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Sizemore still going strong despite weaker lineup

Grady Sizemore continues to impress his fantasy owners.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While all around him "Rome" crumbles, Grady Sizemore continues to battle, putting up very good fantasy numbers.

Sizemore, in his fourth full season with the Cleveland Indians, continues to impress his fantasy owners. Despite a weaker-than-average lineup (Cleveland is 27th in batting average and 17th in runs scored), Sizemore is producing as a star should.

Through 88 games, Sizemore is hitting .274 with 57 runs scored, 22 HR, 52 RBI, 21 steals and a .537 slugging percentage. He is likely to surpass his career highs in home runs (28), RBI (78), stolen bases (33) and slugging percentage (.533).

The only categories he seems to be lagging in are batting average and runs scored. Runs may be easily explained if you look at who is batting behind him. There is no Travis Hafner or Victor Martinez. Instead it's currently Jamey Carroll (.262, 9 HR, 21 RBI) and rookie Ben Francisco (.279, 11 HR, 24 RBI). The threat, or lack of it, behind him could also be causing him to go after questionable pitches and bringing his average down.

It's hard to imagine someone doing more for his club than Sizemore has done in the first half, so you can't expect anymore in the second half. But long-term for keeper leagues, if the Indians can surround him with more talent, he could easily be a top-five overall pick.

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