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Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)

New York Yankees

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Tue, Mar 3rd 3:43pm EST

Ellsbury led off for the Yankees in their Spring Training opener with the Phillies, going 0-3 with 2 runners left on base

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury was the best offensive player for the Yankees last year and fluctuated from the first and third spot in the lineup. His 0-3 was not as important as the fact that he was at the top of the lineup and that is something to watch as Spring Training goes on. If Ellsbury is at the top of a rebounding Yankee lineup, he could top 100 runs scored for only the second time in his career. If he is able to steal around 40 bases, he had 52 in 2013 and 39 in 2014, he could be even better than his ADP of 31.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Thu, Jan 22nd 2:21pm EST

Ellsbury has been a first round pick in fantasy drafts before, but is only the sixth best player at his position coming into 2015. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury's strength comes from his combination of speed and power shown in 2014. Last season was only his second season with double digit home runs, but his fifth with 35 or more steals. His .747 OPS was his lowest in a full season since 2008, but he will have a huge new opportunity for 2015. The Yankees used Ellsbury a bit in the third spot of the lineup last year, leading to 70 RBI which is the second most in his career, and will open the season with him penciled in the three hole permanently. Ellsbury's runs scored were at a career low in 2014, but look for Ellsbury to bounce back in 2015. He may be picked in the third or fourth round, but could end up as more of a second round talent.

Jacoby Ellsbury News & Advice

news | Mar 3rd, 5:10pm
The Yankees are intrigued by the speedy combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner atop their lineup, and manager Joe Girardi said that it could be seen often this season.
news | Feb 26th, 5:00pm
Jacoby Ellsbury said that there is a comfort level as he prepares for his second Spring Training with the Yankees, and senses that his teammates are "definitely motivated" to improve upon last year's second-place finish in the American League East.
Baseball Professor | Feb 26th, 10:16am
Jacoby Ellsbury had the second-highest HR total of his career last season, but he didn't do his damage at Yankee Stadium.