Desmond Jennings: Fantasy Baseball’s Next Dual Threat Outfielder

By Adam McGill

There have not been many leadoff hitters in the history of the majors that have combined both raw power with blazing speed.  All-Star Rickey Henderson is an obvious example of this rare gift, but recently scouts have been drooling over Tampa Bay outfielder, Desmond Jennings’ potential to following in the Hall of Famer’s footsteps.   Jennings has already shown his unique skill set in the first 14 games of the season.  He has swiped 3 bags, drove in 4 runs, and hit a monster homer off the Blue Jays’ promising pitcher, Henderson Alvarez in the fifth inning of Thursday night’s game.

It was the 25-year old’s first home run of the season, but it certainly will not be his last.  Jennings has really been heating up with 9 hits in the last six games, as he has finally learned to take a first pitch strike without swinging at it.  If he can hit 20 home runs, along with his base-stealing ability, Jennings could turn into one of the elite fantasy options in the outfield.

Even with moderate home run numbers, Jennings still has value on the bases. Tampa bay has absolutely no qualms about letting DJ run free on the base paths either, which only causes his fantasy value to spike.  He totaled a jaw-dropping 188 stolen bases throughout his minor league career, giving fantasy owners an extra advantage once he gets on first.  Jennings will eventually hit the 50-steal plateau with his track-like speed and it could be this year. Jennings must be active in every league moving forward, as it appears he is finally putting everything together.  He has fewer than 100 career major league games under his belt so he is still a little raw, but his amazing fantasy potential makes him irresistible to any fantasy owner.

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