Fantasy Baseball: Trea Turner Injury Replacements

Nationals Trea Turner

The Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was hit in the wrist with a pitch on Thursday night. The news broke almost immediately that he had a broken wrist and would be out indefinitely.

This news was a huge blow to the Nationals and fantasy baseball owners. Turner was a first/second round pick almost universally. Owners now have to scramble to find not only help at shortstop where he was playing for most fantasy teams but replacing the speed will be a problem.

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Let’s take a look at a few names to target to replace Turner via the waiver wire.

Shortstops

Didi Gregorius | SS | New York Yankees
(65% owned on ESPN)

Didi Gregorius has been a pleasant surprise this season hitting .313 with 9 homers, 31 RB and 27 runs. He has been struggling with the average over the last two weeks but is a great option if available. The lineup is scoring a ton of runs behind Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and others. He should be a reliable option for the rest of the season.

Addison Russell | SS | Chicago Cubs
(59% owned on ESPN)

It was a rough start to the season for the Cubs Addison Russell. He has however started to heat up hitting .314 with two home runs, six RBI, and seven runs scored. The Cubs lineup as a whole has started to hit much better with Anthony Rizzo in the lead off spot. If Russell can stay hot he can be a nice option to replace Turner.

Franklin Barreto | SS | Oakland Athletics
(17% owned on ESPN)

In deeper leagues Franklin Barreto is a interesting name if you want to gamble on upside. He has struggled a bit since hitting a homer in his first big league game. He should play most if not all days for the Athletics, who have been scoring more runs than many thought coming in. Barreto has flashed speed on his way to the bigs including 30 SB in 2016 and 29 in 2014. Take a shot on Barreto if you’re feeling adventurous.

Asdrubal Cabrera | SS | New York Mets
(14% owned on ESPN)

Asdrubal Cabrera is not the sexiest name or hitting in the highest scoring lineup but if you want someone who is widely available that can help your fantasy team, he can be your guy. Since rejoining the lineup he is hitting .476 with a homer and two RBI. Cabrera has some pop, a little speed and can be a good option until something better comes along.

Tyler Wade | SS | New York Yankees

The recently called up Tyler Wade is an interesting short term target. The Yankees called him up to fill in for an injured Starlin Castro. Wade has 31, 27 and 24 over the last three seasons in the minor leagues. In deep leagues Wade is not a bad way to look.

Angels Cameron Maybin

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Steals

Cameron Maybin | OF | Anaheim Angels
(64% owned on ESPN)

If you are looking to help supplement some of the speed you lost with the Turner injury, Cameron Maybin should be the first name you look at, assuming he is available. He has five steals over the last 15 days and 24 on the season despite missing time. He is a great waiver wire target assuming he is available.

Michael Taylor | OF | Washington Nationals
(28% owned on ESPN)

The Nationals Michael Taylor has been on fire over the last two weeks. He is hitting .341 with five homers and 5 steals. Manager Dusty Baker will find ways to keep Taylor in the lineup if he keeps hitting like this and should get a chance to hit at the top of the lineup.

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