Carl Crawford (OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Zach - RotoBaller

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ANALYSIS: Carl Crawford enjoyed a nice semi-resurgence in 2013 hitting for average with some speed and runs. After a slow start in April, Crawford is now 15-for-his-last-36, raising his BA from .245 to .280, and he is hitting .396 with all three of his home runs in May and is looking like a solid fantasy outfielder. There are a few concerns which limit his total productivity. He hardly walks at all and, since April 25th Crawford has hit sixth or lower in the lineup all but three times. Despite his decent speed this limits how effective he can be at scoring runs - he is currently on pace for just ~65 runs scored.  Batting lower in the lineup will also limit how much he can steal basis, so despite Crawford’s good rep for speed, his runs and steals are limited. There's also his injury history. A best case scenario probably gives Crawford 25 SB this year with 15-20 being a more realistic number. Even without top speed right now, he is hitting very well in May and could certainly be a great option as your 4th or 5th fantasy OFer in most leagues.

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