Friday, August 6, 2010

Beantown Bummer!

Not since the Boston Massacre have we seen such carnage in Beantown. Injuries have hit the BoSox early and often, starting with Jacoby Ellsbury, and continuing with Josh Beckett and Victor Martinez. But no one injury this season has a chance to derail the Sox like this latest one does. The news that Kevin Youkilis will go under the knife today leaves no doubt that his 2010 has come to an abrupt end. The odds of the Sox catching either the Yanks or Rays just got considerably longer, but what's to come of the legions of fantasy owners who were counting on Youk to hold down one of their corner infield spots through the fantasy playoffs?? Here are five options for those of you in that sinking ship(since the majority of our leagues are played on Yahoo, I will be looking at CIs currently owned in LESS then 50% of Yahoo leagues):

1)Chris Johnson (3rd base only): Although not the huge power threat of some up and coming CIs, Johnson has shown an uncanny level of consistancy & poise for a rookie callup. With playing time assured & another young future stud Brett Wallace manning first base, are we seeing the changing of the guard in Houston??

2) Luke Scott(1st base & LF): Consistancy has been an issue for Scott in the past, but when he's hot he usually smolders. With 8 HRs and 17 RBIs over his last 67 at bats, I'd say it's safe to assume he's trending in the right direction.

3) Gaby Sanchez(1st base only): After patiently waiting for his chance over the last five seasons in the Marlins farm system, Sanchez was finally given the chance to prove himself, and the results have been one of the highpoints in an otherwise uneventful season in South Florida. He's seemed to avoid alot of the prolonged slumps that tend to affect most young players and he's become an intregal part of the Marlins infield. For the year his average sits at .294 with 12 long balls, 49 runs & 52RBI, all tantalizing numbers for a first full season.

4)Ike Davis(1st base only): Davis burst onto the seen in late April and played a big part in the Mets early season success. Of course he's had his ups and downs like all the Mets have, but his 15 HRs, 53 RBI & 50 runs scored in just over 90 games demonstrates the upside that's there. With 11 extra base hits & 14 RBIs over the last month, he's definately a servicable substitute, albeit a risky one at this early stage of his career. Keeper league owners take note of him & Gaby!

5)Jose Lopez(1st, 2nd & 3rd base): Ah, the conundrum that is Jose Lopez! After belting 40+ doubles in the last two seasons & 25 HRs in 2009, Lopez has seemed to fall off the fantasy map, but I'm a big believer in the law of averages. And after averaging 41 doubles, 21 HRs and 92 RBI over the last two seasons I'd have to say a correction is forthcoming. Even if he finishes the season with his numbers down 30% from 2008-09 he still would have 9 more HRs and 30+ RBIs & Runs left in the tank--but caveot emptor on this one!!

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