Sunday, July 24, 2011

Line of the Day: July 23rd, 2011

Chase Utley went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI in the Phillies 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres. It was the 19th multi-homer game of his career. (video recap)

Line: 3 AB | 2 R | 3 H | 4 RBI; BB | 2 HR

My fantasy perspective: In Utley's first 11 games of the season, he hit just .195 with a .189 BABIP. In 38 games since, he's hitting .313 with a .323 BABIP with a .405 OBP and a .535 SLG. I think it's safe to say he's healthy again even though his power numbers are down (2.8 HR%; 6.6 HR/FB%; 30.8 AB/HR).

Overall, he's only ranked as the 20th-best fantasy second baseman but fifth over the last 30 days. With most leagues quickly approaching their respective trade deadlines, now would be a great time to approach Utley owners with a fair trade offer to pry him away for the stretch run.

Question: Will Utley ever return to the MVP-caliber fantasy player he continues to be drafted as or are his best days behind him at only 32 years of age?

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