2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections, No. 24: Jose Reyes Due for 50-Steal Season

Nick Kappel@@NickKappelAnalyst IIIFebruary 2, 2011

NEW YORK - AUGUST 14:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets runs the bases after during his triple against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 14, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Our 2011 fantasy baseball projections will be released one by one until the top 100 players have been revealed. These rankings consider past achievements, current performance and expected future results based on standard 5×5 H2H settings.

During a four-year period from 2005 to 2008, Jose Reyes was one of the elite players in fantasy baseball, averaging 113 runs, 14 HRs, 66 RBI, a whopping 65 steals and a .287 batting average per season.

During that four-year span, Reyes missed a total of just 15 games and was widely regarded as a top five pick in 2009 drafts.

Reyes has missed 155 games over the last two seasons, however, including 29 last year due to a lingering oblique injury and an overactive thyroid.

Given a clean bill of health this season, there’s nothing to suggest Reyes can’t return to elite form. Still just 27, Reyes will have plenty of opportunity to steal and score batting in front of a (hopefully) healthy lineup that includes Carlos Beltran, David Wright and Jason Bay. Expect Reyes to be among the league leaders in stolen bases in 2011.

 PARHRRBISBAVG
2010 stats60383115430.282
Three-year average51171104632.289
2011 FBI Forecast660105136547.290

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