David Dellucci -- err, Nick Markakis put forth another consistent offensive season. Looking at his weighted on base average (wOBA), he was in the .320 range for a third consecutive season. He got back to double digits in homers and went back to the fountain of his youth as a run producer, driving in more runs than he had in any of his previous six seasons. The problem with Markakis is that he does not do any one thing that well. He also does not do anything poorly. He plays nearly every day so he gets his chances to compile numbers, but RBI are a skill of opportunity, so those could disappear as quickly as they came back for him last year. If that happens, he's an everyday zero-category player, which is incredibly difficult to roster in mixed league formats, making him the equivalent of a possession receiver for fantasy baseball.
Markakis went 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored during Thursday's win over the Mets. Currently sporting a respectable .297/.384/.419 slash line with 12 runs, six extra-base hits and 10 RBI, Markakis is off to a serviceable start to 2017. The veteran lacks power upside, but he has the ability to post a solid batting average and on-base percentage while also moving the needle in the runs and RBI columns. He also carries a little extra value in points formats because he hits a lot of doubles.
Markakis went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs against the Mets on Wednesday. Although he's hit pretty steadily to open the season, this was Markakis' first three-hit game thus far. He appears poised to offer his typical complement of fantasy stats -- which is to say solid OBP and middling numbers on all other fronts -- thus rendering Markakis useful mostly in deep formats at this point.
Markakis went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in Sunday's 9-2 rout of the Padres. Markakis has collected a hit in 10 of his 11 games to start the year, hitting .293 with one home run and seven RBI. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter contributes modestly across all categories except steals, but he isn't much of a power guy, as he hasn't reached the 20-homer mark since 2008 with the Orioles. Markakis' best quality is his ability to make consistent contact and hit for a respectable average.
Markakis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins. The homer was only his first of the season, but Markakis has been one of the few consistent offensive threats in the Braves' lineup to begin the season, slashing .296/.406/.556 through seven games.
Markakis went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI in a loss to the Pirates on Friday. He's just 4-for-16 to begin the season, but three of his hits have gone for extra bases. Markakis has also struck out eight times already, however, an alarming sign for a 33-year-old who saw his strikeout rate rise above 14 percent last year for the first time since 2008. He should start making more contact soon enough, but if his bat is beginning to slow, Markakis' fantasy value could fall off a cliff very quickly.
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