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Dexter Fowler(notes) is going to be a high-maintenance fantasy option to begin the season. On opening day, with Colorado facing the right-handed Yovani Gallardo(notes), Fowler will sit in favor of Seth Smith(notes). He's expected to start on Tuesday and Wednesday against left-handers Randy Wolf(notes) and Doug Davis(notes). Presumably he'll also start against Padres lefty Clayton Richard(notes) on Friday, in the Rockies' home opener.
Fowler is a switch-hitter of course, but manager Jim Tracy likes him quite a bit better from the right side. This via MLB.com:
"Dexter, left-handed, is still working some things out. I am planning that Dexter will play Tuesday."
Fowler hit .321/.377/.482 in 137 at-bats against left-handers in 2009, but just .240/.357/.372 against righties. (Note that he gets himself on-base at an acceptable rate from either side). It's important to realize that neither Fowler nor Smith were great options away from Coors Field last year. Nonetheless, for those of you in larger leagues where daily lineup maneuvering is allowed, a Fowler/Smith fantasy platoon wouldn't be the worst play. Dexter stole 27 bases last season at age 23; Seth hit 15 homers in just 335 at-bats.
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