#9 Adrian Beltre: Fantasy Predictions for 2016
The only concern we have about Adrian Beltre is that he’ll be 37 years old this season. The other concern we have for you, the fantasy baseball owner, is how you messed up in your draft to where you have to really weigh your options with Adrian Beltre. Will he kill you? No. Will he help? Actually, yes, but he won’t wow you in any way, at least not any more.
You can count on Beltre to hit 15-20 HR, although he’s not likely going to hit .300 ever again. Count on Beltre to just about duplicate his stats from last season… and we hasten to say this, but we also want you to be prepared with a backup third baseman. Turning 37 and playing every day is taxing on the body, and he’s been extremely durable for many, many years (he has played in 140+ games in 13 of his 17 full-time seasons).
Now, let’s back up: making sure you have a backup for Adrian Beltre is a trouble sign right there if you’re looking for Beltre to be your everyday guy. Beltre should be on your roster as a backup third baseman and a DH while he has a hot bat if there’s no on eels on your team who’s hitting up to par. Beltre will get you 3-4 runs per week, 1 HR every other week, and 3-4 RBI per week – that’s it – but he’ll do it consistently. If you can, you should have a guy in your lineup who’s capable of 6+ runs, 3 HR and 9 RBI every week. Not saying you’ll have a guy do that, but a guy capable of doing that. Adrian Beltre, unfortunately, is no longer that guy, unless he hits the PEDs really hard in the off-season.
Adrian Beltre Fantasy Stats and Indicators