MLB Fantasy Baseball: Why Aquiring Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley Is a Must

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MLB Fantasy Baseball: Why Aquiring Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley Is a Must
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Michael Brantley is red hot and currently on the must-have list in the fantasy baseball market.

But from a fantasy baseball standpoint, expectations for the 24-year-old right fielder weren't very high coming into this season. He had a career batting average of .264 with just three home runs and 33 RBI in his short career (2008-10).

Then again, nobody knew Grady Sizemore would be battling injuries throughout 2011. This has placed Ezekiel Carrera in center, giving Brantley more opportunities on the field than anticipated.

And it turns out that the Indians have found a darn good right fielder.

More than halfway through the baseball calendar, Brantley has proved his case for why he should be in the starting lineup day in and day out. His numbers have exploded as of late, and his availability in fantasy baseball leagues is quickly disappearing.

The time is right; you need to pick up Michael Brantley if you can, and here's why.

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