Over the last two seasons, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has all but disappeared from the top of fantasy baseball cheat sheets. He was once a top-five first basemen in all of fantasy, but a couple of down years have caused his value to plummet.
Teixeira only managed to hit 24 home runs with 84 RBI in the heavy-hitting Yankee lineup. It was his second consecutive subpar season, so expect him to seriously fall in drafts this season.
In his first year with the Pinstripes, Teixeira crushed 43 homers and drove in 122 runs. He also had a .292 batting average that year, which was a far cry from his miserable .251 batting average in 2012.
Some of his struggles can be attributed to injuries though, as Tex was sidelined in the beginning of the season with a respiratory illness, and missed time at the tail end of the season due to a calf injury. He has always battled injuries throughout his career, so an injury is something that owners should certainly think about when drafting Teixeira.
However, his pure power is just too hard to resist. He has averaged 35.5 home runs per year, and the veteran has never hit less than 26 in a season. Fantasy owners love home runs, and Big Tex is one of the best home run hitters in the game when he is locked in.
Teixeira will be looking to put the last two seasons behind him. He has worked hard on his swing over the off-season, and is ready to have a bounce back campaign in the Big Apple. Teixeira will fall well outside of the first couple rounds this season, so he could end up being a great value pick.
Look for this to be the year that Teixeira finally hits 30 homers again, and finally ranks among the top first basemen in fantasy.