It’s been screamed from the mountain tops, “Never pay for a career year!” Yet, fantasy players still do not subscribe to it. In 2019, Jonathan Villar set career highs in games (162), at-bats (642), hits (176), runs (111), triples (5), home runs (24) and RBI (73). He recorded 53 multiple hit contests and finished with a .274/.339/.453 slash line. A second half surge fueled Villar’s career bests hitting .291 after the break with 88 hits in 302 at-bats, 56 runs and 32 RBI over 73 games. Villar ranked third in the majors with 40 stolen bases while the category continues to disappear across the fantasy landscape. Adding to his appeal, Villar notched the first 20 or more home run with 40 or more steal season since Carlos Gómez in 2014.

Discerning how to value him for 2020 presents some problems. First, in terms of cost. Villar owns an average draft position of 36th overall in NFBC in draft and hold formats. So, it will require a top-40 pick to roster Villar this season. This seems...