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August 11, 2014

The Buyer's Guide

Josh Harrison

by J.P. Breen


As experienced fantasy owners, we’re all accustomed to surprise performers early in the season. We all react to differently. Some owners pepper the waiver wire with claims, hoping to ride the wave of success, while other owners wait for the wheat to separate from the chaff, if you will, before jumping on individual bandwagons.

Personally, I try to pick-and-choose my spots. I don’t prefer the claim-and-drop strategy that many owners employ, in which they claim hot-starters and quickly release them once their performance expectedly drops. I claim guys I plan to retain for a good portion of the season, investing in breakout performances I believe in. It perhaps takes a bit longer to make those decisions—and thus I can miss my chance to acquire those players—but it’s a bit more sustainable in the long term.

Josh Harrison wasn’t one of those guys. I don’t own him in a single league, while owners who took a shot on him are laughing to the bank. I didn’t believe in the early-season performance. After all, he hit .250/.290/.409 off the bench for the Pirates in 2013 and just .233/.279/.345 in 204 plate appearances in 2012. Who would reasonably expect the 27-year-old to be hitting .316/.353/.509 on August 10 and be the sixth-best fantasy third baseman, as well as the 21st-ranked fantasy outfielder?

And to be honest, I’m still not certain I believe in the performance. Thus, when Noel Baldwin (@FantasyBaldouin) suggested on Twitter that I feature Josh Harrison in this space, it resonated with me. It’s time we figure out what’s going on.

Y’all know the deal. Let’s do this.

*****

Josh Harrison stands out due to his impressive .316 batting average in mid-August; however, the Cincinnati native is also providing significant fantasy value in stolen bases (16), runs scored (53) and home runs (10). In fact, he’s one of only nine players with both double-digit homers and 15-plus steals. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t drafted in most leagues. I mean, his average-draft position was higher than 500, which means he was on the waiver wire in even the deepest of leagues.

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