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Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: CHARLIE BLACKMON RUNNING MORE COULD PORTEND TO MONSTER FANTASY SEASON

Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black stated on Sunday that he anticipates outfielder Charlie Blackmon will run more this season; noting on a few occasions that health was the main reason he dropped from 43 steals in 2015 to just 17 a year ago.  Black cited toe and foot problems that hampered Blackmon's running but it clearly had no bearing on his power as he hit a career-best 29 home runs.  Even with the drop in steals last season, Blackmon is a slam dunk outfielder 1 in 2017 fantasy baseball and well worth a second round pick in all formats.  What will be interesting to see if Blackmon can blend the uptick in power from last season; which is in outlier territory right now; to the push back upwards of his stolen bases.  If that does happen, a 25/35 season with a .280-.300 average is likely and those would be first round fantasy baseball numbers no matter the format.  Now Blackmon is 30-years-old which means he could in fact be losing speed (30 is the age that this starts to happen for many) and so don't automatically assume he will uptick back to his 40 steal days.  Again be that as it may, Blackmon is a fantasy baseball outfielder 1 no matter what happens with his stolen bases this season.


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