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Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: BRANDON BELT 1B SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Him again?  When one peruses the title of this piece, many in the fantasy baseball community collectively would have such a response given the apathy that San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt elicits.  The reason for this is that Belt is one of those classic players who was immensely hyped as a youngster but who then put forth a series of disappointing seasons that made the majority of those who at one time were intrigued by him, instead moving firmly away in search of the next upstart.  While this is somewhat of an understandable trend given that we are still waiting for Belt to even hit 20 home runs in a given season, there is something to be said about owning the guy this year given the fact his cost has sunk so far that he now carries decent value.  We say all the time to never discount any one player in yearly fantasy baseball leagues no matter the level bias because everyone can help at the right price and Belt can certainly be of service for 2018 fantasy baseball considering he is not even being drafted in many leagues.  While it is true Belt has yet to come anywhere near posting high-end numbers, he has in fact performed very solidly the last three years for the Giants but his overall numbers each year in that span underwhelmed due to some injuries that include multiple concussions.  Over the last three seasons, Belt has hit 18, 17, and 18 home runs; while also batting .275 or better in two of those campaigns.  Better yet, Belt hit 18 homers in just 451 at-bats a year ago and so he would have sailed to 20-plus homers if not for suffering another concussion.  So as it stands now, Brandon Belt has another prime chance to hit 20-plus homers this year with solid counting stats in runs/RBI; while also posting a useful average that could hover around .280.  Belt also has run some in his career, with him stealing 9 bags as recently as 2016.  So as you can see, there are some decent numbers to be had here if the health can cooperate for Belt and so taking a very late-round stab here is certainly not a waste of a pick.  Take numbers wherever you can get them and especially when no one is paying attention to such a player. 


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