Brian Dozier has become one of the top fantasy options at second base due to his surging power and added speed. He was having a typical season through the first half (14 home runs, .786 OPS) but surged in the second half with 28 home runs and a .990 OPS over his last 72 games, finishing with 42 homers (the most ever for an AL second baseman). While that home run total may look like a fluke given the large leap from his previous career high (28), there are reasons to think he can approach that level again. Dozier has seen his slugging percentage increase every season in the majors and most of his other statistical measures were in line with his career, although he did have a high 18.4 percent HR/FB rate. Dozier doesn't draw walks at a great rate and strikes out a little too often, which makes his batting average a risk, but he should continue running while frequently hitting in the leadoff spot where he's been most comfortable.
Dozier went 2-for-5 with a bases-clearing double in Monday's 3-2 win over the Rangers. The two-hit performance helped Dozier double his RBI total (six) on the season. He's gotten off to a slow start in the homer and RBI departments, but Dozier's raw power at the keystone makes him one of the top fantasy second basemen. He won't hit for great average, but expect the home runs to start flowing eventually.
Dozier went 1-for-5 with a solo, inside-the-park home run during Sunday's loss to the White Sox. After missing Saturday's game with a sore right knee, it was an encouraging sign that Dozier returned to the lineup Sunday and hit his second home run of the season. While the ailment appears minor, it may cause him to be a little more cautious on the basepaths, which is something to watch in the immediate future. Dozier is off to a great start in the steals column with five through the first 11 games of the season, too.
Dozier (knee) is in the lineup at second base and will lead off in Sunday's game against the White Sox. The sore right knee that kept Dozier out of the lineup Saturday was never deemed a major concern, and his reentry into the lineup a day later seems to confirm as much. Dozier hasn't yet flashed the power that made him one of the top fantasy producers at any position over the second half of last season, but he's been active on the bases early on in 2017, going a perfect 5-for-5 on steal attempts.
Dozier is out of the Twins' lineup Saturday with right knee soreness, but MRI results have come back clean, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Manager Paul Molitor said it's a new issue that hadn't popped up until recently and it appears Dozier will still be available off the bench for Saturday's matchup with the White Sox. Initial reports say it's a right knee contusion for the All-Star and likely nothing of major concern, though the team will certainly keep an eye on the situation moving forward.
Dozier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Detroit. The long fly was the first of the campaign for Dozier, and after launching a career-high 42 home runs last season, there should be plenty more power to come. It's worth adding that he's got off to a fast start on the basepaths with three swipes already. He's in line to take another run at 20 stolen bases (his career high is 21 in 2014), and as long as Dozier maintains a serviceable batting average, he'll continue to be a high-end option at the keystone in all formats.
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