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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: SIGNING WITH CLEVELAND DOES NOTHING TO FLEDGLING VALUE OF AUSTIN JACKSON

The Cleveland Indians got themselves some insurance Wednesday in case Michael Brantley can't get himself ready for the opener as he comes back from a second shoulder surgery by signing free agent Austin Jackson to a minor league deal.  Jackson comes off a rough 2016 campaign where he hit just .254 for the White Sox before he was forced to undergo surgery for a medial meniscus issue in his knee.  While still young at the age of 30, Jackson is just the latest example of how a player who gets a great deal of value tied to their speed tend to erode quite quickly when it comes to fantasy baseball.  Often a stolen base guy like Jackson was when he first arrived on the scene sees their steals start to ebb by the time they hit 30 and if there is no power to complement the lost stolen bases, a player can go right to waiver wire territory almost overnight.  That is where Jackson currently is as he swiped just 2 bases in 181 at-bats last season and his power was never great to begin with as he has just a total of 13 home runs in the last three years COMBINED!  In addition, Jackson has hit just .256, .267, and .254 the last three season which means he really has little to no value unless you take part in a deeper AL-only formats.  Look on by.


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