#14 Maikel Franco: Fantasy Predictions for 2016
A player doesn’t come up and start in the big leagues at the age of 22 unless he’s crazy-talented or the team he plays for is desperate. In the Phillies’ case, it’ both, and Maikel Franco is their guy at third base.
In 2015, Franco played in just 80 games, but he was on pace for 25+ HR, 100 RBI and 90 Runs scored along with his .280 average. We’re actually tempted to rank him higher, but, again, the “we’ll believe it when we see it” mentality keeps us from putting him in the top 10, especially because he spent half of last season injured.
Maikel Franco is only 23 years old, so there’s no reason he shouldn’t bounce back from just about any injury. In terms of fantasy ownership, we wouldn’t blame you for taking Franco ahead of guys like Justin Turner, Adrian Beltre or a few other guys ahead of him in the rankings, but with just one year under his belt – actually a half-year – we’d rather be safe than sorry.
Having said that… if you start to see the third basemen go early on in your draft, or if you’re in an auction draft and the crowd of third basemen starts to thin out, don’t be afraid to bid Franco up, even to $20. The upside on this guy is worth a bit of a gamble but hold off on him as long as you can just to see if you can get him for a better price.
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