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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: MICHAEL BRANTLEY OUTFIELDER CLEVELAND INDIANS

                                                                    

Yes him again.  While no one has been a bigger critic of Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley over the years, the fact he is now taking part in Cactus League games for the team is a positive development as he tries to make his way back from yet more surgery.  Already with pronounced shoulder woes in his past, Brantley is recovering from serious ankle surgery last Octobert and he has taken baby steps along the way in making his comeback.  Even prior to all of the injuries, yours truly has been harsh on Brantley (and rightly so) due to the fact he was very overpriced/overrated for a time before his health began to go ill.  While no one will dispute that Brantley is not one of the very best pure hitters in baseball, his light power and moderate speed made him more of an OF 3 when other were paying OF 2 prices for him.  Just like with any player in fantasy baseball however, I always say that anyone has value depending on cost and in Brantley's case, he has never come cheaper given all the missed time of late.  Brantley is in fact worth an add if he is sitting on your league's waiver wire as he can still hit .300 and contribute good counting nunbers in runs and RBI given his annually high OBP's.  The power and speed are another matter however as Brantley may only be capable of a 10/10 split there given how his body has betrayed him.  Ideally, Brantley works best in five outfield formats as he can help boost your team batting average and give you a bit of everything without excelling anywhere. 






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