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Lack of walks will hurt value of some noteworthy fantasy options, but not all

Tim Anderson has drawn seven walks in 270 plate appearances this season. How could this affect his value? Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson singled, tripled, scored twice and knocked in two runs in Tuesday’s rout of the Philadelphia Phillies, but he sure didn’t draw any walks. Why would he? Anderson is a hacker with a 2.6 percent walk rate, which would be the second-lowest in baseball with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title. Anderson isn’t likely to ever win a batting title because there’s no semblance of plate discipline. He’s drawn seven walks this season in 270 plate appearances, and as you might have guessed, the strikeout rate is high. If you’re relying on Anderson, be careful about the batting average. It could and likely will plummet at any time.

Of course, not everyone with a low walk rate is going to struggle to hit their weight.