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Melvin Upton Jr.
Birthdate: 8/21/1984 (32 y, 7 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/180     Position: OF
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 2, Overall: 2, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Contract: $75.2M / 5 Years (2013 - 2017)
RotoWire News: Upton (shoulder) took batting practice Saturday and is expected to return to game action Sunday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports. (3/25/2017)
Injury: Shoulder, Day-To-Day
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: I imagine the odds of Melvin Upton Jr. going 20-20 last year were pretty low entering the season. Surprisingly, Upton saw himself back on the map even in standard formats at times last year as he rebounded very nicely with the Padres over 92 games and 374 plate appearances. He hit well the season prior, but was in more of a reserve role. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Blue Jays traded for Upton midway through the year which basically halted his fantasy worthiness. Not only did he move back into a temporary platoon type role, but he was back to the Upton of his Atlanta days, hitting under .200. Upton's power and speed combination will always make him an interesting target if he gets regular plate appearances. Entering 2017, it is likely Upton will be on the short side of a platoon and essentially will have close to no fantasy value unless an injury happens in front of him or he hits himself out of the platoon. When acquiring him, even if it ends up being midseason, expect to receive a low average with a mix of home runs and speed. With a big lack of speed in the game today, it is plausible Upton finds himself as a popular waiver addition midway through the year. 

The Quick Opinion: Melvin had a huge 2016, going 20-20 for the first time since 2012. Unfortunately he was moved to a contender mid-year and saw his playing time drop along with his production. He is best left on the waiver wire on draft day, but he could be a popular addition midway through the year if a Blue Jay outfielder gets injured or struggles. 

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