Owned in fewer than 50% of league polled
OF Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks
Start Eaton him up
The Snakes' No. 1 center fielder before a sprained elbow ligament sidelined him in spring training, following some time spent in sim games, resumed his rehab assignment more than a week ago and is slated to play in the outfield for the first time this weekend. Assuming that he avoids additional setbacks, it's conceivable that the prolific thief will be activated before the All-Star break.
Kirk Gibson has the depth, and thus the luxury, of easing Eaton back into the outfield rotation. Not long after the Midsummer Classic, however, the left-handed hitter could approach preparedness for everyday duty.
The skills that made him a consensus top sleeper this past winter should still be present when he's in full swing -- say, for the season's final two months. Eaton's on-base ability (founded on his propensity to draw walks in more than a 10th of his plate appearances) will provide him with opportunities to contribute in a couple of categories, at least, even if he takes awhile to get his timing back.
Eaton, 24, stoked his roto hype by raking in spring training. He may not hit the batter's box running, but he'll stroll to first base often enough that 10 to 15 thefts in August and September are possible. He may pad a fantasy owner's run total if he gets back into the leadoff spot quickly.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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