To wait or not to wait on DL players

Updated: May 12, 2008, 2:30 PM ET
It was a given that fantasy owners would wait for John Lackey to come back, and this week we get our prize. Lackey is a top-10 starting pitcher, when healthy. Then again, it wasn't too long ago that Chris Carpenter and Pedro Martinez were also in that top echelon of fantasy saviors. Are you waiting for them to return?

In most leagues, fantasy owners get one disabled list spot, and need to use it wisely. The top player in preseason drafts is currently on the DL (Alex Rodriguez), while two other top-20 options have served their terms (Jimmy Rollins, Alfonso Soriano). Pitchers have been even more likely to miss time, with a number of closers going out (J.J. Putz, Rafael Soriano) and starting pitchers (Erik Bedard, John Smoltz, Lackey) following. Fantasy owners don't always know who they should keep around and who they shouldn't, and most times it's not a simple call.

In one league, I had little choice but to part ways with Jorge Posada last week, and as soon as he cleared waivers, a competitor had grabbed him. What could I do, in a one-catcher league, with other options available, and no bench spots to part with and Chone Figgins in the DL slot? I need the steals. I've also seen Troy Tulowitzki passed around a few times in another league, as one owner after another believes he can stash him away and wait, and then realizes other injuries and needs take precedence. I have Francisco Liriano in a keeper format. You think I want to cut him?