It wasn’t long ago that 1B Justin Morneau was an elite fantasy baseball option with the Minnesota Twins. He averaged 29.5 home runs and 117.5 RBIs between 2006-2009 and he was a fixture in fantasy lineups for five years.
Unfortunately, Morneau hasn’t hit more than 20 home runs since he slugged 30 homers back in 2009. He has averaged an embarrassing 14.5 homers in the four seasons since then and has completely fallen off the map in fantasy.
Now with the Colorado Rockies, Morneau seems to finally be having a resurgent fantasy season. The first baseman has already smashed six homers and eight doubles in 27 games this season. Morneau hit just 17 homers in 2013 between the Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates, so his offensive explosion this season has been a welcomed sight.
The veteran also has an unthinkable .343 batting average at the moment. Morneau is hitting everything that crosses the plate and the 11-year veteran is currently sixth in the National League in batting average. Now his average will obviously start to drop as the year moves forward, but he has hit over .300 (.345 in 2010) before.
The stat most overlooked from Morneau’s 2013 season was that he played 152 games. The veteran has suffered countless injuries in recent seasons and he disappointingly averaged 94.7 games between 2010-12, but he finally got over that hump last year. Morneau looks healthy for the first time in years and his fantasy numbers have shot through the roof as a result.
Morneau has once again proven that he can be a worthy fantasy starter in all formats.