The Duel

Clint Frazier's Fantasy Value Up While Filling in for Giancarlo Stanton

David Kaestle
New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox
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It's been a considerable amount of time since we've seen the Yankees highly-touted outfielder Clint Frazier on the MLB baseball field. Frazier's last major league appearance came on July 15, 2018.

Monday morning, the Yankees announced they were calling up Frazier to fill in for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was put on the injured list (IL) with a left bicep strain.

While Frazier does not have an enormous major league sample size to point to, his mere insertion into this murder's row of a Yankee lineup should be enough to consider him as a player to pick up in fantasy.

Frazier won't play Monday, but it would be safe to expect him to man left field for the majority of the time Stanton is on the pine.

From a matchup perspective, the outlook is pretty good for Frazier. The Yankees next 12 games include three-game sets against the Tigers, Orioles, Astros and White Sox. Three of those teams (Tigers, Orioles, White Sox) project to be among the worst in baseball.

In 15 at-bats against the Tigers in his career, Frazier has 3 hits, 3 runs, a triple and two RBI. In the same number of at-bats against Baltimore, Frazier has 4 hits and 4 runs with 2 doubles.

The Astros are one of the best teams in the AL on paper, and just two years removed from winning the World Series, but their pitching staff took a hit this offseason with the loss of both Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton.

So, while Frazier might not have the most stellar numbers to back up his play, he does provide help in runs, total bases and situational hitting. If you look at the Yankee lineup he will be joining, the amount of playing time he will get and the opponents he will face while in said lineup, it all points to Frazier being someone to pick up for your fantasy team, especially in deeper leagues of 12 or more teams.

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