Pogotheostrich wrote:I like Votto here.
I think my biggest problem with Votto in fantasy is that he actually walks too much. Sure he'll score more runs for it, but I think it caps his power and RBI potential a lot lower than you would think given his ability. I think expecting more than 25-30 HR is a mistake this year given injury concerns and the amount he walks.
Hmmm, walks don't cap home run potential. In fact, there's probably a strong positive correlation to walks and Hr rate. A guy who takes a lot of walks is skilled at getting into a lot of hitter's counts 3-0, 3-1, etc and then can sit on fastballs.
Votto's walk rate has always been high, including the year he hit 39 HR's. Maybe not quite as high as last year but still exceptional. And Barry Bonds' had I believe, the highest walk rate in Major League history - that certainly didn't stop him from hitting HRs.
That being said, the thing to do is wait out the Spring. Definitely want to see if Votto hits some HRs in spring training. Sure ST games are pretty meaningless but it shows at least, his wrist is healthy enough to hit HRs.