Fantasy Baseball: Ranking the top 30 DL stashes with Astros newcomers George Springer and Lance McCullers
The Astros' stars are dropping at just the wrong time, but which of those injuries could impact your Fantasy team's playoff hopes? Scott White ranks the top 30 DL stashes.
I've probably published a dozen of these DL stash rankings since the start of the 2018 season, but in none has timetable mattered more than this one.
Time is running short, you may have noticed, and that's especially true in Head-to-Head leagues, where playoffs are set to begin in just a few weeks. A lot of good that returnee does you if you're already eliminated.
So for now — and increasingly so over the rest of the season — the criteria for these rankings is weighted differently. It's now:
- What's the timetable?
- How good is the player?
- How likely is the injury to impact his production?
Timetable is now of greater concern than the quality of the player himself since any multi-week absence could now effectively be a season-ender.
In these particular rankings, Carlos Martinez is the first high-end player who I don't feel super confident will make a worthwhile contribution the rest of the way, though it's certainly possible, which is why he still ranks ahead of near-recovered players like J.A. Happ and Brandon Belt. You can find a player-by-player breakdown for the biggest names on this list (basically, how confident I am in each making a meaningful contribution) .
A couple quick notes: Hunter Strickland has begun a rehab assignment and would rank much higher on this list if I was confident in him reclaiming the closer role from Will Smith, who has been the better pitcher this year. Meanwhile, Tyler O'Neill is all but certain to miss just the minimum 10 days, but he's of course unproven and has a non-guaranteed role.
Chris Sale Boston Red Sox SP
Jose Altuve Houston Astros 2B
Carlos Correa Houston Astros SS
George Springer Houston Astros RF
Aaron Judge New York Yankees RF
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals SP
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Gary Sanchez New York Yankees C
Wilson Ramos Philadelphia Phillies C
Tyler Skaggs Los Angeles Angels SP
Ross Stripling Los Angeles Dodgers SP
Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals SP
Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs 3B
Wil Myers San Diego Padres LF
Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs SP
Lance McCullers Houston Astros SP
Sean Doolittle Washington Nationals RP
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Brandon Morrow Chicago Cubs RP
Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants 1B
J.A. Happ New York Yankees SP
Eduardo Rodriguez Boston Red Sox SP
Alex Wood Los Angeles Dodgers SP
Nomar Mazara Texas Rangers RF
Tommy Pham Tampa Bay Rays CF
Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays 3B
Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox 3B
Ian Kinsler Boston Red Sox 2B
Hunter Strickland San Francisco Giants RP
Tyler O'Neill St. Louis Cardinals RF
Hyun-Jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers SP
Michael Fulmer Detroit Tigers SP
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