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Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: MATT ADAMS GETS FRESH START IN ATLANTA TO SALVAGE CAREER

The Atlanta Braves quickly realized that James Loney was not an adequate replacement for injured All Star first baseman Freddie Freeman (who is down for the next 8-10 weeks with a fractured wrist) as they completed a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for faded prospect Matt Adams.  At one time a decent power first base prospect who caught some attention in the fantasy baseball community, Adams struggled badly with the bat and failed to show the home run swing that was anticipated.  So at the age of 28 and with a string of underwhelming seasons to his name, Adams entered into the 2017 season as strictly a backup player.  In that part-time role, Adams did well enough by hitting .292 with a home run in 53 at-bats but he fell way short of fantasy baseball consideration.  That may change now that Adams will be the starting first baseman for the next 8-10 weeks and for the fact that the team's new ballpark has quickly earned the reputation as a place where home runs fly out at a high rate.  Those in NL-only formats should absolutely add Adams and even in mixers you can take a chance here as a backup first baseman.  While Adams likely will continue being a disappointment at the age of 28, we have seen many cases of guys entering into new ballparks unleashing some unfulfilled potential.


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