Chris Owings was a versatile player for the Diamondbacks in 2016, as he filled a hole in center field and at short stop. His 47 starts in center were especially useful, as Arizona dealt with a rash of injuries to outfielders. Prior to last season, Owings hadn't made an appearance in the outfield at the MLB level, but he played well and could be an option there again in 2017. However, he's more valuable to fantasy owners as a middle infielder, though he's expected to fight with new arrival Ketel Marte and holdovers Brandon Drury and Nick Ahmed for reps there with A.J. Pollock returning to center field. When he's in the lineup, Owings doesn't offer much pop, but he does provide decent speed (21 steals last year and 16 in 2015). Playing time will determine his overall 2017 value, but he figures to at least be a cheap source of steals.
Owings went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a stolen base in Monday's 7-6 win over the Padres. The homer was his second on the season, and Owings has now driven in 13 runs to go with five stolen bases and a .319/.356/.464 slash line. The 25-year-old super-utility player is one of the more underrated fantasy commodities in baseball. He can contribute modestly in the home run and RBI departments while also providing 20-steal speed in deep mixed formats.
Owings is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Owings is off to a very encouraging start to the 2017 season, but he will head to the bench Sunday against Brandon McCarthy and the Dodgers. Nick Ahmed will take over as the starting shortstop in his absence.
Owings is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres. This will be just the third time Owings will head to the bench this season, as Nick Ahmed takes over at shortstop in his stead. The 25-year-old is enjoying a nice start to the season, going 16-for-52 (.308) with six RBI and four stolen bases through 14 games.
Owings went 2-for-4 in his return to the lineup Sunday against Los Angeles. Owings took a seat Saturday, but it was right back to business Sunday. He's now sporting a .356/.383/.489 slash line with four runs, a home run, six RBI and four stolen bases. His cross-category profile and multi-position eligibility makes Owings a nice depth piece for your roster in deep settings.
Owings is not in the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers. After starting 10 of the Diamondbacks' first 11 games, Owings will take a breather as Nick Ahmed gets the nod at shortstop. Owings is off to a nice start to the season, going 14-for-41 (.341) with one homer, six RBI and four stolen bases. He should find himself back in the lineup for Sunday's matchup.
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