The injuries continue to pile up. The latest to hit the shelf is Houston OF George Springer with a strained quad.
Losing Springer is a blow to almost any fantasy baseball team. But it doesn’t have to be crippling. Today, we are going to take a look at some potential pick-ups to help mitigate the loss and buy you some time (and hopefully stats) until Springer returns.
The Safe Choice: Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Houston
I never thought I would utter the words ‘safe choice’ in association with Chris Carter, but if you are looking for a temporary power replacement for your injured Springer, Chris Carter is your man. The power has never been in question, but he is on quite the run right now hitting (.297 with 7HR in the last month). If you are looking for a temporary power surge, Carter is available in 70% of Yahoo leagues.
The Higher Upside, but Riskier Choice: Drew Stubbs, OF, Colorado
Stubbs was a forgotten man at the start of 2014 – and has very quietly gone about his business this year – posting a stat line of (.297/38/10/27/11). In some ways, he still seems quite forgotten as evidenced by his 15% ownership rate on Yahoo. When you drafted or acquired Springer, you did so because he is a double threat. While he lagged a bit in terms of SB’s, the idea with the selection of Springer was for help in both the HR and SB categories, and that is exactly what Stubbs has brought to the table thus far this year.
Other Potential Plays:
- Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay (14% owned) – the power likely isn’t here to stay, but is hitting for a good clip and will chip in with some bags.
- Denard Span, OF, Washington (24% owned) – still criminally underowned. Won’t help in power at all, but can run, hit for average and will score a lot of runs in the Washington lineup.
- Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto (22% owned) – historically very streaky. He has been cold for most of 2014 – but if you happen to catch one of his hot streaks, he could be a vital fill in.
- Seth Smith, OF, San Diego (12% owned) – extremely un-sexy fill-in, but isn’t going to hurt you anywhere. Will chip in with some power.
Do you have anyone you are targeting to replace Springer? We want to hear from you!