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Konerko and Wells Revitalized, Do You Buy or Sell?

Paul Konerko and Vernon Wells are not having career years.  They’re kicking it like it’s 2005.  Both received MVP votes in 2005, and now both are top-20 fantasy players this year.  Are you buying their success?

Let’s look at the numbers:

Konerko: 14/11/21/0/.295

Wells: 20/8/17/1/.323

As far as power is concerned, Wells is on pace for nearly 50 home runs.  Never before in his career has he hit more than 33.  Such an increase is unlikely.  Wells has not hit more than 20 home runs since 2006.  He came up as a big prospect long ago and there has been a feeling surrounding him, even in his best years, that he is not living up to his potential.  Wells is, by all accounts, fully healthy this year and motivated to show what he can do.  30 home runs are well within his reach.  The batting average will almost certainly sink, but the power numbers should be there at the end of the year.

Konerko is on pace to hit around 70 home runs.  He is not in the same league as a non-roided Barry Bonds, so to put him on the same level as a raging Bonds would be ridiculous.  That being said, last year Konerko had 28 home runs with 88 RBIs and a decent .277 batting average.  He’s got a couple of 40 home run years in his past, so the power will likely be there at the end of the  year, just not at this record-setting clip.  He should be able to maintain a similar batting average as well.

Both players have been on their teams for years and have often been under-appreciated.  Neither went high in most fantasy drafts.  2010 is the year for them to prove everyone wrong and roll back the clocks to 2005.