Chris Crawford explains why fantasy managers need to take Angels' David Fletcher seriously on the heels of his impressive 26-game hitting streak.
CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD: On Sunday, David Fletcher went 0-for-5 in a loss to the Mariners. And while normally that wouldn't stand out, it was notable, because it put an end to a 26-game hit streak for the shortstop. With all of the things going on in baseball right now, you'd be forgiven that you didn't know that Fletcher had that long of a hit streak, but it's probably time to take him more serious as a fantasy player.
In 12 games of the month of July, the 27-year-old has 25 hits in 56 at bats-- that's a .446 batting average-- and he's slugging .679 in that time frame, showing that he's not just dinking and dunking the baseball. The strengths with Fletcher are obvious. His elite hand-eye coordination and short swing make him extremely difficult to strike out, and hitting at the top of the Los Angeles order has its perks as well.
The flaws are just as obvious too. The infielder doesn't hit for power, and he really isn't a stolen base threat either. Are there better fantasy shortstop options right now? Of course. But those who can take a hit in the power category and need help in the average category shouldn't just consider adding Fletcher. They should roster him right now.