Where have you gone Brandon Crawford?

brandon-crawfordA little follow up is needed on Brandon Crawford. Back in April there were some circles of fantasy owners who were fawning over Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Perhaps it was his unwashed hair or well kept beard that had everyone in his spell. I didn’t understand it then, and I still don’t now. He is still owned in 31.4% of ESPN leagues and 32% of Yahoo leagues. Brandon Crawford should not be owned except in a NL only league or a deep mixed league.

I will admit, he had a nice April (for a light hitting shortstop). His .272/.346/.511 slash line was good for the 4th best OPS by a shortstop through the month of April. Since May 1, Crawford’s slash line is .253/.307/.309. The reason that Crawford was getting all the love early on was his 5 home runs in the first month of the season. He has exactly zero since May 1. All of that mediocre post-April offensive production comes with a .310 BABIP. His 2013 numbers are starting to look more like his career numbers (.242/.305/.346 career slash line). After his hot April, Brandon Crawford was on pace to score 96 runs, hit 30 homers and drive in 84 runs, is now on track for 69 runs, 10 homers and 55 RBI, all of which would be career highs.

While he does flash some nice leather in the field, his real baseball value greatly exceeds his fantasy value. In deep mixed or NL only leagues, he definitely has value, but feel free to drop him in anything smaller than a 16 team mixed league.

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