After a lengthy stretch on the injured list, Drew Silva explains why Brandon Lowe is ready to deliver big-time numbers for fantasy managers down the stretch.
DREW SILVA: Brandon Lowe was the eighth second base eligible player to come off the board in the typical Yahoo draft this spring, with an average draft position of 73. A lingering back injury that cost him eight whole weeks between mid-May and mid-July will probably render him as a top 100 draft day bust. But he did return to the Rays active roster just before the all-star break, and went 6 for 8 with two doubles a walk and four runs scored over the first half's final weekend.
Healthy and hitting again, leading into the second half, Lowe will be looking to make up for lost time down the stretch. And fantasy managers who stuck with him through his two month IL stint, stand to reap significant benefits. Since breaking into the majors with Tampa Bay in 2018, Lowe has averaged 36 home runs and 100 RBIs for every 162 games played, to go along with a 511 slugging percentage and 851 OPS. Last year he finished in the 88th percentile of all MLB hitters in barrel rate. It's a unique power profile for the second base position, where you mostly find slap hitters and speed.