Dexter Fowler is at it again. Fowler is the 29th rated fantasy outfielder over the last month of the season.
Analysis: Dexter Fowler is reborn this season. His walk rate is at an all time high at 14.6%. He ranks 3rd among outfielders in walks and 6th in OBP. He only has 4 bombs and 6 swipes(which is solid) but the .391 OBP this season is special. Fowler has scored 38 runs this year as a result which is good for 13th among major league outfielders.
Fowler’s BABIP and his batting average(.282) is sustainable. In addition to his increased walk rate Fowler’s strikeout rate is below 20% for the first time in five seasons. He is taking more pitches and is becoming moderately selective. It appears that Fowler has finally turned the corner.
Dexter Fowler is available in 35-50% of fantasy leagues. Overall this season he is the 36th best fantasy outfielder and it doesn’t appear that he is slowing down. Fowler has been good in small stretches in the past but the athlete is becoming a ballplayer this season.
We are in the first week of April which means it is once again time to guess if this is the year Dexter Fowler finally breaks through. Fowler already has three multi-hit games so maybe this is the year or maybe he’s just toying with our fantasy baseball hearts… again.
Analysis: Dexter Fowler has 6 hits through three games this year which include 2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run. He’s leading off for Houston which is great for his run total but there isn’t much pop in the Astro lineup behind him. As mentioned many times before- Fowler has all the raw tools you could ask for but he just hasn’t put it all together yet. He did steal 19 bases and hit 12 home runs last year in just 119 games and he also hit .300 in 2012.
Fowler has 20/20 potential this year and it is certainly a wise decision to pick him up now. He may be on the verge of a huge 2014 campaign or just another borderline fantasy relevant season. Currently, Dexter Fowler is available in 45-55% of fantasy leagues.
Tyler Colvin is loving life in Colorado as he continues to mash his way onto many fantasy rosters.
Analysis: Tyler Colvin is slugging .759 at home this year, so we might as well call him Carlos Gonzalez Jr. In fact, seven of Colvin’s eight home runs were hit at Coors Field. Even though he only slugs .384 away from home, his average away from Coors Field is a respectable .274.
Colvin isn’t going to walk much and he does strike out a ton but 30 RBI in 57 games and a .306 batting average is hard to come by on the wire. Keep in mind that Colvin has first base position eligibility in addition to his time in the outfield. He’s available in over ninety percent of leagues and in the deeper ones he is almost certainly a useful commodity. Colvin’s BABIP is inflated so his average will drop but he should continue to hit bomb after bomb at Coors Field along with CarGo and Dexter Fowler. Although Colvin is competing with numerous Colorado players for at-bats, he remains a better fantasy option than Tyler Moore and Seth Smith.
If Dexter Fowler is available in your fantasy league you must pick him up now.
Analysis: Dexter Fowler is playing the best baseball of his career and his numbers are reflecting it. Fowler has three bombs, two steals and twelve runs in his last six games. He already has eight home runs to go along with five stolen bases and a 20/20 season is within reach for the twenty-six year old. Fowler is available in a little less than half of fantasy leagues but he is one hot commodity at the moment. He really isn’t just a “sell high” guy here, he will be producing from here on out.
Keep in mind that all eight of his homers this year have come when he’s batted left handed. He’s absolutely murdering right handed pitchers to the tune of a .329 BA and a .718 SLG%. Like Carlos Gonzalez he does most of his damage at home but who really cares if he is producing and growing? In daily lineups you can maximize Fowler by starting him when he’s playing at Coors Field or against right handed pitchers.
After an awful spring training hitting just .138, Dexter Fowler has flown under the fantasy radar.
Analysis: Spring training stats are pure garbage. If you take a look at what Dexter Fowler did in September last year- .287 BA, 3 HR, 3 SB with 9 RBI, he was improving. What I liked most about his play in the last two months of the 2011 season was the twenty-nine walks. For a guy with a career 11% BB rate you just have to love the improvement. Fowler is quite capable of a 10 HR/25 SB season this year and if he can stick at the number two spot in the batting order he just may put up those numbers. In Fowler’s first game of the year he already has a stolen base with a run but more importantly he drew a walk.
Dexter Fowler is owned in just 28% of ESPN leagues and that number should be rising over the course of April. He will be a solid run provider and stolen base threat if he gets his fair share of playing time. A .270 batting average would be ideal for the toolsy outfielder since his career mark sits at .262. His power like Cameron Maybin over the past two years is coming this year.