Most fantasy baseball playoffs will begin today, and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has returned from the disabled list just in time to make his owners very happy. In fact, Votto's return makes him the biggest X-factor in fantasy baseball leagues over the next four weeks.
If Votto's 49-game absence contributed to your team's second-half collapse I truly feel for you. But for those who managed to keep the ship afloat and sail into the playoffs, congratulations. You're about to be handsomely rewarded.
Votto—who required two operations to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee—returned to the Reds lineup this past Wednesday for the first time since July 15. He promptly reminded fantasy baseball owners what they were missing with a 2-for-3 performance in his first game back.
Championships are often won on the bats—and arms—of September call-ups, late season injury replacements and underperforming players that catch fire at the right time. But here are six reasons why Joey Votto will outshine them all and lead many fantasy baseball owners to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.