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Collette Calls: Breaking Stan

Jason Collette

Jason Collette

Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Towers of Power Baseball Hour Podcast on iTunes. He was selected as the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year by FSWA in 2013.

Just over eight months ago, I penned a piece that said the fear people had about Giancarlo Stanton's lineup protection was irrational. While Stanton had a huge 2012 season, most overlooked the fact the batters behind him were a collective disappointment and did little statistically to protect him. The group that hit behind Stanton in 2012 combined to hit .245/.306/.360 while he hit .290/.361/.608.

Stanton finished 2013 with a .249/.365/.480 line, lost 13 home runs, drove in 28 fewer baserunners, and disappointed every fantasy owner who had him despite getting the same amount of playing time he had in 2012. So, what happened?

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