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Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: ADAM EATON CONTINUED ABSENCE A BOON TO TREA TURNER

During his meeting with the team's reporters on Friday, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez admitted that leadoff hitter/outfielder Adam Eaton is not ready to return to the team after he has now missed three weeks with a deep bone bruise in his left ankle.  No stranger to injury as he missed virtually the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL, Eaton's continues absence from the lineup has been nothing but a boon to the fantasy baseball value of shortstop Trea Turner who has been a staple in the leadoff spot while his teammate has been out.  Turner has done his best work during that span as he has used his good batting eye and speed to get on base and wreak havoc to the run of stealing a bunch of bases.  Now up to ten steals on the year with a .267 average and 1 home run, Turner has looked every bit the first round monster we all forecasted him to be.  Previously though, Turner was far from that lofty player as he was hitting sixth in the Nationals lineup.  That led to Turner struggling to use his speed to pick up stolen bases and he also saw fewer good pitches to hit as well.  So in essence, Eaton's misfortune has been a big plus for Turner and his fantasy baseball owners.  The fact that Eaton is not yet ready to return also means Turner has more of a chance to lock down the leadoff spot for good and that would be tremendous news in terms of his prospective numbers.  

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