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Is Jacoby Ellsbury a top-10 fantasy option?

Updated: July 22, 2011, 5:48 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Trusted colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft and I had an interesting debate on Friday's Fantasy Focus 06010 podcast, as an emailer wanted to know whether Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury had impressed us enough to warrant top-10 overall status for 2012 drafts. Think about how far Ellsbury has come from back in March, when he was often described as either brittle or a one-trick fantasy pony, or perhaps both.

He enters this fine July weekend as fantasy's No. 3 overall player, a mere base hit behind No. 2 Jose Bautista and certainly within striking distance of top dawg Matt Kemp. We've been raving about Kemp and Bautista all year long, and here comes this stolen base champ, sneaking in with 15 home runs, 28 stolen bases and a career-best .316 batting average.


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