2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Justin Upton
Colby Conway takes a closer look at Justin Upton and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Los Angeles Angels veteran outfielder during the 2020 MLB season.
Justin Upton was a solid fantasy asset for years. From 2011-2018, he hit at least 20 home runs and played in 145 or more games in all but one season. It all came unraveled last year, however, when a knee injury and a few other occurrences limited to him just 63 games. His average draft position (ADP) is significantly reduced compared to years prior, and is it because of the injuries? Sure. Is it because he’s on the wrong side of 30? Sure. Is it because some of his numbers across the board are down compared to years past? Sure. However, at his current draft price, you can do much worse than a guy like Upton, and popular projection systems have him posting numbers similar to his 2018 campaign, which was quite productive.
Let’s debunk one thing right from the beginning. Upton is not injury prone. Sure, he deals with bumps and bruises, but when you play in at least 145 games in every season from 2011-2018 and then miss time with injury in one season, that’s far from injury prone....