Bounce Back Player of the Week – Rollins
11 February 2011
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This will be a weekly column leading up to the start of the baseball season highlighting players I’m looking at for a significant jump in stats over last year.
Week 1’s Selection: Jimmy Rollins
J-Roll is coming off his worst statistical season since becoming a full time major leaguer. He’s 32 year old, had a rash of leg injuries last season and his game depends upon speed. Right about now you’re probably wondering why I would pick him as a bounce back player for 2011! Well, I have 3 good reasons:
1) He’s healthy again after a full off season of workouts and his new found fondness of yoga.
2) He’s extremely likely to be hitting in the #5 spot which will give him a lot of RBI chances in that lineup.
3) IT’S A CONTRACT YEAR! He knows he has to produce to get paid, isn’t it funny how that always seems to help.
With those factors and the lack of quality depth at shortstop, I’d safely bet on Rollins being a top 5 shortstop again this year with the potential to end up as high as 3rd.
2011 Fantasy Forecast: 85 R, 18 HR, 90 RBI, 25 SB, .265 Avg