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Early season DL stashes

By Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The last few days before the start of the season can lead to depression. With rosters nearly set, the only thing left for team's to do is officially put injured players on the disabled list. While elite talents, like Mike Minor or Cole Hamels, were still selected in most leagues, injuries can knock some questionable players to undrafted status. If you play in a league that allows for DL spots, or you don't mind biting the roster bullet, a few of these players can come in handy later in the year.

  • Aroldis Chapman - Chapman's injury takes him out until at least mid-May, and it's unclear whether he'll need more time to get back into the swing of things. It's pretty tough to justify stashing a closer, but Chapman is an elite talent, so you know you'll get a great performance once he returns.
  • A.J. Griffin - Griffin is one of those players who likely would have been selected late in most drafts if not for his injury. His upside isn't all that high, and he allows way too many home runs, but he provides decent strikeout numbers. Elbow injuries are always less worrisome than shoulder issues, so you have to hope he doesn't have any setbacks.
  • Josh Johnson - It's no surprise to see Johnson open the year on the disabled list given his history. That said, he performed fairly well during spring training and still calls Petco Park his home. He's worth a speculative add.
  • Carlos Quentin - Yes, he's already hurt. Yes, this probably won't be the last time. But you can't argue with Quentin's production when he's healthy. He's one of the few players who has enough power to muscle balls out of Petco. He'll provide cheap power for someone in your league until he gets hurt again.
  • Jurickson Profar - There's a chance the owner who drafted Profar will hang on to him. If he's still out there, he's worth waiting on. Profar was the best prospect in baseball last season. Don't judge him on his rookie season stats.
  • Derek Holland - This one's looking real deep, as Holland isn't expected back until at least midseason. But he has enough upside to make a huge difference for Fantasy teams in the second half. Holland took a major step forward last season, and likely would have gone around the same time as Homer Bailey in drafts if he had stayed healthy.
  • Jesse Crain - It's really hard to stash a speculative closer, so I would actually say don't do this. But if you are really desperate for saves because you missed out on the closer run during your draft, he could provide nice value.
 
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