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Saturday, August 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: MICHAEL CONFORTO OUTFIELDER NEW YORK METS

Well it was only a matter of time.  Anyone who has owned New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto at any point so far in 2018 has a full understanding how tough times have been on that front as the team's top slugging prospect endured a hellacious first-half slump that was likely a result of coming back a bit too early from the very serious shoulder separation/surgery he had last summer.  While we all were impressed with how Conforto was able to make it back at the start of the season after initial reports were that he would be out until May, the 25-year-old was clearly off on his swing as he batted just .216 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in the first half.  Eventually though Conforto's immense natural talent revealed itself and since the All-Star Game, he has looked like the power hitting stud he was in 2017 as he has batted .308 with 6 homers and 17 RBI.  As a result, Conforto represents a tremendous pickup at this stage of the game is his original fantasy baseball owners cut bait on him as many surely did.  So while there is surely no debating how rough the first half went, Conforto rallying the way he has of late with the bat is no shock given how good he was a year ago and that he likely had to fight through an adjustment period coming off the shoulder procedure.  Those who did stick with Conforto during the rough times are now being rewarded nicely at a time when fantasy baseball leagues are hitting the stretch run.  It is beyond time to completely dust Conforto off and insert him as a regular OF 3 the rest of the way. 


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