Matt Kemp. Roy Halladay. Dustin Pedroia. And the list goes on – the disabled list that is. Maybe it’s just because I own them, but it seems like more star fantasy baseball players have spent time on the DL than in recent years.
But winning owners don’t sit on their hands or let a guy like Ryan Howard (who may not even play this year) occupy a valuable roster spot. Winning owners find suitable replacements, and, if necessary, drop players like Howard for guys like:
Jordan Pacheco 1B/3B COL – He’s not going to get you a ton of home runs or stolen bases, but he does make good contact. He hit better than .300 at almost every level in the minors and playing at Coors Field will help him maintain his current .304 AVG somewhere in the .285 – .305 range.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC – Not a flashy name here, but he has a 4-game hitting streak with 6 Rs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, and 1 SB in that stretch. No he won’t maintain that pace through the All-Star break, but he could keep you afloat until you find out the extent of Dustin Pedroia’s injury and how much time he will miss.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C BOS – If you need a replacement for Top 5 catcher Johnathan Lucroy, may I suggest Salty. Unlike last year, his batted balls seem to be falling for hits and he is average a home run per every 13.6 at-bats. He is striking out a bit much but beggars can’t be too picky. I’ll take his 30 HR upside.
Everth Cabrera SS SD – Troy Tulowitski‘s groin injury got you down? Good luck finding someone to replace him with. Maybe try Cabrera? He has a HR and 3 SBs in his last three starts.
Quintin Berry OF DET – No. You’re not going to replace Matt Kemp either. But maybe Quintin Berry could get you some steals racked up. He ran in the minors and he’s running right now. As long as Austin Jackson is out, he’ll probably be leading off in a potent scoring offense.
So what do we do with guys like Roy Halladay, Ted Lilly, Vance Worley and the like? If I could get any kind of serviceable pitcher in a trade I would do it. Think Josh Beckett range for Halladay. With guys like Lilly and Worley I’d probably just drop them and stream a pitcher in their roster spot until the next big waiver wire pickup comes along.
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