This is the year, everyone.
This is the year that Rickie Weeks claims his stake as an elite second baseman.
This time next year, we will be talking about him the way we talk about Chase Utley, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Phillips.
2007 was a down year for Weeks—but draft him now while his value is low.
The young star, who was drafted second overall in 2003, will be healthy and putting up amazing numbers this year.
Now, I’m not one to generally make stupid extrapolations—which I admit that this extrapolation here is—but I’ll do it here for emphasis. In September of last season, Weeks played in 28 games and hammered nine home runs, 14 RBI, and 10 stolen bases—while not getting caught once.
Oh, the 29 runs he scored in that span sound pretty good, too.
Now just imagine that by some miracle, he does that over 600 at-bats. That’s 177 runs, 55 home runs, 104 RBI, and 61 stolen bases. Hanley who?
Realistically, he won’t come close to this next year. But his performance in September shows you what he is capable of doing.
Here’s what you can expect in 2008: 500 at-bats or more with 15-20 home runs, 80-85 runs and RBI, and 35-45 stolen bases. By the way, you can find him on the clearance rack in most fantasy drafts this year—so jump on Rickie Weeks!
Come the end of the baseball season, I’ll be saying, “I told you so!” to all my competitors while holding up my imaginary trophy, and if—make that when—you take Rickie Weeks this year, you are setting yourself up for the same situation. Good luck!
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