Whether we are watching the game and see the team’s trainer walk out, or following on Twitter to see that your fantasy player was just injured, we all hate to see them. Injuries! Major League teams have to deal with them and so do fantasy owners. But they make us all question our previous decisions, especially if we just pulled off that trade that we think puts us over the top, only to have the key player go on the DL!
So who is on the disabled list right now that has been productive already?
Adam Wainwright is done for the year and he had already put up four good starts and was averaging 18.3 points/game. That hurts and is not replaceable for the Cardinals or your fantasy team. If you are in a keeper league and want to make a run still this year, you may find a team that falls out of the race that will trade you something useful for this year for the chance of keeping him. But for Cubs fans, this makes the Cubs path to winning the division a little more open.
Adam Ottavino is on the DL and it doesn’t look good. He was one of my set-up guys that I jumped in drafts and in free agency as being a likely candidate to become the closer. It worked and he was doing a great job with 68 points in four weeks, but that is all done now and I am just waiting for the news he is out for the season. And on the closer front, one more new closer, John Axford … pick him up if you must, but I bet the Rockies end up with another change still this year.
Masahiro Tanaka is on the DL again and I will try to tell you I am shocked, but can’t. Any starting pitcher is a risk on a big contract but this deal is looking much better in New York than Chicago. He is out at least a month and likely longer.
Brandon McCarthy was a popular name in the off-season for the Cubs, but he can’t say healthy and is done for the year and with the announcement he will undergo Tommy John surgery. Jason Hammel also looks like a much better deal for our Cubs than McCarthy.
What about the hitters, well there are injured guys there as well. Jed Lowrie just went on the DL and was playing way above his level to start the year with 68 points and averaging 3.8 pts/game. One of my favorites and a guy I wish the Cubs would have traded for this off-season, Ben Zobrist went on the DL needing left knee surgery and is out four to six weeks.
The list of hitters is pretty lengthy but other name players are Jose Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Alex Rios, David Wright, Carlos Gomez, Christian Yellich and Jonathan Lucroy plus many here have yet to be activated this year in Anthony Rendon, Hunter Pence, Matt Wieters and Coco Crisp.
Injuries hurt all teams and that is even true in fantasy. If you are in a 10 or 12 team league, there are replacements available, but if your league is 14, 16 or even 20 like our CCO leagues, an injury to the wrong player can finish your season, just like a major league team.
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
No surprise with Giancarlo Stanton making the top 5 and seeing Mark Teixeira lead the way reminds of us of the type of weeks he use to do a handful of times a year, but who are the rest of these guys and how did they make the Top 5.
Jimmy Paredes started the year on the disabled list and since coming back has been able to start almost every day due to injuries. But he has made the most of it. His line is .429/.444/.857/1.302, something that looks a lot like a Kris Bryant line. Can he continue? Not sure, one he has to keep finding ways to start and is also working at 1B to be more flexible with his defense.
Adeiny Hechavarria is known as one of the best gloves in the game with no bat. In fantasy, when you wait on shortstop in large leagues, he is one of the guys you look at to fill the spot and hope he doesn’t hurt you but you never expect him to help you win a week, maybe all on his own. With 10 RBI in one week, it doesn’t look sustainable, but a huge week at the plate for the defense first shortstop.
Justin Maxwell was not a starter for San Francisco but with Hunter Pence going on the disabled list it opened up an opportunity for him to play and he has also made the most of it. His line is .277/.358/.553/.912 is making the Giants look for ways to keep him in the lineup once Pence returns.
The trend continues with the best pitchers being of the two start variety. Of course the top two have Cubs connections with our very own Jake Arrieta coming in second this week. The best part was that Jake struggled at the end of his second start and yet still had a great week. Chris Archer is obviously still on Cubs fans minds and I would love to have him in the Cubs rotation right now. On the year his has a 0.84 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP. Now that we are farther down the road, would we rather have Chris Archer and company or the return we received from Texas (C.J. Edwards, Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm) and Zac Rosscup (came with Garza from the Rays) or have kept Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Robinson Chirinos, Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer. Time will continue to tell and C.J. Edwards is the wild card in this, but Chris Archer would look really good at the top of the rotation with Lester and Arrieta.
Chicago Cubs Batters
A pretty good week at the plate, but what do you expect when you have Kris Bryant added to the team. Only five Home Runs all week, but 33 runs (5.5/game) is a good week and was driven by 19 walks, helping to clog the bases and then eventually be driven in to score 33 times. Dexter Fowler had a down week and Addison Russell wasn’t very productive and batting 9/1 it is hard to believe that we had such a good week. If those guys are on more, could we score more than 5.5 runs per game? Boy this is fun to watch!
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
A team 3.66 ERA for the week and an offense that scored 5.5 runs per game and yet we only went 4-2. Middle relief was the downfall and luckily for most in fantasy leagues they are not relevant in fantasy. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester had three good starts and Hector Rondon, Zac Rosscup (boy was I wrong on this guy needing more time!!!) Pedro Strop and Gonzalez Germen had good weeks out of the pen. Rosscup is looking to be in line for some holds in leagues that give points for them and could be a good pick-up off the waiver wire.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Three weeks in we have two 3-0 teams and just one team left winless, but that leaves 17 teams that are 2-1 or 1-2. It is looking to be a good season with lots of competition.
CCO Fans League
In this league it is a completely different story. Four teams are still 3-0 and FIVE teams are 0-3. That leaves only 11 teams 2-1 or 1-2. Let’s hope the 0-3 teams pick up wins this week and don’t fall too far behind.