Fantasy Baseball Profile: When Should You Take Grady Sizemore?

Feb 5, 2010

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Grady Sizemore is a coveted fantasy player because of his ability to score runs, hit HRs, and steal bases. He battled through a hernia and an elbow injury last year, but still managed to put up a respectable 73 runs, 18 HRs, and 13 SBs in 103 games.

Even with his shortened season he’s averaging 107 runs, 25 HRs, 78 RBIs, and 26 SBs over the past five years. He’s struggled at the plate the past two seasons, but his average over that five-year stretch is .276. Not great, but not terrible either. Not when you consider what else he brings to the table.

I know the Indians’ lineup isn’t what it used to be, but they have some good young talent in Shin-Soo Choo, Matt LaPorta, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Michael Brantley to go along with veterans Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner.

The question is, where do you take Sizemore in fantasy drafts? He’s clearly not a first rounder any more. Not coming off an injury, even if he did shut it down early. I wouldn’t hesitate to grab him towards the end of the second round. I have him as my 4th ranked outfielder (click to see rankings), and I like the advantage he gives you in runs and SBs while chipping in with a respectable amount of HRs. All of this is dependent upon his health, but I’m not overly concerned with it. From 2005-2008 he missed just nine games.

Prediction:  .275, 110 runs, 28 HRs, 80 RBIs, 35 SBs


Past profiles:
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

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    February 5th, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    I’d much rather get him in the third round. The power is not 30+, despite what he did two years ago (increased HR/FB rate). The average is “average” at best, with the potential to hit in the .260s.

    He could be a steal in the 3rd, but I’d rather not take him before then.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 5th, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    It really depends on what I have already, what’s available, and where in the draft I’m positioned. If I’m in the 6th-12th hole, it’s unlikely I’d see him. I wouldn’t take him in the top 20. If I’m top four I’d think about it. Of course if I got Braun with #4 I wouldn’t take him. I wouldn’t mind pairing him with Pujols, Hanley, or A-Rod.

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