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WHYPTGUY: Fred Lewis
Cody Crosby, FantasyJuice.com

Why haven't you picked Fred Lewis up yet?

Fred Lewis is a lock to make the opening day roster for the San Francisco Giants. Though the Giants scored the second fewest runs in the NL last season, many of their players are very serviceable in all fantasy formats.

Lewis is projected as the starting left fielder and should see consistent playing time throughout the season. His numbers from last season (81 runs, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 21 SB, .282 AVG) are not impressive at first glance but you must take into account him playing only 133 games.

With regular playing time, Lewis can be projected at 30 stolen bases and at least 10 home runs. With an O-Rank of 270 over at Yahoo and an average draft position of 224 over at MockDraftCentral, Lewis can bring you lots of value for your pick.

Lewis' minor league track record shows he can steal over 30 bases in a season while expecting to see double digit home runs. Expect to see him hit around .280 but induce a good amount of walks for an OBP near .360.

The Giants are improving their abysmal offense last season. They signed Edgar Renteria in the offseason which should bring a decent bat to the infield. Pablo Sandoval will be an everyday player and should help drive the offense. Lewis is projected as a #2 hitter in the lineup.

According to Yahoo, Lewis is owned on 5% of teams. If you are looking for a fourth outfielder late in your draft Lewis should bring a lot of value at the pick. I was able to snag Lewis at pick 303 in the 26th round of a 31 round keeper-league draft.

Why haven't you picked this guy up yet?


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