Drew Silva breaks down Manuel Margot's hot start with the Rays and explains that he is performing like a top-25 outfielder and destroying his ADP.
- Manuel Margot has flashed high-level fantasy upside in the past. Like in 2017, when he earned NL Rookie of the Year votes after putting up 13 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 126 games with the Padres.
This year, he's doing that flashing thing again to an even greater degree. Entering play on Memorial Day, May 30, the 27-year-old outfielder holds a .339 batting average and .881 OPS, which would both be career highs.
He has three home runs, five steals, and 23 RBIs in 31 games played. And he ranks as a top-25 outfielder in standard fantasy scoring, despite missing time in May because of a right-hamstring strain.
Margot earned American League Player of the Week honors just before he went on the IL. And now that he's back on the Rays' active roster, hopefully he can pick up right where he left off. In standard Yahoo drafts this spring, Margot went outside the top 300 or wasn't even selected at all.