Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Who can Replace Elvis Andrus?

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This week has been an absolute killer for injuries with talented hitters dropping all over the place. The biggest loss was Elvis Andrus, who will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured elbow. So much was expected of Andrus and he plays one of the weakest positions for fantasy. Trying to replace him on the waiver wire will be tough but hopefully some of the names below can help you. Other losses this week include Adam EatonManuel Margot, and Josh Donaldson.

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Again the message this week is not to overreact and drop players who have got off to a slow start. As with last week you should really only be looking to cover injuries and turn over the bottom quarter of your roster. Try not to get carried away with the standings because at this point so much can still change.

Hitters who started slow can get hot and hitters who started hot can get cold so you can quickly find yourself making ground. Last year in week three I went from second to last to first because half a dozen of my hitters nailed it and I had a handful of good starts. Things can all change really quickly this early in the season and generally you the players you drafted have not changed that much.

I have taken my ownership from Yahoo. Out of the three big sites this is the one I deem to be the middle ground between shallow and deep. It is likely On ESPN that players will be less owned and on CBS they will be more owned. The downside to doing this is that the positional eligibility will be more varied on Yahoo than the other two.

Red Sox Hanley Ramirez

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**All stats correct as of Friday 12 pm EST**

60-80% ownership

Hanley Ramirez, BOS, 1B (79%)

This week Ramirez has stolen another base and hit another home run as well as continuing to get on base regular. He was struck by a pitch Thursday but X-rays came back negative and I expect to see Ramirez back in the line-up over the weekend. Ramirez has probably been the biggest riser this season having gone from a player who looked to be in a platoon to being an everyday middle of the order hitter who is both stealing and homering.

Tim Anderson, CWS, SS (77%)

Anderson now has six stolen bases on the season and doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down. He ended last season running and he has got right back to it in 2018. There is legitimate 40 SB upside here and if he can supplement that with something in the region of 15 HRs he will be an incredibly valuable pick-up.

Michael Conforto, NYM, OF (77%)

Conforto has played in four out of six since returning and I only expect the playing time to keep increasing. He is hitting 0.333 so far with three RBI and a home run. Conforto should offer a nice source of power with decent average thrown in.

Jose Martinez, STL, 1B/OF (72%)

Martinez recovered from his collision with Lorenzo Cain and returned to the line-up Wednesday. Thursday he hit his third HR of the season and now has 14 RBI to go with a 0.364 average. It is now next to impossible for the Cardinals not to start him and equally Martinez should be a regular feature in fantasy baseball line-ups

Eric Thames, MIL, 1B/OF (69%)

Thames is hot again to start 2018 having hit four home runs in the last six games. We saw this last season from Thames before he cooled off in the second half. He is definitely worth a pick-up and possibly a candidate to add and flip in a week or so if he stays hot.

Jonathan Villar, MIL, 2B/OF (66%)

Villar led off for the first time this season, taking advantage of injuries to both Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. Villar is hitting 0.310 to start the season and despite just having two steals it is only a matter of time until his hot bat translates to more steals. If Villar can hit well enough to claim a place near the top of this line-up he could steal more than 50 bases in 2018.

Rangers Shin Soo Choo

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40-60% ownership

Shin-Soo Choo, TEX, OF, (56%)

Choo has cooled off a bit since he hit three home runs in three days but he still leading off every day for the Rangers. This should ensure he sees plenty of opportunities at the plate and in most leagues that is extremely valuable. He also stole a base this week which I do not expect to be a regular thing but is definitely worth monitoring going forward.

Dansby Swanson, ATL, SS (52%)

Swanson is hitting beautifully to start the season and has one home run, one steal and eight RBI. His batting average is currently 0.348 and given how disappointing the once highly touted prospect was in 2018 this is a massive improvement. Long term he probably has more value in the points format but he is still young and gets to hit in SunTrust which has shown itself to be hitter friendly. Hopefully the power can develop and he can become a 20HR talent going forward. He won’t be quite as much of an all-around contributor as Elvis Andrus was for you but it seems he will at least give you competence at a generally weak position.

Cesar Hernandez, PHI, 2B (51%)

Hernandez now has two HRs and three steals to his name to go alongside his 0.300 average. We always felt confident in the average but the power and speed is a big bonus. 20/20 looks easily reachable for Hernandez and he might even be able to get to 25/25. There is every possibility he ends the year as a top 10 second baseman.

20-40% ownership

Marcus Semien, OAK, SS (38%)

Semien has registered a hit in 10/11 games this year to give him a 0.268 average. He only has one HR and has yet to register a steal. With his bat playing well average wise I expect the power and speed to come along and him to get close to 20/20. Again he won’™t be a perfect replacement for Andrus but he can at least help you in three or four categories.

Jed Lowrie, OAK, 2B (30%)

Lowrie is hitting the cover off the ball to start the season and currently owns a 0.333 average with three HRs and 11 RBI. Power is not something I expected in great amounts from Lowrie but with three HRs in five days I am interested to see if he can get close to 20 HRs this season. He makes for an interesting pick-up especially if your middle infielder was a shortstop who you have now had to shift to fix a Andrusƒ’ sized hole.

Yuli Gurriel, HOU, 1B (29%)

Gurriel will be activated Friday and should be in the line-up most days. If he can repeat last year’ 0.299 line and get over the 20 HR mark then he will be a really valuable pick-up.

0-20% ownership

Franchy Cordero, SD, OF (14%)

You are gambling on upside with Cordero who hit 17 HRs and stole 15 bases in 419 Triple-A plate appearances. You can be sue he will strike out a ton but equally there is every chance he builds on last year and manages to go 20/20. Playing time is a concern with Wil Myers in the outfield but there is not a solid third outfielder in San Diego right now. He has not got off to a great start but if he gets it right this week he could be a solid contributor with big power/speed upside.

Curtis Granderson, TOR, OF (9%)

Granderson has had a good start to the season and owns a 0.353 average. He has added a home run in the last week and will be hoping to get close to the 26 he hit last season. If you have left yourself short of power in your outfield then Granderson is the pick for a safe 20 HRs this year.

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