Will Middlebrooks: Time to buy or sell?

Updated: April 8, 2013, 1:40 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks entered Sunday hitting .200, and in our reactive, impatient fantasy world, that was enough to elicit concern on Twitter about whether his wrist, which was fractured last season, was healthy, whether poor plate discipline would catch up to him and if this remained someone to rely on. After all, Middlebrooks is going in the 19th round in ESPN average live drafts -- you can still get in the game, you know! -- so the investment is modest at best, and many want immediate results.

Um, nobody will be thinking about dropping Middlebrooks after Sunday's performance, when immediate results came, and then some.

Middlebrooks slugged three home runs, just missed a fourth and doubled in Boston's 13-0 romp over 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox as a team entered the day with two home runs in their first five games, then exploded for six on Sunday alone. Middlebrooks is projected by ESPN Fantasy for 23 home runs and 79 RBIs, with the risk coming in batting average. Those are reasonable power numbers, worth owning in all leagues, and there's upside for more.