Alex Rodriguez to the DL: Top Five Fantasy Baseball Replacements
Oh the good old-days when anyone could stay off the DL with a little HGH. Alex Rodriguez hit the 15-day DL today with a strained left-calf. The timing couldn't be worse for the Yankees, as they find the Tampa Bay Rays only 1.5 games back. Not only do the Pinstripes find themselves in a jam, but so do fantasy owners with the playoffs right around the corner. This late in the season, there isn't a ton of gems on the wire, but hopefully there are enough choices to scrape by for the next two weeks. Let's take a look...
Chase Headley, SD, 55 percent owned
LAST MONTHS STATS: 12 R / 2 HR / 18 RBI / .303 AVG
Headley started out the season like a man possessed, and was certainly a huge component to getting the Padres to first place in the NL West. He didn't exactly fit the role of clean-up and hit a major slump in May and June, but has turned it around since. With the addition of Ryan Ludwick, a huge weight has been taken off Headley's shoulders and you can look for a solid finish to the season.
Chris Johnson, HOU, 52 percent owned
LAST MONTHS STATS: 12 R / 4 HR / 20 RBI / .375 AVG
Johnson has been the lone bright spot on the dismal Astros since getting the everyday job June 22nd. Next year Houston fans will have a little more to look forward to with the one-two punch of Johnson and Brett Wallace at first. Believe it or not, Johnson is the lone Astro with a batting average above .300 and is 48 points above Felipe Paulino at .292!
Omar Infante, ATL, 39 percent owned
LAST MONTHS STATS: 13 R / 2 HR / 5 RBI / 3 SB / .375 AVG
Infante did an amazing job filling in for the injured Martin Prado. Fear not, even with Prado's return, Atlanta found room for the super utility man by shifting Prado to third to take over for Chipper Jones. Omar has 13 multi-game hits in the last 21 and his .375 OBP is among the NL's best.
Bill Hall, BOS, 10 percent owned
LAST MONTHS STATS: 10 R / 8 HR / 13 RBI / .275 AVG
With injuries to Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury, Hall will continue to see playing time. He has been on a green-monster tear as of late with eight homers in the past 65 at-bats. Looking to fill A-Rod's power? Hall may be your man, assuming you can overlook your hatred for the Sox.
Danny Valencia, MIN, 4 percent owned
LAST MONTHS STATS: 10 R / 1 HR / 14 RBI / .350 AVG
"The Franchise" is making a good case to be the Twins 3B of the future. Although there is not a ton of power here, you will get a well disciplined batter. At every level, Valencia has hit for a high average. He is currently on a seven-game hitting streak.
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