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Rickie Weeks Jr.
9/13/1982 (34 y, 5 m, 15 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 2, Overall: 2, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
$1.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Weeks went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-3 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox. (2/27/2017)
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Year in Review:
Weeks was showing some early improvements in '09 before his season was ruined by a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist after just 37 games. The second baseman's career has been littered with frustrating injuries and inconsistencies and he's no longer considered a can't-miss player despite having been a high draft pick by the Brewers organization. In limited at-bats in '09, Weeks was hitting for good power, with an ISO rate of .245 – much higher than his previous top mark of .198 in '07. His improvements were probably more small-sample-size based than a true improvement, as his strikeout rate was still quite high and his walk rate was far below his '07 and '08 rates.
The Year Ahead:
Weeks will spend much of the season as a 27-year-old, so he is theoretically entering his prime. With that said, wrist injuries have a habit of lingering, so it remains to be seen what effect it will have on his already meager offensive contributions. One thing the injury should not affect is his speed. Weeks possesses the ability to nab 20-25 bases, if so motivated. With Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder hitting behind him, Weeks could score a lot of runs, especially if he gets on base at a reasonable rate. Because of the questions surrounding his health and his offensive contributions, Weeks is better left as a waiver-wire pick-up, or a starter in NL-only leagues, if he looks good in the spring. (Marc Hulet)
Prior to 2010, Weeks had never, in his five-year career, played more than the 129 games he played in 2008. He'd broken his wrist twice since making it to the big leagues (once in May 2007 and the other time in May 2009) and served stints on the DL both for wrist tendinitis and an MCL sprain. He was, in short, the definition of a talented-but-snake-bitten player. That portrait of Weeks requires some revision, however, after a 2010 that saw him play 160 games, slash .269/.366/.464, and generally realize his potential. Though the speed from previous seasons didn't entirely show up (Weeks was just 11-for-15 on SB attempts), he tied for second among second basemen with 29 homers, and -- with his combination of on-base skills and a strong lineup around him -- scored a position-high 112 runs. While it's unlikely that he hits the 160-game mark again, it's at least evident that his talent is real. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
After years of what-ifs, Weeks finally demonstrated in 2010 what he could do in a full season. He should still be regarded with some caution, but we know the talent is real.
"Rickie Weeks is good, but he always gets hurt." Both clauses are true or mostly true. But so what? Even in only 118 games last season, he still managed 20 home runs as a second baseman, where his defensive issues aren't a problem in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Yes, there are better options in mixed leageus, but he's still one of the best fantasy players at his position in NL-only leagues. That does not mean you should pay him as a top player overall, but while his injury issues matter, do not over-react to them. His counting numbers probably go down with the departure of Prince Fielder and the likelihood of Ryan Braun being suspended for the first third of the season, but there aren't many (any?) other second basemen in the NL who are likely going to give you .275/.360/.470 with 20 homers, 80+ runs, 80+ RBI, with a few steals thrown in. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
There is always an injury concern with Weeks, but even so, he's probably the best fantasy second baseman in the National League.
Fantasy owners are excused for bailing on Weeks after he was hitting below the Mendoza Line until July 25. That was the result of a .158/.292/.294 slash line in April and May. Those two months made fantasy owners jealous of those who drafted Gordon Beckham, but Weeks closed the year hitting .260/.344/.445 from June 1 through the end of the season. That’s right in line with his performance each of the last two seasons. So don’t bail on Weeks. He will hurt in batting average, as his contact rate remained low at 75.2%, but he should provide 20+ home runs and double-digit steals thanks to Runnin’ Ron Roenicke. A return to the top of the order should help the run totals, too. And to think, he was still the 13th-ranked second baseman last season. Don’t let two months scare you away. Expect more in 2013. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
A horrendous start to 2012 hid his true value, which could result in a huge value-buy for fantasy owners among second-tier second basemen.
In 2012, Weeks spun his wheels out of the gate, hitting .158/.292/.294 in April and May before vastly improving for the remainder of the season. His sluggish start was viewed as a mere aberration. After struggling to a .209/.306/.357 slash line in 2013, however, we now can see that 2012 was perhaps more of a harbinger for things to come. Weeks experienced familiar contact issues with his contact rate dropping to 74.2%, but even more concerning was his 1.51 ground ball to fly ball ratio. He hit the highest percentage of ground balls of his career. Not surprisingly, his power declined significantly, as his .149 isolated slugging percentage was his lowest since the 2006 season. Worst of all, the Milwaukee Brewers have all but completely committed to Scooter Gennett as their everyday second baseman. There's no harm grabbing Weeks late in deeper drafts -- as he could become a platoon partner for Gennett if the latter continues to get eaten up by lefties, or he could be traded -- but even that appears to be wishful thinking at this point. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
Unless Weeks wears a different uniform on Opening Day, he likely won't have the opportunity to rebound from his career-worst season. Milwaukee seems to have turned the page. Unfortunately, so should you.
Despite being only two years removed from a 21 homer, 16 stolen base season, Weeks is a free agent as of this writing. If some team thinks they're in such a bad way at second that they need to sign Weeks and give him 500+ plate appearances, Weeks' power/speed combo could make him somewhat relevant as a 15/10 season might be in play. But given that it's January 2015 and no one has signed him, it's highly unlikely he's going to be given the opportunity to get to the plate anywhere near enough to be fantasy relevant. (
The Quick Opinion:
Unless some team is desperate enough at second base to give Weeks 500 plate appearances, he's no longer relevant. As of this writing, he's a free agent, so it's highly unlikely he'll be signed by someone who will give him regular playing time.
Rickie Weeks looked absolutely lost at the plate last season, his first outside of Milwaukee. Somehow just 33 years old, Weeks likely isn’t out of chances, but he should be off of your fantasy radar. (Zach Sanders)
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Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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