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  1. He might not have missed time on the DL, but he was reportedly nagged by last year’s ankle injury for much of this year (http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/29/rickie-weeks-still-not-fully-recovered-from-ankle-sprain/).

    Comment by Ben — October 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  2. I find that somewhat hard to believe and the article you’re citing is from three months before the season started.

    Weeks did deal with some small scale injuries to his wrist and hand, and it wouldn’t surprise me if those played some small part in his issues, but if the bar for being healthy is being 100 percent healthy, then I’m not sure any player in MLB ever has a wholly healthy season.

    Comment by Dan Wade — October 23, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  3. Would you rather have Weeks or Altuve, fantasy wise? Weeks has a longer track record but is more inconsistent, whereas Altuve has a small sample size and his value is largely dependent on batting average (and he only hit .264 against righthanders this season).

    Comment by Art — October 23, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  4. I think it just depends on what you need. I like Altuve’s speed and I like the fact that he’s just 22 and will almost certainly get better from here. He fits what a lot of people like to get out of their second baseman, but I don’t love the rest of his lineup which could make him less valuable in runs scored.

    Rickie Weeks has been my fantasy stalwart for years in both keeper and redraft, but that’s because I really like to build teams of guys who can do a little bit of everything. Weeks will steal some bases, hit a few HR, get both R and RBI when he’s playing well, and while he won’t do any of those exceptionally well, he’s a guy I don’t mind seeing on Sunday Night Baseball knowing I need 1-2 of something to win a category.

    Simply from an age standpoint, Altuve is on the rise and Weeks is going to start seeing a decline sooner or later. Both are useful and while I might give them about equal value, I certainly don’t think of them as interchangeable at all.

    Comment by Dan Wade — October 24, 2012 @ 2:40 am

  5. Sorry, I realize that response came out more aggressive than I intended. What I meant was that for Weeks’ ankle sprain to be a big reason for his slow start, it would have had to have been much more severe than it was. I don’t doubt that in January or February it was still a bit weak, but for that weakness to linger into April and May would have indicated a huge setback in his rehab/strength training and that just wasn’t ever floated as a possible reason for his slow start.

    Comment by Dan Wade — October 24, 2012 @ 2:43 am

  6. I don’t think it was entirely to blame, but I think it played a part. That was just the first article I found on it, but I recall it being mentioned here on Fangraphs. But the bigger point is that for someone with Week’s pedigree, I think more than one thing has to go wrong for him to play as terribly as he did at the beginning of this year. I think it was likely a mixture of a nagging injury, an adjustment to his approach that proved counterproductive, and some good old fashioned bad luck.

    All in all, he killed me this year (and turned it on right AFTER my keeper league trade deadline.) but I’m betting on a bounceback next year.

    Comment by Ben — October 24, 2012 @ 11:05 am

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