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Ben Francisco a worthy pickup

Back in February I wrote a sleeper post on Phillies outfielder Ben Francisco and if you read that and took my advice, he might be on your team. If not and he's available in your league, consider picking him up.

Francisco is getting the opportunity to play every day with Domonic Brown on the disabled list to begin the season. Through seven games, Francisco is batting .357 (10-for-28) with seven runs, two doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and a 9/2 K/BB ratio with one stolen base.

In 2008 with the Indians, Francisco had 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 447 at-bats. In 2009 betweent the Indiand and Red he had 15 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 405 at-bats.

Francisco is hitting in the middle of a good Phillies lineup and has shown power before. He also has the ability to steal bases. The average won't be high because he does have a  high strikeout rate, but he has fantasy value, especially in leagues that start five outfielders.

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