When it comes to success in daily fantasy baseball, there are two types of players to focus on ahead of all others: Power pitchers and sluggers. Not only do they possess the highest ceilings of any player, they can also be had for cheap if they have deficiencies that result in a lower ceiling. You take your chances with the majority of players in these two categories, but in the end, you have a much better chance of taking down a tournament by focusing on these guys.

Yet, while the top strikeout pitchers tend to be the same guys year after year, you can find new home-run sources every season - and 2017 is no exception. Here are four players who might not have been decent power options in the past, but appear to be bucking that trend so far this season:

1B Yonder Alonso, Oakland Athletics

Previous career high in HRs: 9
2017 total (through Tuesday): 13

Alonso has been the poster boy for the home-run revolution, already blowing past his previous career high established in 549 at-bats with the San Diego Padres in 2012. And while most players trade batting average for home runs in a situation like this, Alonso hasn't - his .275 mark through Tuesday is actually slightly better than his career .269 mark.

So is it sustainable? Alonso has completely reworked his swing plane, hitting more balls in the air and at a launch angle more conducive to home runs. While he may not sustain this blistering pace all season, it's safe to say that Alonso can now be viewed as a power hitter - making his daily fantasy value higher than it has ever been.

C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

Previous career high in HRs: 22
2017 total (through Tuesday): 11

Perez has seen his home-run total climb five straight seasons since making his major-league debut - and the latest jump could wind up being the biggest. Perez is already halfway to his previous career best established last season, and he has done so in just 158 at-bats through Tuesday after needing 514 to set his new personal standard in 2016.

Two factors scream selling out for power here: Perez is hitting more than 53 percent of his batted balls in the air, and his hard-hit rate of 43.1 percent is also significantly higher than his career mark. And with a .285 BA to date - higher than his .273 career average - Perez has proven to be useful even when the ball isn't leaving the yard. Continue to trust him in all formats.

3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Previous career high in HRs: 22
2017 total (through Tuesday): 11

Moustakas' situation is eerily similar to that of his teammate Perez; he's already halfway to his prior career best in the category despite racking up just 160 at-bats to date; he had 549 when he belted 22 home runs in 2015. Moose showed signs of breaking out in the power department last season before a knee injury sidelined him after just 27 games.

Moustakas has increased his hard-hit rate to the 35-percent range, up from 31 percent during the 2014-15 seasons. And like Perez, he's also hitting the ball with far more frequency. A home-run-to-fly-ball rate of around 19 percent might not be sustainable, but Moustakas is still a more reliable home-run option than he was in years past; you can trust him as a power source.

1B/3B/OF Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros

Previous career high in HRs: 13
2017 total (through Tuesday): 10

Marwin Gonzalez has always been one of the more versatile fantasy options thanks to his ability to play a number of positions, but had been hard to trust in the past due to modest power numbers. But he has exceeded all expectations so far in 2017, homering once every 10.4 at-bats while continuing to see time at several positions.

As long as Gonzalez is swinging a hot bat, he should see enough playing time to make him a viable daily fantasy option at a reasonable salary. But with the Astros boasting good hitters at nearly every position, a prolonged slump could see him lose at-bats. For now, however, he should be on your roster whenever he's in the Houston lineup.





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