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Not looking too good in ST, but it’s ST. The concerns are that it comes on the heels of an awful shortened 2020 and his age. Can he bounce back to being the .290 hitter we saw in 2017-19 and drive in 80 runs from the 6th or 7th spot? Or is this guy just done? 

In Yahoo, he’s still 1b/3b eligible, so there could be some bench value on a 1b-3b-ci roster as an injury or off-day fill-in. Past that, are we seeing anything this year? Expectations for 2021?

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7 hours ago, Flyman75 said:

Not looking too good in ST, but it’s ST. The concerns are that it comes on the heels of an awful shortened 2020 and his age. Can he bounce back to being the .290 hitter we saw in 2017-19 and drive in 80 runs from the 6th or 7th spot? Or is this guy just done? 

In Yahoo, he’s still 1b/3b eligible, so there could be some bench value on a 1b-3b-ci roster as an injury or off-day fill-in. Past that, are we seeing anything this year? Expectations for 2021?

The bigger concern is 2020 was a disaster because of no more trash can.

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Starting out strong, though very small sample size. Wasn't that long ago he hit .298 and 31 HR. Maybe post trash can life can still be good for fantasy. The 1B/3B eligibility can be useful.

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10 hours ago, Ragnaroker said:

Starting out strong, though very small sample size. Wasn't that long ago he hit .298 and 31 HR. Maybe post trash can life can still be good for fantasy. The 1B/3B eligibility can be useful.

The 31 HR were an anomaly, but a return to 2017-18 numbers could be possible. 

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He is walking a ton this year, something you guys see as something sticking? Greatly increases his value in obp leagues cause I tended to stay away in the past cause his obp was very mediocre.

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He's been very good over the first month, but the .340 BA is fueled in part by a .360 BABIP; last year it was abnormally low at .235, but he posted BABIPs between .289-.308 from 2017-2019, so even a return to this level would give him a strong chance to hit above .290. He's barreled it up at twice the normal rate thus far, and as you said has shown unusual plate discipline. He's swinging at pitches outside the zone almost 9.5% less than his career norm, and swinging almost 7.5% less in general, 5% less in the zone as well. So it's led to the walk rate nearly triple his career norm, which gives him potential to score more runs in a rejuvenated Houston lineup. Hard to tell if the discipline will stick, but he's looking like one of the top CI options this year and the real question is where his power will wind up. He hit between .291-.298 in those years, but went from 18 to 13 to 31 HR. 

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