The outfielder missed 43 games last season due to a knee injury and finished with an awful .263 batting average. He has always had problems staying healthy and the journeyman has never played more than 144 games in a single season.
The 28-year-old is just hitting his prime, though, and he was off to a pretty hot start in 2014. Through the first three games of the year, Fowler has amassed six hits. He has an insane .500 batting average, including one home run, one triple, two doubles, and five runs.
Unfortunately, Fowler has been suffering a nasty flu lately. The veteran has missed four consecutive games as he has dealt with dehydration and gastroenteritis. Fowler hasn’t eaten regularly for days now, and as a result, the outfielder has lost some significant weight.
Fowler has already rejoined the team in the clubhouse, and if everything goes according to plan, he will be retuning to the lineup any day now. It may take him a couple days to get his legs back underneath him, but he will be filling the box score very soon for fantasy owners.
Fowler is absolutely worth holding onto in all formats. He was red-hot before his illness and will quickly regain his spot as a reliable OF3.