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Fantasy owners still not buying into Bartolo Colon's hot streak

By Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Bartolo Colon might look foolish at the plate, but he's no joke on the mound.(USATSI)
Bartolo Colon might look foolish at the plate, but he's no joke on the mound.(USATSI)

Earlier this week, I wrote in the Waiver Wire column how criminal I thought it was that Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was still unowned in 25 percent of Fantasy leagues. Clearly, my message wasn't strong enough, as Colon's ownership has risen just 1 percent this week.

Colon has been pretty good for Fantasy owners over a long stretch. He has at least 28 Fantasy points in five of the last scoring periods, including Week 13, and is the 28th-highest scoring starting pitcher in points formats. In Rotisserie formats, he's the 42nd-ranked pitcher (including relievers) and over the last 28 days he checks in as the eighth-ranked pitcher.

I still don't get the hesitation to add Colon. Sure he gives up a lot of hits, but he doesn't compound the problem with a high walk rate and his strikeout rate is up compared to the last two seasons. Sure maybe the Mets aren't contenders, but Colon has proven he doesn't need a ton of run support to pick up victories.

I know sometimes you can be hesitant to chase a hot streak, but there's a lot of Fantasy points being left on waivers because Fantasy owners are hesitant to add Colon. His numbers are starting to look a lot like what he did last season, when he finished as the 12th-highest scoring pitcher in points formats and 19th-ranked pitcher in Rotisserie formats.

To show you I'm not all talk, I moved Colon up to 38th in the starting pitcher rankings.

 
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