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J.D Martinez suffered a broken elbow Thursday in a game against the Kansas City Royals and is now believed to be out for 4-6 weeks. For owners of J.D. Martinez, I would like to offer you some players who could give you solid production until he returns.
(Percentages on the side indicate what percentage of leagues the player is owned in)
Michael Saunders (42.7%)
Saunders after having seven injury plagued years of baseball, Michael Saunders is on a tear .307 with 12 home runs and 24 RBIs. In his last eight games, Saunders has six home runs and 12 RBIs. Not to mention Saunders is in the heart of the stacked Blue Jays lineup including Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, and Jose Bautista. For these reasons Saunders is a really good replacement for J.D. Martinez.
Angel Pagan (15.5%)
Pagan has also been plagued by injuries but since his return he has been getting back to normal. He has played in two games, one with 3 hits and an RBI and another with an RBI and run. Even though he may not be the best player, his consistency makes him a good replacement for J.D. Martinez.
Shin-Soo Choo (40.4%)
Choo, along with Angel Pagan, has been out until just a couple days ago and has filled up the stat sheet with 2 RBIs ,3 runs, a stolen base, and a home run in 12 at bats. The South Korean native is starting to heat up, so I suggest you get him to replace Martinez.
Trayce Thompson (41.6%)
Trayce Thompson, along with Corey Seager and Joc Pederson, is becoming one of the premier young players on the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 159 at bats, Thompson has hit 11 home runs with 26 RBIs. With this production, Thompson would be a good replacement for Martinez.
Melvin Upton Jr. (25.8%)
Melvin Upton Jr. hasn’t had a fantasy relevant year since 2012 but this year he is, doubling the home run and RBI totals he had last year. In addition, Upton has been hitting well this past week with 3 home runs and 12 RBIs. He is a risk because of his history, but Upton could be a really good replacement for J.D.
Albert Almora Jr. (4.5%)
Albert Almora Jr. is red hot since being called up, hitting .473 with 5 RBIs and no home runs. Also, Almora Jr. is very young and has a lot potential, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he does even better then he is doing right now. Even though he doesn’t have much power, Almora is a great replacement for J.D. Martinez.