Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Replacing Corey Seager

Corey Seager

Monday saw another hammer blow strike the fantasy baseball landscape as Corey Seager was ruled out for the 2018 season. Seager will undergo Tommy John surgery which means he will be out until at least the start of the 2019 season. This is yet another  blow to the shortstop landscape after the loss of Elvis Andrus a few weeks back. The issue is that shortstop is already a fairly depleted position so trying to find contributors who can replace a player of Seager’s caliber will not be easy.

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**All ownership is from Yahoo**

Andrelton Simmons, LAA, SS (69% owned)

Simmons is backing up his good 2017 with another strong season in 2018. Simmons is hitting .312 on the season with three home runs and two stolen bases. Despite struggling with an injury lately Simmons has been an ever present player in his career so you can expect him to be on the field most days. He is now hitting fifth in an extremely potent lineup which should give him the potential for 160 combined runs and RBI. In terms of power and speed I expect him to be around 15/15 but he has the potential to reach 20/20 if it all continues clicking for him.

Tim Anderson, CWS, SS (68% owned)

If you are short on speed this is your opportunity to get a guy who can help you. Anderson has eight steals already after finishing 2017 strong. The bonus with Anderson is that unlike many players that give you steals he can also provide some power. Anderson could easily be a player who hits around 15-20 home runs with 20-plus stolen bases as well.

Marcus Semien, OAK, SS (61% owned)

Semien is regularly wither hitting leadoff or second for the Athletics this season and he is making it work. So far, he has scored 24 runs, driven in 13, hit three home runs and stole two bases. He is doing all of this whilst hitting .275 on the season. So far Semien is succeeding in putting up the highest average of his major league career thanks to a .345 BABIP. This start may not be sustainable for Semien in terms of the average but he is a legitimate threat to hit 15-20 home runs and steal 10-15 bases. With 24 runs and 13 RBI already he is on pace to put up close to a combined 200 runs and RBI which would be a better return than we expected when the season began.

Scott Kingery, PHI, 2B /3B/SS/OF (51% owned)

With J.P. Crawford out injured, Kingery now has a chance to stake a claim for the everyday shortstop role. Kingery already has two home runs and three steals to go with 12 runs and 13 RBI. The only thing he is struggling to provide is batting average and I expect him to be much better than his current .225. Playing regularly will definitely help him improve his average and I think he could end up around the .250 region come the end of the season. Kingery is another player who could get close to putting up 20/20 numbers if everything clicks for him and he can stay in the lineup regularly.

Nick Ahmed, ARI, SS (7% owned)

In just 94 plate appearances Nick Ahmed has already nearly beaten his career best for home runs. Ahmed is playing everyday for the Diamondbacks at shortstop and he is thriving, with five home runs and a .262 average. You won’t be getting any major miracles with Ahmed but this power surge suggests he could give you close to 20 come the end of the season. Speed is an issue currently but he once stole 80 bases in three years across three minor league levels so he can do it.

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