The problem with weekly leagues is that when you lose a player, especially a superstar player to injury early in the week, you are left helpless like a elderly woman at a used car dealership.
So far this season Evan Longoria went down on a Monday, Ryan Zimmerman was out of the lineup on Wednesday and now Josh Hamilton breaks his arm on a Tuesday. The point here is that weekly leagues suck and you had better be active on that waiver wire when you have the opportunity, because if you don't you could dig yourself a hole for two straight weeks—one that will be very hard to climb out of.
This week we focus on replacing your injured superstars and also have a brand new closer to tell you about as well as a sneaky starter to grab for a one-week run here in week three.
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1) Matt Capps -- Closer -- Minnesota Twins (Owned in 47% of leagues) -- Even though Tommy John surgery is a fairly common practice these days, it always seems that pitchers are still recovering during their first season back from the surgery and just don't have the same stuff that they did prior their injury.
That is evident with Twins relief pitcher Joe Nathan who has looked incredibly mediocre in his first few games this season after missing all of 2010 with a torn elbow ligament.
Nathan's latest blown save resulted in the Twins officially announcing that Matt Capps would take over the closer role going forward and that Nathan would be brought along at a slower pace than originally anticipated.
Though Nathan may wind up closing games again this season, Capps is very worthy of this role and if he performs as he has in the past, Nathan may not get the chance to prove himself in the 9th inning again in 2011.
2) David Murphy -- Outfield -- Texas Rangers (Owned in 41% of leagues) -- This one is a no brainer after Josh Hamilton went down with a broken upper arm this week.
Murphy was a decent option even when Hamilton was healthy and he was fighting for playing time with Julio Bourbon. He has the ability to hit 20+ HR's and drive in 70+ runs with a full complement of at-bats and will do your fantasy team a great service for the next 6-8 weeks while Hamilton recovers. If he is still available, stop reading this and go make the move right now.
3) Cameron Maybin -- Outfield -- San Diego Padres (Owned in 17% of leagues) -- Maybin is owned in far less fantasy leagues than David Murphy, but offers just as much talent and upside. Although he is hitting a pedestrian .250/.328/.481 so far this season, we are beginning to see his natural talents shine out in San Diego.
Often times with top prospects the pressure of living up to expectations is too much to deal with and they wind up playing tight and scared.
Maybin looks better than he has in years and I am sure it is just a matter of time before he breaks out in a major way.
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4) Chris Snyder -- Catcher -- Pittsburgh Pirates (Owned in 1% of leagues) -- The most overlooked position in fantasy baseball by far is catcher. It seems as if we just draft one, or in some cases two, and then ride them out either into the sunset or the grave.
Snyder is fresh off the disabled list and is already driving in big runs for a young, but improving Pirates lineup. Snyder has a big bat with plus power and is a great asset for your fantasy teams if you happened to miss out on the likes of Posey, Mauer and Victor Martinez. Snyder is especially useful in two-catcher leagues where his production is surely a welcome compliment.
Short Term Fillers
5) Jamey Carroll -- 2B/SS -- Los Angeles Dodgers (Owned in 8% of leagues) -- Filling your middle infield spot can be among the hardest thing you will do this season—especially once you suffer an injury to players like Rafael Furcal, Erick Aybar or Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
Luckily for you, Furcal's injury allows the veteran Jamey Carroll to join the Dodgers' lineup for a couple of weeks. Carroll has a red hot hitting Matt Kemp hitting behind him and that should give him plenty of protection and lead to a pretty nice run for the aging utility man.
6) John Lannan -- Starter -- Washington Nationals (Owned in 1% leagues) -- Lannan is a prime pickup for this week as he will start twice during week three of the fantasy season. Lannan draws two quality opponents for his sake in the Cardinals (Jake Westbrook) and the Pirates (Paul Maholm), two very winnable games. Lannan has pitched pretty well so far this season against better competition and is rated just behind Carl Pavano this week as the best two-start pitcher owned in less than half of fantasy leagues.
On The Horizon
7) Sergio Santos -- Reliever -- Chicago White Sox (Owned in 5% of leagues) -- What angers me most about Santos is that while he is owned in just 5% of leagues currently, he is available in 0% of leagues that I am in right now. Since March I have been saying that Santos is the eventual closer for the White Sox because neither Matt Thornton or Chris Sale are right handed and Jesse Crain doesn't have the overwhelming stuff to close out ballgames.
Never trust a left-handed closer unless they are named Billy Wagner. This is a rule to live your life by and please trust me—it makes a huge difference. Santos is a converted shortstop who is still learning certain aspects of being on the mound, but he has such commanding stuff that it is just a matter of time before he is a top shelf closer in this league.
8) Bruan Matusz -- Starter -- Baltimore Orioles (Owned in 47% of leagues) -- I am very surprised that Matusz is owned in this many leagues right now despite being on the disabled list since late March. He is a real good young pitcher who is more poised and polished than teammate Zach Britton.
Matusz isn't an over powering left-hander, but he has a full repertoire of pitches that play well against both left and right-handed hitters. If you are struggling with your pitching staff right now, it is time to start addressing that via free agency. If you have players like Matusz available, make the move now.
Jeff Mans is a co-host of The Fantasy Alarm Show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, the Senior Writer at Fantasy Alarm and a contributor to Bleacher Report.