Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fantasy Focus: Replacing Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes is a terrific fantasy baseball asset when he is healthy, but the man is made of glass.  Yesterday, Reyes severely sprained his ankle in a slide into 2B and will likely miss 3 months.  I thought he was a big risk moving to a home stadium that still uses artificial turf, although this injury does not seem to be related to the surface.  The guy who owns him in my fantasy league paid a handsome price in our auction draft, somewhere in the mid-$30's.  I got Ian Desmond for right at $20.  I liked my deal at the time and it's looking a lot better now.

One interesting question is who might be available on the FA market in a fantasy league to fill in for Reyes over the next 3 months.  Here is a list of shortstops available in my league(10 team league):

Andrelton Simmons(Braves)- 7 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .206 BA.  Likely to improve his BA and SB numbers.  Could score close to 100 runs over the course of the season if he continues to lead off for the Braves.

Zack Cozart(Reds)- 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB, .114 BA.  Cozart will give you some HR's but little else as he hits down in the Reds lineup and hits for a poor BA.

Jean Segura(Brewers)- 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .429 BA.  Segura has not stolen bases as expected so far, but has done everything else.  He is hitting second in the BrewCrew lineup some too.

Jhonny Peralta(Tigers)- 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .316 BA.  Peralta will give you a decent BA and some power. Nothing exciting and not much upside.

Stephan Drew(Red Sox)- 1 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB, .167 BA.  Could be a nice pickup if you believe he is healthy and still has something in the tank.

Brandon Crawford(Giants)- 5 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB, .286 BA.  Well, well, look what we have here!  Crawford may be the second best bet of all these choices.  Only drawback is he'll mostly be hitting 8'th, but the bottom of the Giants lineup has become quite productive.  Even the pitchers give the #8 hitter some semblance of protection.

Marwin Gonzalez(Astros)- 5 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB, .364 BA.  I don't know how likely he is to sustain this kind of hitting.  He definitely won't be hitting .364 on the season.  Might be worth a flyer to see how long he stays hot, though.

If I needed to pick up a SS in my fantasy league, I think I would go with Segura with Brandon Crawford as my second choice, Simmons third.

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