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Emerging from the clutter of the A’s outfield, Josh Reddick has become a serious option for owners even in three-outfield formats. Find out why it is your civic duty to help bump his ownership rate up… after the jiz-ump:
Oakland is not a razzle-dazzle franchise. Outside of Yoenis Cespedes and a handful of others over the years, no one expects much from their position players. The general reputation of Oakland players is that their fantasy value is mitigated by their spacious home park. While it’s true that Oakland Coliseum suppresses power, it’s not like there haven’t been tater-mashers who have donned the green and yellow before. In fact, Josh Reddick is doing work as we speak.
Reddick already has six HRs this season. Oh, and these aren’t the “barely clearing the fences” shots. According to HitTrackerOnline.com, only one of Reddick’s long-balls have been of the “just enough” variety. However, power isn’t his only calling card. Reddick has three stolen bases on the season (on three attempts) and while he isn’t known as a speed-demon on the base paths, he is an excellent base-runner with great instincts who could surprise us all and swipe double-digit bags. After all, manager Bob Geren is letting his players run and the team leads the American League in steals.
Even the peripheral data is sucking on that Red-dick. He’s improved his strikeout rate (16.7 K%) and is making great contact (24.0 LD%). Oh yeah, he’s also hitting third in the Oakland lineup. You may not consider the Athletics a quality offense, but the three-hole in any lineup is a productive place to be.
Reddick is only owned in 23-percent of Yahoo! leagues, which is a joke. He has a legitimate shot at 25+ HRs, 10 SBs, and 90 RBIs and Rs. That plays in any fantasy league, regardless of settings or size.