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Fantasy Baseball: Replacements for suspended Dee Gordon
MLB has suspended Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins for 80 games for violating the PED policy. Coming into the season he was a top 20 player in ADP and the number two second baseman off the board. This will be a hard pill for those that owned him in fantasy baseball. He was thought to be a lock for 50 plus steals. The last two season saw Gordon put up 58 and 64 stolen bases respectively. There are a few options on the waiver wire that owners can target in an attempt to get at least some of the production back. Lets look at some middle infield and speed options that can help make up for some of Gordon’s production.
Middle Infield Options
Javier Baez | 2B | Chicago Cubs
(20.5% owned in ESPN)
Javier Baez is a highly touted prospect many have wanted to see produce at the big league level. His first stint didn’t go as planned but he seems to be much more comfortable the second time around. He has a power/speed skill set that would be very appealing at a middle infield spot. He has the ability to play a variety of positions for the Cubs thus sticking in the lineup should be much easier than it would be for most young players. He is hitting .308 with a homer and 2 steals in 26 at bats this season. Baez is definitely worth an add.
Chris Owings | 2B, SS, OF| Arizona Diamondbacks
(8.2% owned in ESPN)
Chris Owings is another versatile player that should find a way to be in the lineup most days. He won’t give you much in terms of power but will contribute runs, RBI and most importantly steals. He has 4 stolen bases in the last 15 days alone. He is also hitting .325 which is a welcome addition to any team. He is widely available and should even be hanging on the waiver wire of most deep leagues.
Jonathan Villar | SS | Milwaukee Brewers
(10.3% owned in ESPN)
Jonathan Villar can give you speed help from the middle infield position. He is only a shortstop at this point so you will likely need to shuffle your roster to get him in. He has 5 stolen bases on the season with 3 of them coming Thursday night. His average isn’t great but if he stays around .260 it’s not awful. Some may worry he will get the boot when Orlando Arcia gets the call but Villar can easily slide to third or second adding positional flexibility.
Jonathan Schoop | 2B | Baltimore Orioles
(33.7% owned in ESPN)
If you are set on stolen bases even with Gordon going down and could use a power boost Jonathan Schoop may make more sense. He has 20 plus home runs upside with some batting average risk. Schoop is hitting in a stacked lineup and should have opportunity to put up nice RBI and runs total.
Stolen Base Help
Jarrod Dyson | OF | Kansas City Royals
(20.3% owned in ESPN)
If you are just looking for help with steals and have middle infield depth Jarrod Dyson should be your guy. It’s unfortunate that Ned Yost refuses to hit anyone not named Alcides Escobar in the lead off spot but Dyson can still be effective hitting in the 9 hole. Dyson started the season on the DL which helped keep his ownership low. He has 3 steals since returning April 19th and should continue to run. While it’s highly unlikely Dyson reaches the 50 plus Gordon was expected to reach, he should get in the high 30’s or low 40’s.
Rajai Davis | OF | Cleveland Indians
(12.5 owned in ESPN)
Rajai Davis is another player who has the potential to steal a ton of bases for your fantasy team. He has 5 in the last 15 days alone. He will have the opportunity to hit at the top of the order for the Indians which helps his value. He also is prone to cold streaks where he hits under .200 and finds himself on the bench. He is a player to add and enjoy the hot streak and sit when he starts to cool off.