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Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: DELINO DeSHIELDS GRANTED LEADOFF SPOT FOR RANGERS TO BEGIN 2018

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced on Sunday that speedy outfielder Delino DeShields had won the leadoff spot to begin the 2018 season and so attention immediately turns to how many bases he may be capable of picking up going forward.  While no one doubts the extreme quickness that DeShields brings to the fantasy baseball realm, he has to firmly address concerns about his overall hitting ability and knack for getting on bases.  After all, as the saying goes, you can't steal first base and so DeShields is far from a guarantee going into the new season.  Be that as it may, DeShields remains quite intriguing as he could easily swipe 30 bags and more likely can go for 40 if he sticks at the leadoff spot.  Even Bannister was getting into the prediction business on Sunday as he believed DeShields can get 50.  That sounds great to us and it shows the team will be aggressive on the bases.  As a result of all this, DeShields should be added where available in mixed leagues and especially in AL-only formats.  While he is far from a lock to succeed long-term, DeShields's opportunity alone is worth looking into from a fantasy baseball ankle. 


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