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Fantasy Baseball: In The Batter’s Box


By: Joe Bond

May is now behind us and we are headed toward the summer months of baseball.  Injuries have been the news of late with Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Kemp, Dustin Pedroia, Nick Markakis and many others hitting the DL.  With that many injuries occurring you can’t help but be affected by it and asking yourself what to do.  Problem with most of these guys is you don’t have enough DL spots on your team to hold all of them but you can’t drop them either.  That then leads to the question of who can I add to replace the production lost from my stars.  Below are a few that I have seen available, along with some guys that if you still own I think are worthy drops if you need the room.


Dexter Fowler (OF – Col) – If you were to look at all the names of the players I have on this list and tell me who has the most home runs on the season Fowler is not the player you probably would choosen.  Well surprise, he is in fact leading this group with 8 home runs and half of them have come in the last 15 days.  Also in those 15 days he is batting .406 with 11 runs and 10 RBI.  Fowler also has some speed but has not shown it yet, some of that could be because he has been playing on an injured ankle for a lot of year, so expect the stolen bases to pick up.

Ty Wigginton (1B/3B/OF – Phi) – Wigginton has been on fire the last week hitting 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 7 runs and also hitting .375.  He is the type of streaky hitter that when he gets on a run like this you want to own him.  Another huge advantage to owning him is his multi-position eligibility, which gives you a lot flexibility where to place him on your team.

A.J. Ellis (C – LAD) – I mentioned him last week when I wrote my article about players to pick up that can help you in specific categories but Ellis is making himself a very good overall catcher to own. He is currently ranked 10th in ESPN for the catcher position batting .316 on the year with 5 home runs,  23 RBI and 18 runs.  He is not going to get near a Matt Wieters or Mike Napoli type of catcher for fantasy production, but he is doing better than a lot of catchers that are owned in more leagues.

Michael Brantley (OF – Cle) – He has zero power but has been very productive in every other category posting 26 runs, 21 RBI and 9 steals.  About a third of his runs and RBI have come in the last week so it is easy to say he is heating up.  Most of his steals have come in the last 15 days too with 6 of his 9 during that time, but I think that is just a sign that he is really starting turn it on.   

Paul Goldschmidt (1B – Ari) – Goldschmidt has been nothing but disappointing this season but he is really starting to turn things around. He is currently on a 9 game hit streak and in those 9 games he has hit 2 home runs and scored 7 times.  If you are in deep leagues or have extra infield position spots then I would look his way.

Carlos Pena (1B – TB) – Yes I know Pena has a lot of power but is easily killing your teams batting average.  He does close to nothing unless he hits a home run, proof of that being 7 of his 11 RBI in the month of May have come when he has hit one.  If you are desperate for power, go ahead and keep him, but I think there are plenty of guys available that can give you his type of power that hit better than .134 in May.

Cameron Maybin (OF – SD) – In very deep leagues I can see keeping Maybin for steals and even runs.  But in standard 10 or 12 team leagues there is no way I would be able to deal with the .216 average he has on the year.  It doesn’t help that he only has 5 runs the in the last 15 games.  Just like Pena I can find players that are available to give me steals and runs without the risk Maybin brings.

Alex Gordon (OF – KC) – Gordon is a tough drop for me because after last season I feel like he should be a top 20 fantasy out fielder.  Instead he is batting a mere .237 with only 4 home runs.  His RBI and run total is not horrible at 20 and 24, but there are just too many outfielders available producing better numbers than him to keep him around.

Miguel Montero (C – Ari) – Montero is the same as Gordon to me in that after such a successful 2010 campaign I thought he was going to be a top fantasy catcher this year.  After two months he is ranked 17th for catchers according to ESPN with only 2 home runs, 21 RBI and 18 runs.  A.J. Ellis and other catchers are available in your league that will give you much more production that Montero, it is time to make the switch.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including,, and Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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