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Fantasy Profile: Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

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LWOS Ranking 8, Captains’ Value: $20.63

Michael Brantley, as well as his owners, enjoyed a magical breakout year last year.  He was the prime age for a breakout as he turned 27 last May.  We all expected growth, but he had a significant increase in every standard fantasy category.  We will project him to regress some.  It is hard to project numbers to even hold steady when a play has the kind of jump in production Brantley had last year.  That said, there is reason to believe those numbers may hold.  His walk rate went up from his career average, while his K rate went down to a new career low.  Yes, his babip did hit a career high for a full season.  However, a .336 babip his not that far out of line for a player with his skills.

Our suggestion is to buy the one year growth on Michael Brantley.  He has always been a player with great skills and now in the prime of his career he has finally put it all together.  He will only be 28 this year and could improve on those numbers from last year even though now projection system will show that.  Sometimes, you need to factor in outside variables that can have an effect on a player.  This is one of those times where I will buy the one year breakout.  You should too.  You will need to pay more than our value shows and thats okay.


2011 CLE OF 114 493 451 63 7 46 13 34 76 0.266 0.318 0.384 0.702
2012 CLE OF 149 609 552 63 6 60 12 53 56 0.288 0.348 0.402 0.750
2013 CLE OF 151 608 556 66 10 73 17 40 67 0.284 0.332 0.396 0.728
2014 CLE OF 156 676 611 94 20 97 23 52 56 0.327 0.385 0.506 0.891
2015 Projection CLE OF 675 613 80 16 82 20 52 62 0.309 0.363 0.469 0.833

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 22: Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Oakland Athletics during the game at Coliseum on Sunday April 22, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)


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