Fantasy Baseball Preview: Which Chris Davis is For Real?
Chris Davis is a player that everybody clamored for last year. Why wouldn’t you? He hit .285 with 51 runs, 17 HRs, and 55 RBIs in 80 games as a rookie in 2008.
Then came a disastrous 2009 season. He let down fantasy owners hitting .238 with 48 runs, 21 HRs, and 59 RBIs. It was so bad that he was sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
He didn’t let the demotion get to him though hitting .327 with 6 HRs, and 30 RBIs in 44 games. He then salvaged the season upon returning to the Rangers hitting .308 with 17 runs, 6 HRs, and 26 RBIs in his last 36 games.
Unfortunately his power took a slight hit as he rebounded. After averaging a HR every 17.4 ABs as a rookie, and every 17.2 in the first half of 2009 despite hitting .202. That number rose to 22.2 in the last 36 games, but worth the trade-off considering he got things back in order.
Where he was overvalued last year, he’s undervalued this year. He’s a great choice for a backup 1B or to fill your CI slot.
Prediction: .270, 80 runs, 27 HRs, 85 RBIs
Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs: Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians: Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins: Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros: Lance Berkman
Kansas City Royals: Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers: James Loney
Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart
Minnesota Twins: Joe Nathan
New York Mets: Jason Bay
New York Yankees: Robinson Cano
Oakland A’s: Kevin Kouzmanoff
Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates: Octavio Dotel
San Diego Padres: Everth Cabrera
San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito
Seattle Mariners: Franklin Gutierrez
St. Louis Cardinals: Colby Rasmus
Tampa Bay Rays: David Price