Five Fantasy Baseball SS Replacements With Corey Seager Needing Tommy John Surgery
Fantasy Replacements Following Corey Seager's Injury
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Los Angeles Dodgers star shortstop Corey Seager will miss the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery. This is obviously a monster blow to the Dodgers world series hopes and an even bigger hurting if you’re one of many who spent an early draft pick on the young all-star who batted .295 and had 22 homers in 145 games last season. But nobody is going to feel sorry for you. It’s time to do your homework and find a replacement who can help fill the void and keep your championship hopes alive.
Here are five possible Seager replacements for your fantasy team.
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Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers - Chris Taylor is expected to move from the outfield to shortstop and replace Seager. Taylor is owned in about 84 percent of ESPN leagues, but that’s still 16 percent of leagues where he’s on the waiver wire, which is quite a bit when you consider the amount of leagues there are. Taylor is only batting .233, but he already has four homers, has scored 20 runs and doesn’t strikeout often. He’s going to be in the lineup daily and is a guy who puts together good at bats. Pick him up immediately if available.
Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics - Not sure how Marcus Semien is available in 45 percent of ESPN leagues, but he is. Semien is batting .275 this season in 120 at bats and has scored 23 runs with three homers and 13 RBI. Semien plays on an offensive powerhouse in Oakland and is sure to get plenty of chances to put up flashy statistics. Semien is having the best season of his career and could be a healthy everyday player for your weekly lineups.
Daniel Robertson, Tampa Bay Rays - Daniel Robertson has 15 hits with a pair of homers and six RBI in his last 10 games. Robertson is a key reason why the Rays are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, and it’s going to be impossible to keep him out of the lineup if he continues this hit parade. Robertson is now hitting .333 on the season in 66 at bats and the sudden flash of pop doesn’t hurt. I’m not sure how long Robertson will see consistent starts, but ride this hot hand as long as you can, especially with him being available in about 77 percent of ESPN leagues. Robertson also has value with him being eligible for shortstop and second base.
Zack Cozart, Los Angeles Angels - Many are giving up on Zack Cozart, as he was the most dropped shortstop in ESPN leagues this week and is now available in about 37 percent of leagues. Cozart is valuable because he’s eligible in SS, second base and third base, and while he’s batting just .229 on the season, he has hit safely in four straight games and has three of his 10 RBI in his last nine games. It’s too early to be giving up on Cozart, especially with him hitting in a lineup capable of damage.
Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs - Addison Russell is another player fantasy owners have given up on, as he’s owned in just 36.7 percent of ESPN leagues. Yes, Russell has shown zero power, as he has yet to go deep this season, but he has at least one hit in six of his last 10 games and has scored a run in five of those games. As long as Russell continues to put together good at bats, which he’s currently doing, the homers will follow. Russell has bumped his season average to .250 and is too talented of a player to leave on the waiver wire, especially if you need a Seager replacement.