MLB Fantasy Fixer-Uppers August 6th
The Biogenesis scandal is everywhere. It has consumed the baseball world over the last 36 hours and isn't going to go away. Some big name players were busted as well including three players who were selected to this years All-Star team. Some of these players are leaving their teams high and dry in the midst of a playoff push. Some in and around the game are calling these players "selfish." Owners are scrambling to find replacements. Scouring the waiver wire to see who is out there that they can plug in the lineup to help with the playoff push. If you are one of those owners take a deep breath and relax. I've got this. All of the players suspended are 100% safe to drop. They won't be back in time to have any impact on the remainder of the fantasy season. You did know I was talking about fantasy baseball right? Ok. Just checking.
If you owned Everth Cabrera...
Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (59% owned)
Let's be honest. Cabrera's biggest impact on any fantasy squad is the stolen bases. He is a terror on the basepaths and was leading the National League in steals with 37. The stolen base category often goes undervalued in drafts. By the time you realize your team is sorely lacking in speed the waiver wire has already been picked clean of anyone that can help. Well, not so much this year. Enter Davis who is still widely available in ESPN leagues. He has 34 steals already and had two games this past week in which he stole three bases in one and four in another. Davis' game is all about speed and he can certainly make up for whatyou lost with Cabrera.
If you owned Jhonny Peralta...
Jose Iglesias, SS/3B, Detroit Tigers (48% owned)
Not only should Iglesias take Peralta's spot on your roster he is taking it on the atual Tigers' roster. Acquired from Boston at the deadline for just this reason Iglesias will take his .322 batting average to the Motor City and fit right in. He will face weaker competition in the American League Central than he did in Boston and is leaving one powerful lineup for another. I don't anticipate that big a dropoff in his runs scored or RBI chances here. Iglesias is the perfect fit to replace Jhonny.
If you owned David Wright ...(OK, so he wasn't involved with Biogenesis but he will be out three to five weeks with a bum hamstring)
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals (38% owned)
His numbers may not look very good as his slash line is at a meager .234/.290/.374 but that can be attributed to an absolutely horrific first half. After going 4-for-five in last night's game his line in 13 games after the break looks like this .322/.379/.593. Those are numbers you just don't see hanging out on the waiver wire. Odds are he won't continue that torrid streak but if he settles somewhere in between those two slashes he should be just fine as a replacement. The Royals are hot and so is Moustakas. Grab him before someone else does.
If you lost anyone else, really, anyone at all you can always add...
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees (18% owned)
I saved the best for last. A-Rod you say? Wasn't he suspended you say? Well, yes. Sort of. You see, if you didn't already know A-Rod is appealing his suspension. While he is appealing he will be allowed to play and I have a feeling this one is going to drag out. He will start at third base and play DH from time to time for the New York Yankees and while the fans may boo him voraciously they may also appreciate the boost he will give them offensivley. The Yankees have been anemic at best from the hot corner this year and have zero to no power from the right side of the plate. Rodriguez doesn't have to be the player he once was, and let's face it, he can't be, but anything he can provide is a boost for New York and could be a boost for your team. I'd be lying if I said I didn't add him in one of my leagues. And if the appeal is swift and the suspension upheld, well, I will write about that if and when it happens too.