2013 Fantasy Baseball: Derek Jeter Will Hit .315 This Year
Jeter hit .316 last year along with 15 home runs, 99 runs scored, 58 RBI and nine stolen bases. While his numbers may not jump off the page, they certainly still warrant a starting spot in all fantasy formats.
Unfortunately, Jeter broke his ankle in October, which ended up being devastating for the Pinstripes down the stretch last year. However, the shortstop has stated that he will be ready for the beginning of the season and will be back at 100 percent for fantasy owners. He is already taking fielding drills and batting practice, both of which are extremely promising signs for the veteran.
The 38-year-old has continued to put up strong fantasy numbers year after year. He played in 159 games last season, and despite the broken ankle, looked healthy for most of the year. He should easily be able to play in 150 games this season.
Jeter has never exactly been a home run threat at the plate, but he has always been able to get the most of his at-bats. He may have hit over .300 only once in his last three seasons, but look for him to have another All-Star campaign in 2013. Jeter has a Hall of Fame worthy career batting average of .313 along with a career On Base Percentage of .362.
Additionally, the loss of third baseman Alex Rodriquez will put much more pressure on Jeter to lead the team. The Yanks did just sign third baseman Kevin Youkilis this month, but it will still be up to Jeter to lead the Bronx Bombers. Expect Jeter to take this role seriously and be back in All-Star form.
Jeter will once again be worth a third or fourth round pick in fantasy leagues and will be a reliable starter throughout the entire 2013 season. He will easily hit over .300 and will once again prove to be an elite fantasy option at shortstop.