By Des Boodham
Injuries are starting to pile up and it’s time to pay attention in ALL fantasy formats if you are going to get the best production from your roster day in and day out. The fantasy baseball game is a daily grind, and staying with it guarantees that you will remain competitive. Injuries are part of the game, but the true downfall is if you fail to adjust, and still expect your roster of second tier talent to product like what your roster of first tier talent was going to produce. Here are a bunch of players to consider in all formats.
Franmil Reyes – San Diego Paders – OF
With HRs in three of his last four games, Reyes is finally getting acclimated to the big leagues. He is on a short leach with Wil Myers set to return in about a month, but his power is legit. FUN FACT: The Padres have a Franmil and a Franchy Cordero on their roster… that’s amazing.
Kyle Gibson – Minnesota Twins – SP
If in your last seven starts as a big league pitcher you have a sub 3.50 ERA with a sub 1.20 WHIP and a K-rate that’s better than a K/9 you shouldn’t be available in 80% of fantasy leagues. Come on people get it together… I don’t want to hear you complaining about your pitching lines if he’s still available.
Kyle Crick – Pittsburgh Pirates – RP
OK—so this one doesn’t apply to the daily game, but I have to throw it in there. Crick seems to have all the tools, based on his output thus far in the season. The closer in front of him, Felipe Vasquez has been putrid and is wounded currently. I hate closer by committee, but it makes sense. He’s one you should stash.
Kyle Barraclough – Miami Marlins – RP
He’s all but assured to be the next in line since Brad Ziegler was voted off the island by coach Don Mattingly. Ziegler was terrible, and Barraclough was good, so this perfect storm of capability should have you rushing to the wire, as he’s available in over half the leagues right now.
Carlos Rodon – Chicago White Sox – SP
I propped him up last year, only to have him eventually crash into the wall. I don’t want to it again, but a pitcher with his K-rate of 9.2 tells me there’s something there. He’s had control problem, plays in a hitters park and has a horrible offense, but I can’t help but to think he’ll at least rip off a handful of useful starts. He’s at least worth a stash.
John Ryan Murphy – Arizona D-backs – C
I love this kid — he’s only had 80 or so ABs, but they have been a great 80 ABs. Extrapolated out to a full season, and he’s right there Grandal and Ramos and even better in many areas. His OBP is a good indicator that he doesn’t walk much but the power is there and the counting stats are there as well.