Red Sox fantasy notes: Who starts in CF? 

March, 12, 2014
OK, boys and girls, it's time to sit down and listen to a tale from yesteryear. …

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (well, Cleveland), an outfielder named Grady Sizemore was one of fantasy's most spectacular players, a superstar across all the relevant categories and a top-10 (overall) option. Then his knees and other body parts (back, elbow) began to betray him and -- poof! -- he was no longer held in, well, much of any regard at all. It was a shame, too. The guy was terrific. But now Mr. Sizemore is back in baseball, and it's starting to sound like he could be the actual starting center fielder for the defending champion Boston Red Sox. Yes, kids, dreams really do come true if you wish hard enough!

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Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe Red Sox are taking a chance on Grady Sizemore, and it's paying off so far.
It's close to mid-March, and Sizemore, who hasn't gotten a regular-season big league at-bat since 2011 and last mattered in fantasy in 2009, is playing in baseball games on consecutive days. Hey, baby steps, right? He spent the past two seasons recovering from microfracture surgery on both of his knees, so even the most optimistic among us would have to be realistic about expectations. This is not a durable player. But the Red Sox certainly appear open to giving the sweet-swinging Sizemore the chance to earn a starting role, and that's something. Don't look at the statistics, though a .308 batting average (in brief time) is fine; the Red Sox are impressed with Sizemore's swing, his athletic ability, his movement in center field … this could really happen.