2013 Fantasy Baseball: David Ortiz Proving DH Position Still Fantasy Relevant

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Many fantasy baseball owners tend to completely ignore the DH position. Most designated hitters are only eligible as a flex-play in standard leagues, so naturally people tend to avoid the handicap of owning a one-dimensional player. However, the one player that has completely bucked that trend this season has been Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz.

Big Papi is currently hitting a robust .315 and is once again putting up numbers like an elite power hitter. He has already driven in 52 runs, despite missing weeks in the beginning of the season with an injured Achilles tendon. The 37-year-old has also belted 13 homers to go along with a strong .618 Slugging Percentage. Ortiz has simply been tearing the cover off the ball since returning from the DL.

In his last 12 games, though, Ortiz has been even hotter from the plate. He has hit five home runs and has driven in an absurd 14 runs over that stretch. On June 6th, Ortiz even hit a game-winning three-run home run against the Texas Rangers. He hit the first pitch he saw out of the ballpark and it was just the latest heroics from the Boston Behemoth.

Most owners were skeptical about Ortiz’s value heading into the fantasy season with his looming injury and positional shortcomings, however, the slugger has once again looked like an All-Star stick. He is on pace to finish with over 30 home runs and 100 RBIs this year, which are pretty good numbers from a guy sitting at the bottom of fantasy lineups all over the country.

 

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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