Reed Johnson only useful vs. LHP
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2013) The Braves will likely turn to outfielder Reed Johnson against left-handed pitchers with Jason Heyward out, and the 36-year-old showed Tuesday that he can still turn on southpaws with ease. He went 4 for 4 in the game with three doubles to up his batting average to .300.
In his career, Johnson has shown a severe platoon split, batting .310 against lefties and .265 against righties, with a significant increase in overall power production against lefties as well. Unfortunately for prospective Fantasy owners, Johnson's split means he will continue to be the smaller side of the platoon, even if he is a better overall option than Jordan Schafer.
In deeper, daily Fantasy formats, it might be worth juggling the roster to get Johnson active against left-handed pitchers. Other than that, he probably isn't worth your time, with Heyward expected to miss just a couple of weeks.