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Justin Upton

Justin Upton

LF,DH - LAA
Age: 32Bats: RThrows: R

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Upton, who opened the season on the IL with what sounded like a minor toe injury, instead missed more than two months. There goes his streak of three straight 30-homer seasons and eight seasons with at least 145 games played. He hasn't proven worth the wait, hitting an underwhelming .213/.302/.404 with seven homers in 39 games since returning. Although durability was a major selling point, he can still offer plenty of power down the stretch. Managers, however, can't afford to exhibit much more patience this late into the season.

Upton hasn't exactly hit the ground running since returning from the IL but his performance hasn't been poor enough to warrant a panic either. Rather, expect sufficient home runs and batting average to make him a fringe OF3 for the remainder of the season.

Up until this year, Upton was the definition of a boring-but-reliable fantasy producer, with six straight seasons of at least 26 HRs, eight stolen bases, solid run production, and a middling batting average. But while consistency had been his calling card, that is out the window this year following a toe injury that will keep him out of action for 8-12 weeks. Upton is certainly worth stashing in leagues with IL spots, but fantasy owners who drafted him can now only expect half a season of his typical steady production.

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