Marlins first baseman Justin Bour is having the best season of his career, yet fantasy owners don’t seem to want anything to do with him.
The Miami Marlins have a solid core of offensive players that can carry this team to success for years. That is, unless the new ownership team wants to ship them away. One batter that is contributing as much as the rest is Justin Bour. But he’s available in a lot of leagues.
Bour has been around for just four seasons but it feels longer. He played in just 39 games in his first season but broke rookie status during the 2015 season. Bour hit 23 home runs and hit .264 in his 129 games. That’s not a bad season for a No. 2 first baseman or corner infielder.
He played in just 90 games last season but has bounced back greatly this year. Bour is having a career year, posting highs in multiple categories.
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Bour has hit 25 home runs (career high), 78 RBI (ch), 51 runs scored (ch) and a .297/.373/.559 slash line, also career highs. He is the No. 22 first baseman on the Player Rater for the season and 21st over the last 30 days.
Though, fantasy owners don’t feel the need to own him. He is owned in 52.4 percent of ESPN leagues. That is including a 21.5 percent jump over the last week. That means that is ownership percentage was at 30.9 percent at one point.
Form Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, Bour went 7-for-19 (.368) with four home runs and 10 RBI. He has gone 1-for-5 (game is still going on as of this writing) since then but there is another power surge ready to end the season.
Bour was a 24th round pick in ESPN leagues. With the season he is having, whoever owns him got huge value out of this pick. He is patient at the plate, 90 strikeouts to 44 walks and has great lineup protection with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna ahead of him.
With his power potential, Bour needs to be added for the final week of the baseball season. As for next season, he is easily a top-20 first baseman with top-15 potential. At 29-years-old, Bour has a few good years ahead of him. He’s worth investing in keeper and dynasty leagues.