Monday, March 07, 2011

2011 Fantasy Baseball Spotlight - Rickie Weeks

Today the fantasy baseball advice spotlight is shining brightly on Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks - Milwaukee's first-round pick in the 2003 draft (2nd overall), Weeks dodged the injury bug in 2010 and put together a season that fantasy owners have been expecting for years. In 2010 Weeks batted  .269/29/83/112/11.


So, why is Weeks not getting the love from fantasy experts? The most obvious reason is his inability to stay healthy. Lets have a quick review...

2006: Missed 69 days, torn tendon in his right wrist
2007: Missed 19 days, right wrist inflammation
2008: Missed 15 days, left knee sprain
2009: Missed 140 days, torn tendon in right wrist
In addition to injuries, Weeks had the 11th-highest strikeout rate (28.3%) in 2010.

So, going into your perspective drafts you are now well aware of Weeks' injury history. Now enough with the doom and gloom, lets' look at some of the positives that Weeks brings to the table. He sits atop a potent Brewers lineup and bats in front of Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee. Weeks will score plenty of runs for sure and is a good bet to add double digit SB's as well. Weeks. Mr. Rickie tied Cano in HR's last year and finished second only to Dan Uggla in HR's.

The talent is there and let's not forget that second base is fairly shallow this year. Outside the top three second basemen there are plenty of questions marks. My advise: Draft Weeks who is in his prime at 28 years of age. If he is staring at you in the 4th round then it's time to snatch him up (anything earlier than that is a reach in my opinion). Just don't forget to draft a decent replacement in the closing rounds of your draft to fill-in for Weeks if or when the injury bug bites again.

Weeks' current ADP on Mock Draft Central is 37, below the obvious Robinson Cano (11), Chase Utley (18), Dustin Pedroia (31) and Brandon Phillips (34). I would not hesitate to draft Weeks ahead of Phillips in any fantasy format! Baseball statistician Bill James predicts 522 at-bats, 94 runs, 21 HR's, 61 RBI's, .257 batting average.

Gregory's Projection: 540 at-bats, 105 runs, 24 HRs, 70 RBI, 11 stolen bases, .261 batting average

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