizes Hosmer on draft day. On rosters looking to balance risk with stability, Hosmer provides the latter. Granted, much of his production is volume-driven, as he's averaged 159 games for the past five seasons. Still, Hosmer has averaged just 22 homers over that span, albeit it with a sneaky 84 runs and 92 RBIs. Last season, Hosmer knocked in 99 teammates. With an improved lineup, eclipsing the century mark in RBIs for the second time is plausible. Since he hardly runs anymore (0-for-3 last season in attempted steals), Hosmer has little to no upside. But like a solid hardwood floor, he offers durability and reliability.