2013 Fantasy Baseball: Brian McCann Coming to Life

By Rich Arleo
Brian McCann
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Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann is one of the biggest names at a weak fantasy baseball position, but up until the past few games this season has been far from big for the catcher.

McCann, one of the top drafted catchers despite missing over a month, returned on May 6 and immediately made an impact. He had a .911 OPS in May with six home runs and 14 RBI in 19 games played during the month. Owners who took the chance and stashed McCann were feeling pretty great about themselves at that point.

Since then, unfortunately, it’s been a struggle. From June 1-22, McCann was 9-for-51 (.176) with only one home run and three RBI as many fantasy baseball owners cut bait with the vet. That decision may have been a bit premature, however, as McCann is 10-for-his-last-23 (.435) with two home runs and nine RBI.

He now has nine home runs and 26 RBI on the year with a very impressive .360 OBP and .849 OPS.  Despite missing over a month, just eight catchers have more home runs than McCann. Before last season’s .300 OBP, he had always been a huge help in leagues that count OBP and OPS as he is at .351 and .826 for his career, respectively. He appears to have regained the eye that made him one of the best fantasy catchers in the league for the better part of a decade and has shown off impressive power as well.

McCann is currently available in 35 percent of ESPN leagues, which is far too many for a hitter of his caliber at a weak position like catcher. If you need catcher help and he’s out there, don’t hesitate for a second to grab him. If he is owned, try to get him for cheap before he gets too hot.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.


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