We’re heading into week number eight of the Fantasy Baseball season and the injuries are mounting. In addition to the heartbreaking news about Jose Fernandez being lost for the season the Rangers Martin Perez is also out for the season with Tommy John as is most likely Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. Also add to the list of injured players the Yankees Carlos Beltran, the Rays Ben Zobrist, the Mets Dillon Gee, the Blue Jays Colby Rasmus just to name too many.
This Fantasy season is really effed up isn’t it? Here is a list, in no particular order, that may provide some relief to you who have rosters affected by injuries.
Juan Francisco 1B 3B Blue Jays: Francisco is belting bombs and that’s probably what’s keeping him in the Jays lineup. His slash line of .282/.367/.600/.967 might be another. He’s currently 49% owned in ESPN leagues so grab him while you can. (Stats)
Seth Smith OF Padres: Smith had a ten game hitting streak snapped on Friday but looking at his line of .333/.421/.570/.991 is reason enough for me to give this guy a look this week. He’s also owned in just 31% of ESPN leagues so he is available. (Stats)
Jordan Lyles SP Rockies: Normally I would be hesitant to recommend a Rockies pitcher but this has been anything but a normal season. Lyles is 3-0 at home and 2-0 on the road. He isn’t striking out a lot of batters but his WHIP of 1.09 and ERA of 2.66 makes him an interesting pickup this week. Currently he’s owned in 45% of ESPN Leagues and he pitches on Saturday the 17th against San Diego at home. (Stats)
Dustin Ackley 2B Mariners: Ackley hasn’t been spectacular but he has been steady for the Mariners this season. His slash line of .267/.326/.450/.776 isn’t bad for a middle infielder. He has also hit four bombs for the Mariners and he might be able to help you this week. He’s also widely available in all leagues so he might be worth a look. (Stats)
Tanner Roark SP Nationals: Roark is by no means a world beater but he has pitched well for the Nationals this season. His WHIP of 1.09 and ERA of 3.60 is solid and at times he can be a good source of strikeouts as he was when he recorded eight against the Padres earlier in the season. He’s widely available in all leagues and with his next start being Wednesday against the Reds there is time to decide on Roark. (Stats)
On this weeks edition of Fantasy Baseball Weekly Viva El Birdos Managing Editor Eric Johnson joins me to offer several replacement options for injured Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, closers on the hot seat and much more Fantasy Baseball talk. You can download the show by visiting my site here.
Good luck this week Fantasy Baseball Owner!