Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun

1B,LF - MIL
Age: 35College: Miami, FLBats: RThrows: R

Next Game

LAD @ MIL
J. Urias #103
Thu, 4/18 8:10pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #90
Projection (?) 4.8 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
70%
 
ESPN
72%

Eligibility

Yahoo 1B,LF
ESPN LF
CBS LF

A regressing Braun still offers value. Despite posting career lows in batting average (.254), OBP (.313) and wRC+ (105), the veteran still stockpiled 20 homers and 11 steals last year. He faces far less competition for playing time now that the Brewers have traded Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton, so he'll go as far as his health takes him. The 35-year-old isn't washed just yet; he notched a .296 xBA and .515 xSLG, per Statcast. He should at least fare closer to 2017's .268/.336/.487 slash line, and a 25/15 campaign isn't out of the question if he could piece together 550 plate appearances in around 130 games.

Braun is no longer the dominant fantasy outfielder he once was, but he looks to be criminally under-appreciated at this stage of his career. You can't expect him to play more than 120-140 games, but Braun has proven over the last couple seasons that he's capable of producing 20+ HRs and 10+ SBs even while missing a quarter of a season, and his batting average could even pop back up into the .280+ range after two straight low-BABIP seasons. Hitting in a terrific lineup and favorable home ballpark, Braun should be able to again produce numbers that resemble those of more highly-regarded OFs like George Springer and Mitch Haniger.

Braun isn't often healthy, but when he is on the field, he has continued to rake over the last three years. In that time, his per 162 game average is 30 homers, 18 steals and a .279 batting average. If he can finally stay on the field, fantasy owners will hit the jackpot this year.