Fantasy Player of the Day: Diamondbacks Outfielder Justin Upton

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 18: Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a solo home run during the first inning of the Major League Baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field on May 18, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has so much potential and gets plenty of hype by the fantasy writers each offseason, but seems to underperform each year. I am beginning to wonder if the Justin Upton we see everyday is the Justin Upton we will see everyday going forward, but then he goes out and goes 5-5, and I wonder if he is finally going to reach that next level of stardom and put up a monster season for fantasy owners.

Tonight against the Marlins, Upton went 5-5 with a HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a SB. For the season, he is hitting .261-.341-.488 with 10 HRs, 27 RBIs and 10 SBs. Upton's strikeout issues may be a thing of the past as he has lowered his K rate from 30% to 22% this year and is still walking around 9% of his at bats. He owns a 43-21 K/BB rate in 203 at bats thus far this season, and is on pace to have a 30-30 season this year.

I was talking to my brother earlier today, an Upton owner, and he was saying he was tired of looking at box scores and seeing Upton go 0-5 or 1-4 everyday. Upton may have quieted his concern for a day.

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