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Monday, May 9, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL LINEUP ISSUES: JOE MAUER BATTING LEADOFF MAKES HIM MIDLY INTERESTING AGAIN

Anyone who has been a long time reader of my work here knows how rough I have been on Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer.  That even went back to Mauer's days as a catcher where, other then one of the biggest outlier campaigns in modern baseball history, he has been all about a stellar batting average and not much else.  In particular, Mauer's power never developed and a good home run season for him was around 10 long balls which won't cut it in any fantasy baseball league.  Still Mauer was a golden name both in real and in fantasy baseball and as a result he was drafted often way above where his numbers suggested he should actually be.  Once he lost catcher eligibility as the Twins moved him out from behind the dish in order to keep him healthier, even Mauer's most ardent supporters lost whatever interest they had left in him.  After a few rough years transitioning to first base where the numbers failed to make a comeback, Mauer was moved into the leadoff spot for Monday night's game which at least makes him a conversational piece again.  Now Mauer is actually hitting quite well this season with a .299 average and an AL-leading .420 on-base percentage but with just one home run, the overall limitations remain.  If Mauer were to stick in the leadoff spot, he would gain more value in deeper formats and especially AL-only setups where his counting stats would get boosted.  Overall though I still yawn when Mauer's name is bandied about as he simply doesn't do much outside of an empty batting average worth looking into. 

 

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