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By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Tue, Jan 27th 11:22am EST

Brian McCann had a rough start to his Yankees career and a lot of that could be attributed to hitting into shifts deployed by AL East rivals. Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to remove shifts as soon as possible, something that could alleviate McCann's issues. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: There were other issues for McCann last year, mainly falling in love with the right field porch and therefore swinging for a home run rather than looking for contact, but hitting into the shift was also an issue. McCann had the second lowest batting average of his career in 2014 and the lowest OPS of his career; the Yankees invested a lot in McCann and are looking for him to at least hit for power. McCann did have the second most HR in his career in 2014 and the possible rule changes could help his BA raise closer to his .272 career average. He still has potential as a top-10 catcher this year and optimistic owners could site last year's issues as a brief downfall in an otherwise solid hitting portfolio.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Wed, Jan 21st 3:56pm EST

Brian McCann finished the season, his first in the American League, strong in 2014 and he needs to have that momentum carry over to 2015. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: McCann finished the season with 23 home runs and 75 RBI after an eight home run, 18 RBI September, posting his best RBI total since 2010 and home run tally since 2011. Although that is positive, McCann did see his OPS drop by 100 points from 2013 to 2014, fueled by the worst walk total of his career and a sub-.300 OBP. A huge positive for McCann, and one that was expected with a move to the AL where there is a DH, was that he played 140 games after averaging 117 games played in the previous three seasons. If McCann is healthy and able to utilize the right field porch at Yankee Stadium, he hit 19 of his 23 home runs at Yankee Stadium, McCann could hit 25+ home runs and be a top-ten catcher.

Brian McCann News & Advice

Fake Teams | Jan 28th, 7:00pm
Brian McCann's quality of contact plunged in 2014 With the move to Yankee Stadium last year, both professional scouts and projection systems predicted Brian McCann would see a strong rise in production. It makes sense; a pull heavy LHB moving to the short porch in Yankee Stadium should see a rise in production, particularly in home runs. But that isn't what happened. In fact, McCann had the worst...
The Fantasy Fix | Jan 26th, 3:45pm
Ask any of Brian McCann’s fantasy owners from the 2014 season what they thought of his performance, and the stank eye you’ll get is the only response you’ll need. He finished the season with 23 homers, which extended his streak of reaching or exceeding 20 homers in a season to seven, but that’s roughly where the […]