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Player profile: Rickie Weeks

There goes a broken TV screen as a remote goes flying and there goes a broken lamp as fantasy owners see the name Rickie Weeks. The Brewers second basemen has probably burned and caused a lot of ulcers for owners the past few seasons. I'm sure many of you have given up on him and crossed him off your draft lists.

The talent is there. The production hasn't been. Injuries and a poor average have held him back. Weeks looked to be on his way to one of his better seasons last year before his ended with a torn sheath in his left wrist. In 147 at-bats, he hit .272 with 28 runs, nine home runs, 24 RBIs and two stolen bases.

Since 2005, Weeks has never had 500 at-bats in a season and topped 400 at-bats just twice. He is a career .247 hitter. He does strike out a lot, but he has also shown the ability to draw walks. Weeks is 28 and has the skills to go 20-20 or more. He went 13/15 in 2005, 16/25 in 2007, and 14/19 in 2008.

That's why we still have faith in Weeks. If he could ever get 500 at-bats or more, he could put up a good season. He currently has an average draft position of 192 at mockdraftcentral.com. He's worth the risk at that point, especially if you wait for a second baseman. I wouldn't invest heavily, but it doesn't look like he will cost much.

Weeks will eventually have that big season we have all been waiting for and it will likely occur when all the Weeks supporters over the last few seasons hop off the bandwagon.

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