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Fantasy Baseball: Can Carlos Lee Be a Factor?

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 05:  Carlos Lee #45 of the Miami Marlins strikes out his first time at the plate in the top of the 1st inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 05, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IAugust 7, 2012

During Carlos Lee’s current 11-game hitting streak, he has raised his average from .270 to .292. His OPS has increased from .719 to .757. There is still a chance that he can be moved, which puts his fantasy value up in the air. Should you be counting on Lee for your fantasy team?

I say, "why not?" If he gets moved to a contender and finds himself in a platoon role, then you can act accordingly, but until then, you might as well ride the hot hand.

Hot is exactly what he’s been. During his hitting streak, he is hitting .474 with three runs and 10 RBI. He has failed to hit a home run during the stretch, but he has three doubles and four walks.

Since July, Lee has hit .306 with 10 runs, seven doubles, a home run, 19 RBI, 16 walks and two stolen bases in 111 at-bats. Lee is likely to hit fewer home runs than he ever has in his career, but his RBI production remains decent.

You may want to sit him against left-handed pitching. He is hitting .202 against southpaws with a .605 OPS. He is hitting right-handed pitching to the tune of a .320 average and a .805 OPS.

Lee qualifies at first base and outfield, which helps his fantasy value. At this stage in his career, you are getting a solid average and a decent amount of RBI. If he gets dealt his value may change, but until then, I say ride the hot hand.

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