Justin Turner Suffers Broken Wrist

Dodgers Justin Turner

News broke late Monday into early Tuesday that Justin Turner had suffered a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch against the Oakland Athletics.This injury leaves fantasy owners scrambling for a fall back option. The good news is that third base started the year as a relatively deep position and therefore players who are yet to draft can make their adjustments and find a new target.

For owners who have already drafted, the landscape is a little different and unless you drafted a backup third baseman there may be some head scratching this morning. The other option in roto leagues is that owners may have drafted a third baseman to fill their corner infield, in which case that also brings the depth of first base into play, or their utility, opening it up to enable you to just take the best hitter available.


For those that do not have cover at third base let’s review some possible options. All of the below options are based on Yahoo eligibility which is extremely flexible so may not represent the options available on ESPN but I wanted to list as many possible options which can be narrowed down based on your sites availability. All stats listed here are projections across a full season and given that I would expect Turner to miss half a year at worst you can pro-rata them down based on your expectations for Turner’s return.

In shallower leagues Evan Longoria is 89% owned on yahoo and Eugenio Suarez is 77% owned and they are players I rank close to my top 12. If you are in a league where you can replace Turner with one of them then you shouldn’t suffer too badly from this injury.

If you think your team needs power then Todd Frazier at 72% owned is a good pickup. However, it is likely you drafted Turner to be a supplier of good average for your team and Frazier is definitely not going to help you there.

Maikel Franco at 65% ownership would be a decent gamble if you want someone who has hit 49 home runs across the last two seasons but you will be gambling on a bounce back in average to get him close to the 0.250 region. Jedd Gyorko (43%) can offer the potential for 20 home runs and could provide a 0.260ish average but there will be a lot of playing time questions. Matt Chapman (38%) is another power option who should also hit in the middle of a line-up but again average could be a concern. All four of these players have the potential to hit you 30+ home runs but they also all have massive downside at average.

Padres Yangervis Solarte

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Replacing the average Turner would have provided will be tough and to do it you will have to be willing to accept a lack of production elsewhere. If you want to balance power and steals then Josh Harrison (33%) and J.P. Crawford (9%) are widely available. Yangervis Solarte (28%), Ryon Healy (22%) and Asdrubal Cabrera (14%) might give you close to 20 home runs and a 0.275 average. Of the three I would pick Solarte given that Healy might start the year either on the DL or in a platoon whereas Solarte should be a full time guy and gets to play in hitter friendly Toronto. Both Solarte and Cabrera are also eligible at 2B and SS on Yahoo which should provide future flexibility when Turner returns.

In those super deep leagues Logan Forsythe (5%) will likely be the direct replacement at 3B for Turner and can be a direct replacement for you that is easy to swap out when Turner is ready. Chase Headley (5%) offers similar numbers to Forsythe and should be an everyday player at third for the Padres. Eduardo Escobar (8%) will likely be a full time player whilst Jorge Polanco is serving his suspension and could you get close to 20 HRs at a 0.250ish average. Matt Duffy (2%) is another guy who can hit around 0.275 but will struggle to give you a combined 20 home runs and steals despite being an everyday player in Tampa Bay.

Once you get outside of the top 15/20 or so at third base the position starts to drop off and becomes very much about picking your player based on your needs. I have not listed any of the prospects here because I expect many of them to be in the minors for at least a couple of weeks but names such as Nick Senzel and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are possibilities if you are willing to take an initial zero or can shuffle the pack and store them as bench guys.

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