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David Price deal leaves a trail of Fantasy impacts

By Al Melchior | Data Analyst

David Price could actually gain value with his move to the Tigers. (USATSI)
David Price could actually gain value with his move to the Tigers. (USATSI)

Whatever uniform David Price wears, he's a Fantasy stud, but he may have actually become more valuable as a result of Thursday's three-team megadeal. The Tigers are likely to give the Rays' former ace more than the 3.78 runs of support per nine innings that he has received to date this season.

While Price is by far the biggest name involved in the deal, his move creates one of the lesser impacts for Fantasy owners. After all, he didn't even switch leagues. However, players on each of the three teams involved are likely to see a substantial shift in their Fantasy value. Here's how it breaks down for each squad.

Tigers: With Austin Jackson departing for Seattle, the center field job appears to belong to Rajai Davis now, at least until Andy Dirks (back) returns. That's good news for the speedster, who can help with steals even in a part-time role, but he becomes far more valuable in Rotisserie formats with everyday play.

Rays: Drew Smyly won't likely come close to replacing Price's value, but he will probably be a more reliable Fantasy option, now that he gets to pitch home games at Tropicana Field. His strong flyball tendencies have led to 14 home runs in 100 1/3 innings in 2014, including seven at Comerica Park. The Trop should hold a larger share of the flies he allows, just like it has done for Jake Odorizzi. Smyly has suddenly become a much more attractive option in his home starts.

Nick Franklin, acquired from the Mariners, figures to see plenty of playing time at second base, displacing Ben Zobrist to the outfield. In the short term, that should hurt Brandon Guyer the most, though Kevin Kiermaier will likely be impacted when Wil Myers (wrist) returns. Franklin himself offers a speed/power combination that makes him worth picking up in Roto leagues. If he can cut back on strikeouts, he's a worthwhile Head-to-Head points league addition, too.

Shortstop Willy Adames will enhnace the Rays' pool of prospects, but as an 18-year-old in Class A, he's a long way from making a Fantasy impact. He is, however, an excellent high-upside target for dynasty league owners.

Mariners: Jackson's arrival could mean an end to James Jones' surprising run as a Roto force. Lately, Jones has been mired in a terrible slump, and the M's need Jackson's glove in center field and his bat at the top of the order. Jackson hasn't been hitting for much home run power this season, but his ability to hit line drives should serve him well at Safeco Field. If you were hedging on whether to drop Jones due to his slump, it certainly seems safe to do so now.

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