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5 players to add with Kyle Schwarber out for the year
Kyle Schwarber left Thursday’s game after colliding with teammate Dexter Fowler trying to make a play on a fly ball. While the Cubs tried to spin the injury off as a sprained ankle initially word emerged that the injury was much more serious. Schwarber has a torn ACL and LCL. This injury will keep him out all season and makes him a drop in all fantasy baseball leagues where Schwarber can’t be kept. There are a few names to target when looking to replace him.
Wilson Ramos | C | Washington Nationals
(30.1% owned on ESPN)
Wilson Ramos had lasik surgery during the offseason to correct his vision and it seems to be working. He is hitting .308 through the first week of the season continuing his strong spring training. He only has 1 RBI and 1 run scored at this point but the counting stats are coming. Ramos has the power to put up 20 plus home runs and drive in a solid number of RBI in the process. Ramos makes the most sense if you’re looking for Schwarber type numbers.
Yasmani Grandal | C | Los Angeles Dodgers
(22.5% owned on ESPN)
Yasmani Grandal has yet to make his major league debut this season after battling injuries in spring training. He has been playing for the Dodgers AAA team getting ready to make his debut. It looks like Grandal should play in the Dodgers home opening series this week making him a pick up. Grandal should hit in the heart of the order and have plenty of RBI opportunities. He is a great option is Ramos is already owned in your league.
Miguel Montero | C | Chicago Cubs
(13.4% owned on ESPN)
Miguel Montero will catch almost everyday for the Chicago Cubs and hit in a stacked lineup making him a guy owners should target if you’re in need of catching help. He won’t be a huge home run guy but 12-15 is in play for Montero. He should also help with RBI and runs. He would be third on my list of catchers but would be happy to add him if he is available.
Domingo Santana | OF | Milwaukee Brewers
(31.2% owned on ESPN)
Domingo Santana was one of my favorite late round picks coming into the season and one week into the season i’m not jumping off the bandwagon. He hasn’t started to hit to the level i expect but there is still a ton of time to change that. Ideally you had Schwarber as the catcher of your fantasy baseball team with his value being maximized at that position. However some may have had him as an outfield option if you had another catcher you liked. Santana can make a ton of sense in you are looking for power help. He has 25 plus home run potential and plays in an advantageous ballpark for power hitters. Pick him up if you need help in the outfield.
Nomar Mazara | OF | Texas Rangers
(4.3% owned on ESPN)
The Texas Rangers have put Shin-soo Choo on the disabled list and have called Nomar Mazara up to take his spot in the outfield. Mazara has a ton of potential as a prospect many expected to see at some point this season. He has 20 plus home run upside with a .270 average and 60 RBI. Mazara is worth an add to see if he can exceed expectations.
For more waiver wire help check out Ben Rolfe’s waiver wire article