Deciding on divisive fantasy players
March, 22, 2013
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Anthony Gruppuso-US PresswireSure, Bryce Harper is crazy talented. But how good will he be in 2013?Editor's note: Our fantasy staff has identified a dozen key questions that are on the minds of fantasy owners and asked Keith Law to provide his thoughts. The questions are in bold, and Law's answers follow.
Ryan Howard: Do we throw out 2012? Does he have anything left?
I understand that Howard has had a good spring, but he's kind of had a bad few years before that, mostly against left-handed pitchers, to the point where the Phillies might be better off platooning him with Darin Ruf at first.
But two years ago, before the foot injury, he hit .266/.370/.550 (AVG/OBP/SLG) against right-handers with 30 homers. I think he can come close to that against righties again this year, maybe more in the 25-homer range. I'd be most concerned about his batting average if I owned him in fantasy.