First I have to say I’m glad to be back from vacation. My teams took a small hit while I was gone as I was limited to internet access on a lake in Northern Michigan. Anyway back to baseball and the latest move happening in Atlanta.
Now that Juan Francisco has been cut loose Chris Johnson is the everyday third baseman in Atlanta. After Johnson’s red hot start when Freeman was down, he has been able to keep the average up and still provide a great SLG%. What you get with Johnson is streakiness that cannot be denied. Twice this season he’s had 6 game stretches where he has hit over .500; then comes the 1 for 17 stints. Last year after being traded away from Houston, Johnson hit .345 for Arizona with 5HR in his first 8 games. He then was well under .200 for the next 19 games.
While only being owned in 29% of leagues he is a great pick up for any CI slot. By this time next week he will be owned in well over 60% of leagues so if you have room for a player with dual eligibility that will now get everyday ABs in very good offensive line-up Johnson is your man.
Do not expect him to continue with a .346 BA the rest of the year but he could finish near .290 and from this point on get you 12 HR and 50 RBI. If you already own him this could be a great time to sell high, especially in H2H leagues…talk with any manager that owns Moustakas, Aramis, or Lawrie at the moment.