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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: BILLY HAMILTON LIKELY DONE FOR 2018 WITH THUMB FRACTURE

On his way to a new career-best in stolen bases and having a real shot at 70, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is likely finished for 2018 after suffering a thumb fracture while trying to bunt in the team's Wednesday game.  Hamilton will thus finish with another ugly average (.248) and horrid power numbers (4 homers, 37 RBI) but he dominated the steals category again with 58 and he set a new career-best in runs scored with 82.  While clearly a very useful player, we remain firm in our belief that Hamilton is one of the more overpriced players in yearly drafts as stolen bases are in plentiful supply late in drafts and on the waiver wire.  Also Hamilton's ugly average and utter lack of power takes some shine off his steals contributions.  While you can wait a day or two for confirmation from manager Bryan Price about that Hamilton is out for the season, it is almost a lock so feel free to let him go.  While it was another overall decent season from Hamilton, he remains quite flawed.




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