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Of course Kris Bryant is back on the DL.
It's like Gary Sanchez all over again, right? You stash the guy for a month, trusting he'll be the stud he should be when he returns, and instead, he's damaged goods — so damaged, in fact, that the wait has to begin anew.
So now what should we do? For how long should we trust this particular process? In case you haven't noticed, the season is winding down. There's only about two months to go, and if you play in a Head-to-Head league with some kind of playoff format, it's even less than that.
We already know Sanchez is likely to miss another month. We wish we knew so much for Bryant, who's scheduled to have an MRI for persistent soreness in his shoulder. If nothing else, the Cubs have expressed concern that the injury was impacting his mechanics, so you can imagine it'll take some time to sort that out. And as I've mentioned, time is of the essence.
Which isn't to say Bryant and Sanchez aren't among the top DL stashes in Fantasy. They're obviously impact players when healthy — say what you want about their production to date, but the peripherals suggest they're not too far gone — and if you put them up for trade, there will be no shortage of competitors looking to buy them for nickels on the dollar.
But how little is too little? If you're fighting for a playoff spot, looking ahead to September isn't a luxury you can afford. You need help now, and either of these players can be your ticket to it.
These rankings should help you approximate their value. The criteria, in case you've forgotten:
- How good is the player?
- What's his timetable?
- How likely is the injury to impact his performance?
And ... go!
Noah Syndergaard New York Mets SP
Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays SP
James Paxton Seattle Mariners SP
Carlos Correa Houston Astros SS
Aaron Judge New York Yankees RF
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals SP
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Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals SP
Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs 3B
Gary Sanchez New York Yankees C
Wilson Ramos Tampa Bay Rays C
Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs SP
Sean Doolittle Washington Nationals RP
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Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays 3B
Justin Turner Los Angeles Dodgers 3B
DJ LeMahieu Colorado Rockies 2B
Nomar Mazara Texas Rangers RF
Brandon Morrow Chicago Cubs RP
Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants 1B
Eduardo Rodriguez Boston Red Sox SP
Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals SP
Michael Fulmer Detroit Tigers SP
Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers RF
Arodys Vizcaino Atlanta Braves RP
Scott Schebler Cincinnati Reds RF
Andrew Miller Cleveland Indians RP
Jake Faria Tampa Bay Rays SP
Jimmy Nelson Milwaukee Brewers SP
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Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves SP
Jeff Samardzija San Francisco Giants SP
Jorge Soler Kansas City Royals RF