Why was Rickie Weeks weak?
We sure that wasn't Jemile Weeks? The elder brother's identity crisis puzzled many owners over Rickie's first three months, during which he clubbed just six home runs and hit .183. Decrying the "same old" Weeks made sense, to a degree, considering he hasn't hit higher than .279 in an at least a full-ish slate and there was speculation his health was once again a factor.
Weeks' second half was much more accurate. After regaining the strength in his lower body that was seemingly sapped because of lingering ankle woes, he notched, post-break, an OPS of .800 complete with 13 homers. The most important ingredient was turning those abundant infield cans of corn into digestible dingers.
In fact, in the final three months, he stole 10 of his 16 bags, and his strikeout rate dipped from 22.2 percent to 21.4 to 19.3. Though the dispersion is miniscule, he posted his highest contact percentage (75.2) in the last three years. More importantly, his swinging-strike rate of 9.9 was his lowest by a more significant margin in the last four years.
A healthy Weeks in a full season with these positive changes would revisit his top-five upside among keystoners. Luckily, the middle-round projection by most circles, which may look blindly at his surface numbers, gives him plenty of room to reward your bid with one of fantasy's optimal profit opportunities.
About Tim Heaney
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