How productive will Grady Sizemore be?

Updated: July 21, 2011, 11:11 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
It's usually futile to compare two players battling the same injury when it comes to their recoveries and expectations because, of course, everyone is different. However, there was some symmetry to the way fantasy owners compared former stud outfielders Grady Sizemore and Carlos Beltran for much of the past two seasons, as their balky knees were being repaired from past shredding. I got the impression fantasy owners targeted Sizemore and Beltran more based on fond memories, because optimism wasn't exactly abundant.

Watching Beltran limp around for the New York Mets the past few weeks has been painful to watch. Surely it has been more painful for him than anyone else, but I just can't see him stealing bases ever again. What a shame, since Beltran is one of the highest-percentage base stealers of this era and an exceptional overall talent. I'm hoping he can still play in 120 games and hit 20 home runs this season, and it seems fantasy owners believe that's eminently possible, despite considerable risk, since Beltran was the 48th outfielder off the board in ESPN average live drafts and remains owned in more than 95 percent of leagues.