Khris Davis: The Power is On


Aug 9, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis (18) hits a two run home run in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Not every player can provide you with all of the stats. There are a select few that are five-stat hitters. Most of the time, batters can provide help in one or two stats. Some can help with batting average (or OBP) while others are speed guys. The player I’m talking about here will help in the power categories, especially after his recent games. If you need help in home runs and RBI, pick up Milwaukee Brewers‘ outfielder Khris Davis.

Davis hasn’t been the best hitter in the world. His career-best batting average was .279 in his rookie year. However, he has some power to combat the poor batting average. In the 2013 season, 56 games, he had 11 home runs and 27 RBI. The following season, Davis had 22 home runs and 69 RBI with a .244 average in 144 games.

This season just more of the same. He has 12 home runs and 36 RBI with a .238/.322/.781 slashline. There is a theme with Davis’ stats. He will tank your team’s batting average, but the home runs and RBI are valuable stats.

Since returning from knee surgery on July 7, Khris Davis is hitting .217/.298/.478. It looks like he will never figure out how to make contact with the ball. Though, he has seven home runs and 20 RBI in that span. He has two two-home run games since August 6.

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He is No. 10 among outfielders on the ESPN Player Rater over the last 15 days, just ahead of Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Gonzalez.

Davis is a low-level fantasy option in standard 10-team leagues. However, in Roto leagues, he has been a good source of power recently. An occasional home run and RBI can only help you in those counting stats. With just a few weeks left in the season, you need all the help you can get.

Other fantasy owners are adding Khris Davis for what he’s worth. He’s been picked up in 10.6 percent of leagues over the last week. Those owners know they are not getting a high-average hitter or speed demon. They are getting a hitter who is either going to go 1-for-3 with a possible home run or 0-for-4. There’s no in between.

With a few top-tier outfielders dealing with minor injuries, you should look to add Khris Davis for a couple of days in their replacement.