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Chris Davis' First Home Run Begs Question of Legitimate Fantasy Baseball Flier in Week 3

David Hayes
Oakland Athletics v Baltimore Orioles
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After literally the worst batting stretch by any hitter in MLB history, Baltimore Orioles' first basemen Chris Davis has been making some fantasy noise over the past week.

In a streak that extended back to the end of the 2018 regular season, Davis set the record for longest hitless streak in 54 straight at-bats and 62 plate appearances without a hit. However, in his last 12 at-bats, including three from Monday's matchup with the Boston Red Sox, the former star slugger has posted four hits, two doubles, six RBI and now one home run.

Now it's easy to let his .071 batting average through 42 total at-bats in the 2019 season scare you, but if you're a fantasy owner out there who got off to a rough start, taking a risk on Davis could be worth a gamble.

Given all of the negative press he's earned from this recent slump, it's easy to forget this is still the same player that hit 53 home runs and 138 RBI with a .286 batting average in the 2013 season.

However, considering all of Davis' past success compared to his current slump, he is the true definition of fantasy upside in 2019. And there's certainly something to be said about a player that can go from flipping the switch to account for more than 12 percent of his entire 2018 season RBI total (49) just 12 at-bats after setting an embarrassing MLB record for a hitless streak.


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