What a difference a year makes. Daniel Murphy missed the start of 2018 due to lingering effects of microfracture of his knee. This made a proponent of Murphy for fantasy avoid him in drafts due personal experience with the surgery. It stinks. And pain lingers making it difficult to trust the joint and it will never be 100 percent again. However, with the news of Murphy signing with Colorado, and a year past the surgery, consider myself back in his support group. After a slow start, Murphy did bounce back in the second half hitting .315/.346/.498 over 241 at-bats with 11 home runs.

This falls in line with his last three years .325/.374/.539 line with 222 runs, 60 home runs, 239 RBI, 10 stolen bases in 380 games. During this time frame, Murphy owns the second best batting average, he’s second in contact rate, 10th in swinging strike percentage and tied for 11th in weighted on-base average.

Since being a pioneer in the fly ball revolution, Murphy’s been one of fantasy’s most...