Fantasy Profile: Chris Johnson, 3B, Atlanta Braves

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FANTASY PROFILE: CHRIS JOHNSON, 3B, ATLANTA BRAVES

LWOS Ranking 22, Captain’s Value:$ 2.77

Chris Johnson has provided some modest fantasy value over the years with 10-15 HR power and some solid batting averages (peaking at .321 in 2013).

Last year, he hit .263 which is 20 points below his career total. This isn’t something that can’t be blamed on bad luck as he had a .345 BABIP. While this is a very high BABIP, it actually is 12 points below his career total.

While he could conceivably get his AVG towards the .275-.280 range with low double digit HR, there are also some red flags to be concerned about. While he had never been that great at drawing walks, he did see a decrease in BB% last year (3.8%). At the same time, he saw an increase in his K% which ended up at 26%. The combination of his BB% and K% trending in the wrong direction right when he reaches the wrong side of 30 does absolutely nothing to help his already limited value.

Year Team POS G PA AB R HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2011 HOU 3B 107 405 378 32 7 42 2 16 97 0.251 0.291 0.378 0.669
2012 HOU 3B 92 368 341 36 8 41 4 23 92 0.279 0.329 0.428 0.757
2012 ARI 3B 44 159 147 12 7 35 1 8 40 0.286 0.321 0.503 0.824
2012 2TM  3B 136 527 488 48 15 76 5 31 132 0.281 0.326 0.451 0.777
2013 ATL 3B 142 547 514 54 12 68 0 29 116 0.321 0.358 0.457 0.815
2014 ATL 3B 153 609 582 43 10 58 6 23 159 0.263 0.292 0.361 0.653
2015 Proj ATL 3B 560 527 48 12 64 4 27 134 0.277 0.314 0.406 0.720

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