It’s the start of the fantasy baseball season and there are already a few significant injuries. Closers, Drew Storen, Andrew Bailey and Ryan Madson are all sidelined already and high round picks such as Carl Crawford and Ryan Howard are also out. Your going to have to find replacements till they come back so you don’t get in too much of a hole in your fantasy baseball standings. There are also some fantasy baseball prospects you can target that should help you get through the injuries.
These guys aren’t going to win your fantasy baseball league for you, but they will help ease the pain of losing one of your highly drafted players for a long period of time. Most of these guys are a stop gap and not someone your going to be able to count on for the entire season. These players are available in over 50% of 2012 fantasy baseball leagues so grab them while you can.
Rafael Furcal (SS, Cardinals) Furcal had a solid first week and is one of the best fantasy baseball shortstops from 2003-07. He also added a couple steals the first week, which is promising.
First week: .435 BA, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB
Chone Figgins (3rd base, Mariners) – This guy could be a real steal if he starts playing like he did when he was an Angel. He should be a good source for steals.
First week: .381 BA, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB
Aaron Hill (2nd base, Diamondbacks) – This guy provides some pop at a position that doesn’t usually provide much power. He will also steal a base here and there.
First Week: .167 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB
Lucas Duda (1st base, Mets) – If this guy is available in your league run to the computer and pick him up. He is going to provide a lot of power in a smaller park this year.
First week: .200 BA, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB
Hector Santiago (RP, White Sox) – He looks to of taken over command of the closer job over Matt Thornton. He could be a major steal and should be a good source of strikeouts and saves.
First week: 2 IP, 4.50 ERA, 2 K, 2 SV
Brad Lidge (RP, Nationals) – This guy is kind of a stop gap until Drew Storen comes back. But the Nationals should get their fair share of wins, so this guy could get a decent amount of saves.
First week: 1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 K, 1 SV
Edison Volquez (SP, Padres) – This guy could have a great year pitching in pitcher friendly Petco Park. Should be a good source for strikeouts and a low earned run average.
First week: 5 IP, 3.60 ERA, 7 K
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