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(Percentages next to players name indicate percentage of leagues they are owned in)
Written by Sam Gubner
Giants third baseman Matt Duffy and Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler have suffered achilles and hamstring injuries and were both placed on the 15 day disabled list Monday. Both of these players being gone leave major voids on fantasy squads, so here are some players you can pick up to fill in for the time being.
Some replacements for Matt Duffy are:
1. Jhonny Peralta (37.3%)
Peralta had been out for the first two months of the season with a thumb injury, but since returning has been hitting very well with a .273 batting average, one home run, and seven RBIs. While his numbers don’t jump out at you Peralta is a veteran in this league who was fourth among shortstops in fantasy points last year. In addition, Peralta is in a Cardinals lineup featuring sluggers such as Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty, and Matt Holliday. And even if this doesn’t convince you Peralta has shortstop eligibility as well, which makes him flexible.
2. Jake Lamb (54.5%)
Jake Lamb has broke out this year hitting .279 with 13 dingers and 43 RBIs. And Lamb has been doing even better as of late garnering 9 hits, 2 home runs, and 5 RBIs: all just in his last four games. Being ranked ninth among third baseman, Lamb holds tremendous value and is only owned in 54.5% of fantasy leagues. Lamb is a great replacement for Duffy.
3. Justin Turner (44%)
A rival of Duffy’s, Turner is one of the better replacement options. Turner started off his 2016 campaign to a slow start, but has been red hot as of late slugging 4 homers and 8 RBIs in his last four games! With this impressive hot streak Turner is starting to look like a 20 homer-80 RBI candidate this season. Look for Turner to continue his recent success.
4. Javier Baez (21.6%)
Javier Baez has been with the Cubs for many years and is finally starting to live up to his potential: sort-of. He still strikes out a ton with a horrid 5:32 walk to strikeout ratio, but he now has the power to make up for it with six home runs and 19 RBIs. He is a little more risky, but Javier Baez is starting to unleash his ridiculous power and is still a solid replacement during Matt Duffy’s absence.
5. Yangervis Solarte (13.1%)
Yangervis Solarte is more under the radar, but is still a really good replacement for Matt Duffy. Because of his flexibility Solarte has first, second, and third base eligibility which is very valuable from a fantasy standpoint. And while he hasn’t exploded Solarte has been consistent hitting .255 with 4 home runs and 21 RBIs in 102 at bats.
Some replacements for Dexter Fowler are:
1. Melvin Upton Jr.
Melvin Upton Jr. has been hitting great this season having a .260 batting average with 13 homers and 47 RBIs. Even in the infamous Petco Park, Upton has found a way to excel at the plate and on the base paths. Upton is fourth in the National League with 15 steals and is showing no signs of “slowing” down. Upton Jr. will be a solid fill in for Fowler and then some.
2. Shin-Soo Choo (43.1%)
Shin-Soo Choo has been a very good fantasy outfielder ever since 2008 and this year is no different. After coming back from a back injury a week ago, Choo hasn’t hit his stroke just yet but is still doing pretty good with one home run and 7 RBIs. Look for Choo to heat up in the upcoming days or weeks and be at the very least a stable replacement for Dexter Fowler.
3. Albert Almora Jr. (6.5%)
The benefactor of Dexter Fowler’s injury, Albert Almora Jr. has been great for the Cubs so far hitting .346 with four runs scored and five RBIs. While he doesn’t have much power, the former first round pick will do very well for himself in Fowler’s absence.
4. Michael Taylor (2.2%)
Taylor has been a longtime major prospect for the nationals and is finally starting to figure things out at the Major League level. Taylor has immensley improved upon his 2015 season where he hit .229 in 511 at bats. Part of this resurgence included a a four hit outburst that included two home runs, RBIs, and runs scored. Look for Taylor to be a more than serviceable replacement for Dexter.
5. Trayce Thompson (41.7%)
Thompson is replicating his last season with the White Sox, except for the fact that he has already doubled his amount of home runs and RBIs and it isn’t even halfway through the season. With his fluid and powerful swing, Thompson could be end up being even better than his brother Klay.
6. Steven Moya (3.5%)
After J.D. Martinez suffered a severe elbow injury, Moya got called up to play for the Tigers. The ninth ranked prospect of their organization, Moya has lived up to his expectations. He even went on a three game hitting streak to start his career with one of these games being a 3 hit performance that included a round tripper against the Royals. With his talent and ability to hit the long ball, Moya is also a potential replacement for Fowler on fantasy squads.