One of the worst injuries over the first half of the fantasy baseball season was to Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes. He suffered a high ankle sprain trying to steal second base earlier in the season and the former All-Star missed a grand total of 46 games with the debilitating injury.
From his first inning back on the diamond, though, Reyes has proven that he was 100% healthy. In his first game back against the Tampa Bay Rays, Reyes made a jumping, cross-body throw to first base to throw out Desmond Jennings in the very first inning. Reyes landed on his injured ankle and quickly proved that he was ready to be back uniform.
Reyes has only been off the shelf briefly, but he has not disappointed since retuning to action. The shortstop has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 contests entering the break. Over this stretch, Reyes is hitting .310 (22-71) with three home runs, six RBIs, 14 runs, and three stolen bases.
Probably the most shocking stats that Reyes has amassed since coming back has been his power totals. The shortstop has hit three home runs in the last week and half, which is well above his normal rate. It may have been a couple lucky swings, it may have been pure adrenaline, but either way it is nice to see the speedster show some extra pop.
His first stolen base didn’t come until his 10th game back, as the team was obviously conservative with their superstar early on. He has racked up three steals since coming back, though, and the 2007 NL stolen base leader (78) has finally been given the green light on the bases again.
Reyes has shown fantasy fans what they have been missing all those weeks he was on crutches. Look for him to take over his crown as the best shortstop in fantasy and become a huge asset during the second half of the season.
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.