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FANTASY PROFILE: JUSTIN TURNER, 3B, LOS ANGELES DODGERS
LWOS Ranking 34, Captains’ Value: -$6.60
Justin Turner played in over 100 games last season for the first time since 2011, back when he was with the New York Mets. He had a pretty good 2014 too, posting a career high slash line of .340/.404/.493 and a career high 7 HR. Contact has never been a problem for Turner, posting a career 87.6% contact rate and a career 14.5% K rate at the Major League level. However injuries are a problem, as he would have played in more games last season (Juan Uribe missed over 50 games) had it not been for a hamstring strain that put him on the 15-day disabled list. And it wasn’t his first stint on the DL either.
The ability to stay healthy is a skill, just like bat speed or glove work. Turner, unfortunately, is lacking in this skill. Over the last three seasons, he has missed a total of 79 games due to various injuries, ranging from his abdomen to his ankle. Turner has put in some work this off-season, losing about 15 pounds and participating in grueling workouts 5x a week to prevent his body from breaking down during the season.
A small fish in a big pond, Justin Turner is fighting for playing time on a loaded Los Angeles Dodgers ball club. For now, he is slated to be the 5th infielder that will play the majority of his time at 3B with some time at 2B to give Kendrick a day off. Unless a major injury occurs to Juan Uribe (it could happen, Uribe is going on 36 and he may be starting to break down) or Howie Kendrick, Turners fantasy value is a platoon/bench option at best for deep or N.L. only leagues.