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Prince Fielder will have less protection in his lineup in Texas than he did in Detroit.
No. 9 may seem a little low for a slugger like Prince Fielder, but his move to the Rangers is likely to hurt his fantasy production.
For one thing, Fielder is going to be in in the 3-slot in Texas as opposed to the cleanup spot he had become accustomed to in Detroit. For a high-strikeout, high-home run rate kind of player like Fielder, the cleanup spot is a better fit.
Moving from cleanup to third in the order may improve some aspects of Fielder's fantasy value, however. Where pitchers would usually see Fielder after facing slugger Miguel Cabrera in Detroit, he is more likely to be pitched around in Texas.
That means that his on-base percentage and walk totals are likely to rise along with his runs. However, that also means that his biggest statistical categories, home runs and RBI, are likely to decrease in 2014.
Versatility has never been an issue for Fielder, who has played in at least 157 games every season since 2006. Anything can happen of course, but when drafting Fielder, fantasy owners know that they are likely to get almost an entire 162-game season out of him.
Due to his long track record of success in the major power categories, Fielder is still a borderline elite fantasy player.