May 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers outfielderShin-Soo Choo
at bat against the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Fantasy owners tend to overreact to a lot early in the season. I am one of them, too. There were a couple of players I dropped within the first two weeks and I regret doing so. While he wasn’t one of the players I dropped, I know a lot of owners who did. I would look to pick up Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo if he is still available.
I wrote about Choo being a bounce-back option for this season after a disappointing 2014. He finished with a .242/.340/.374 line in 123 games. I chalked some of this up to his teammates, particularly Prince Fielder, not being healthy. So, with a healthy Rangers lineup ready in April, Choo was primed to have a rebound season.
But, that wasn’t the case. April was arguably Choo’s worst month of his career. He went 5-for-52 with one home run, seven RBI and a 0.96 batting average. Owners couldn’t drop him fast enough. Who wants to deal with that kind of production, or lack thereof, from an aging outfielder?
Choo obviously got wind of his low fantasy ownership percentage because May has been a completely different month. His batting average jumped to .233 in just 15 games. He has four home runs, 11 RBI and five walks so far this month. Choo currently ranks 14th on ESPN’s Player Rater over the last 15 days.
While he will cool off sometime in the near future, Choo looks to be back to his normal self. He is back hitting at the top of the order and getting on base. If he can keep this up, his fantasy value will continue to rise. Owners look to be getting back on the Shin-Soo Choo bandwagon because his ownership percentage went from 33.2 to 52.4 percent in a week.
I wouldn’t rush out to grab Choo in a standard 10-team league. Though, if you play in a deeper or AL-only league, Choo should be on your waiver wire radar in Week 7.