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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Bounce Backs vs Duds

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford was the biggest disappointment in the 2011 fantasy baseball season.

Carl Crawford was drafted in the first round in the majority of fantasy baseball leagues last year, only to be the biggest disappointment in baseball.  He had a career worst of runs scored, stolen bases, batting average, and on base percentage.  Crawford collapsed under the high pressure of producing in Fenway Park and was eventually moved to the back of the order.  His stolen bases were a career low due solely to the fact that he hit 7th in the batting order behind David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis.  Looking at how he swung the bat later in the season would suggest that a bounce back season is coming. I would expect his average to hover around .290 and see a few more stolen bases since he will be on base more.  Unless Valentine moves him up the batting order, do not expect another 100 runs or 100 runs batted in season. (more…)