Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

LF,CF - BOS
Age: 25College: ArkansasBats: LThrows: L

Next Game

SF @ BOS
L. Webb #334
Tue, 9/17 7:10pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #34
Projection (?) 2.8 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
91%
 
ESPN
95%

Eligibility

Yahoo LF,CF
ESPN LF,CF
CBS CF,LF

Great in every category but not spectacular in one, a player of Benintendi's ilk typically doesn't merit top-25 consideration. But 20/20 candidates are hard to come by, especially if they provide a high batting-average floor and can score 100 times atop a loaded Red Sox lineup. This upside coerced drafters to pay a steep price for the 24-year-old, who's merely been just OK across the board with a .284/.359/.465 slash line, 12 homers and nine steals. The rise in strikeouts is discouraging, and he's running out of time to return to his 20/20 pace with one big hot streak. While he'll fall well short of his draft cost, Benintendi at least isn't hurting managers anywhere.

Even with the power disappearing, Benintendi batting in the middle of the Boston lineup means runs and RBIs galore thanks to his strong BB-rate. While he might not return draft value the rest of the season, fantasy owners can at least expect him to right the ship from here on out.

Benintendi was a top prospect who is a good real life player for Boston, but his offensive production simply hasn't matched the hype in fantasy leagues. He benefits from playing in a strong lineup, and the fact he steals bases does help matters as well. But it increasingly looks like he'll need to experience a power breakthrough in order to truly become a high-end fantasy option.