Disaster struck today when the Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the DL with a broken wrist. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks or approximately 30-40 percent of the entire fantasy baseball regular season.
At an already top-heavy position where the drop-off is significant after the elite players, fantasy owners need to make a quick decision. You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you have to pick up a new SS every week because of lack of production. This strategy just wastes moves and fuels frustration.
Let’s not waste any time and get to business…I’ve done the homework, you make the decision.
Below is a look at who will potentially be available and where I believe they should be ranked
(last 30 days stats: Runs-HR-RBIs-Avg.-At Bats).
Alexei Ramirez CWS (18–4–12-.293-99 ABs) Prime age of 28. He has a great swing and starting to heat up, could be in line for a big second half.
Marco Scutaro BOS (17-2-15-.321-109 ABs) Great team with lots of lineup protection, aged 35, consistent career producer—mediocre.
Jason Bartlett TB (Just off DL 4-1-2-.167-36 ABs) Fresh off DL, may need a week to work on timing. Players reliant on speed need healthy legs...this was the break he needed.
Miguel Tejada BALT (11-0-4-.270-111 ABs) Consistent veteran, true professional hitter, very friendly hitters park, decent protection at top of lineup by Nick Markakis.
Mike Aviles KC (16-0-9-.284-88 ABs) Good source of runs combined with okay average. Mike has been troubled by injuries the past two seasons after a monster second half in 2008. Sleeper potential.
Replacing Troy Tulowitzki is truly impossible (19 Runs-8 HR-19 RBI-.323-93 ABs–4 SB). These numbers rank him ninth overall over the past month under Yahoo Rankings. This does not mean Colorado's season is over, though. Making the correct decision now can keep them in the playoff/championship hunt.
Tulo Owners: Who is available on your wire? How do you plan on replacing Troy?
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