Fantasy Baseball: Ranking the top 30 DL stashes with Robbie Ray coming off and Lorenzo Cain, Dylan Bundy going on
Where does soon-to-return Robbie Ray rank among DL stashes, and what does it say about the players ahead of him? Plus, how stashable are Shohei Ohtani and Jimmy Nelson right now? Scott White breaks it down.
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Yes, Robbie Ray is set to return from the DL Wednesday after missing two months with a strained oblique, and yes, he's only ninth in these rankings.
But have you seen the names ahead of them? Ace-caliber pitchers make up nearly a third of the list, and most of them are nearing returns. Plus, it's fair to wonder what exactly you're getting when Ray does return. You might remember he had a 4.88 ERA at the time of his injury, his six starts defined as much by poor control as by swing-and-miss stuff.
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Still, it was only six starts, and Ray was a revelation last year. And now he's back, which is undoubtedly good news. Obviously, he should be owned everywhere, so think of the relatively low ranking as less of a comment on him and more on the eight ahead of him, which include Gary Sanchez, who's batting only .190 and looking at a 3-4-week absence still, and Yu Darvish, who has a 4.95 ERA and said after a recent rehab start that he's still not 100 percent.
You'll be happy you stashed them in the long run. Just trust me on this one.
In fact, I'd say the top 14 on this list, regardless of your league's depth or scoring format, are probably must-own, and I'd be surprised to see one of the top 22 on waivers in one of my leagues. But sometimes roster limitations force difficult decisions, hence the need to prioritize using the following criteria:
- How good is the player?
- What's his timetable?
- How likely is his injury to impact his performance?
Let's dive in.
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals SP
Noah Syndergaard New York Mets SP
Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians SP
Gary Sanchez New York Yankees C
Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays SP
Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers CF
Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs SP
A.J. Pollock Arizona Diamondbacks CF
Dylan Bundy Baltimore Orioles SP
Robbie Ray Arizona Diamondbacks SP
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees SP
Ronald Acuna Atlanta Braves LF
Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays 3B
Brandon Morrow Chicago Cubs RP
Walker Buehler Los Angeles Dodgers SP
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels DH
Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets LF
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Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels SP
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants SP
Arodys Vizcaino Atlanta Braves RP
Francisco Cervelli Pittsburgh Pirates C
Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals SP
Paul DeJong St. Louis Cardinals SS
Jay Bruce New York Mets RF
Jeff Samardzija San Francisco Giants SP
Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves SP
Matt Chapman Oakland Athletics 3B
Steven Souza Arizona Diamondbacks RF
Jimmy Nelson Milwaukee Brewers SP
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Andrew Miller Cleveland Indians RP
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