Omaha Red Sox wrote:
Koby Schellenger wrote:The only thing is Ellsbury's fantasy value is higher than his real value.
I always viewed this as the opposite. I see him as a great sparkplug on that offense, but not a huge fantasy asset.
I think that leading off for the Red Sox he's got the potential to score 130+ runs, steal 40 bags and hit .320 because he'll see good pitches. But the actual value he presents is in his ability to get on base and run as well as his defense. His defense isn't questioned, nor is his speed (I don't mean stolen bases but rather the ability to take the extra base in particular). At the plate I don't think he'll have any real power, though he'll squeeze out a few more doubles because of his speed and I don't think his OBP will be fantastic. Maybe .360-.370. I think he'll also get a fair amount of RBIs because of how stacked the lineup should be there. Even with his paltry power, he should be able to get 70 RBI in my opinion. Again, these are not terribly valuable in real life but in fantasy they rule supreme.