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Fantasy Fallout From Sanchez-Turner-JBJ Injuries

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We are only one week into the fantasy baseball season and already have seen some big names go down with injuries. Sure, you could sit and pout if you have these guys. You are looking for an excuse/reason as to why your team is underperforming and having an injured player or two makes you feel better about yourself.

However, the greats can overcome this travesty and bounce back with some great fill-in options. If you drafted well, your bench players can step into larger roles and your team won’t miss a beat. If you didn’t draft good bench players, there are still many ways you can attempt to keep your team afloat while your injured players recover.

Luckily, none of these injuries appear too damaging. So really you are looking at two-to-four weeks of mining the waiver wires. The best way to approach this is to look at the teams that have injured players and note the team lineup changes without them. Sometimes the best option comes from within and the rest of your league doesn’t notice it.

Here’s the fantasy fallout of the injured youngsters of early 2017.

Fantasy Fallout: Sanchez-Turner-JBJ Injuries

Gun Show delayed for Gary Sanchez

Anyone notice that Gary Sanchez has the same initials as ‘Gun Show’. I mean, that would be a really cool nickname for a player and his biceps. Well, I guess that would have been cool if I had thought of that before his injury.

Positional Replacement

With Sanchez out, the immediate reps behind the plate will go to Austin Romine, who is better know for defense than offense. I know that some folks in two-catcher leagues got excited, but don’t go for Romine unless he is the absolute last catcher left and you had Sanchez. His 0.221/0.259/0.327 career slash line will not intimidate any opposing pitcher.

The interesting name to monitor here is rookie call-up Kyle Higashioka. No, I likely cannot pronounce his last name correctly. However, I can certainly read into his minor league stats from 2016. He slugged 0.511 over two upper minor league levels last season with 21 homers in just 104 games. His raw power and decent-for-a-catcher 0.52 BB/K definitely plays if he starts getting at-bats. If the Yankees want to try to replace what they lose from Sanchez over the next month, I suspect that they start playing Higashioka semi-regularly.

Lineup Changes

OrderBeforeAfter
1GardnerGardner
2SanchezEllsbury
3BirdBird (Carter)
4HollidayHolliday
5EllsburyCastro
6CastroHeadley
7HeadleyJudge
8JudgeRomine
9TorreyesTorreyes

Not much to report here! The biggest jump belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury, who returns to a higher spot. That definitely helps his run scoring chances, but Aaron Hicks has been giving him more off days than fantasy owners would want.

Nationals offense hamstrung by Trea Turner

Trea Turner turner-ed heads last season and was a controversial topic in 2017 drafts. To take him early or leave him be? Well, the leavers are looking smart so far although they probably didn’t want it to happen this way.

Positional Replacement

This looks like a platoon between veteran Stephen Drew and up-and-comer Wilmer Difo. Drew is terrible and you should in no way, shape, or form think that he can continue his small sample size from 2016. Moderate pop and god awful average from Drew is more than likely.

Difo has noticeable speed and is a good contact hitter. His on-base skills are lacking and he won’t give you much pop. He would be a hot pickup if he were to get obvious everyday looks, but alas, Dusty gonna Dusty. Best to stay away from both of these players with Turner set to return in two weeks at most. If you are desperate, Turner owners in deeper leagues can look to Difo as a handcuff.

Lineup Changes

OrderBeforeAfter
1TurnerEaton
2EatonRendon
3MurphyHarper
4HarperMurphy
5ZimmermanZimmerman
6RendonWerth
7WerthDrew (Difo)
8WietersWieters

There’s hardly any shifting here. Adam Eaton shifts to the leadoff spot while Anthony Rendon receives the biggest boost in the lineup. From sixth to second, Rendon better make the most of his time at the top.

A knee-jerk reaction to Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. has been a steady producer since the beginning of last season. A breakout performer, I was looking forward to watching him play in 2017. The outfield combination in Boston is as fun as it gets in the major leagues. We will have to delay those fun times for another week or so.

Positional Replacement

Veterans Chris Young and Brock Holt will hold down the fort in JBJ’s absence. It seems like every year Holt has that string of games where he is a rosterable player in fantasy after an injury to a teammate. He’s batted leadoff a couple of times already this year and should get regular at-bats whether it’s in left field or third base. He’s a nice add in AL-only leagues as a stat-stuffer with positional eligibility.



Young, on the other hand, was already getting regular at-bats, but his place in the lineup shouldn’t be rivaled now. He’s about an average outfielder with a 0.250-ish average and 20-10 potential on a full season’s pace. He’s a great add in an AL-only and could even provide value in deeper mixed leagues. Think poor man’s, Marcell Ozuna.

Lineup Changes

OrderBeforeAfter
1PedroiaPedroia
2BenintendiBenintendi
3BettsBetts
4RamirezRamirez
5MorelandMoreland
6BogaertsBogaerts
7Bradley Jr.Sandoval
8SandovalLeon
9LeonHolt

Now, I know there isn’t really anything to talk about here. However, with all the craziness going on in Boston, who knows what could happen. Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez have been battling illnesses the past week. Xander Bogaerts is returning from bereavement leave and even had issues traveling back. Keep checking in on the Boston lineup as the week progresses and their regulars return on a normal basis.

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