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Always the fan favorite, David Ortiz has been the heart and soul of the Red Sox during this emotional first month of the year. While his value goes beyond the white lines for Boston, the question for fantasy baseball players is, how much value does he have purely as a hitter?
Coming off an injury plagued 2012 campaign, Ortiz had hoped that 2013 would be different. He still hit .318/.415/.611 in 90 games last year, but his 23 home runs was the lowest production out of him since 2002. At age 37, the designated hitter is currently trying to stay healthy while the Red Sox begin to put together a potential rebound season.
After a short DL stint to open the season, Ortiz for now is back in the lineup. He is off to a hot start, hitting safely in his first six games. The biggest issue for daily fantasy sports players is, how long will production last? Even Ortiz will admit that he is not 100%, which means he will get plenty of rest from time to time. Unless you are a diligent fantasy baseball player, you are simply going to be unable to check each and every day to see if he is in the lineup.
For now, Ortiz might actually be the perfect sell-high candidate. His name recognition alone will most likely entice a fantasy owner to take a chance on him. Truth be told, most realistic Boston fans know that the end is nearing for the slugger. It has been a great run, but he appears to be nothing more than a part-time right now for fantasy leagues. Getting healthy during the season seems impossible, so the best he can hope for is that things do not flare up, and he can continue to provide his typical power numbers over short spans. In fantasy baseball, those type of players can be a dime a dozen.