Trade injured Jose Reyes, or replace him?

Updated: July 7, 2011, 5:22 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes hasn't just been one of the top shortstops in fantasy baseball, he's also one of its best players overall. He entered Thursday ranked fourth on the ESPN Player Rater, behind only Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista and Curtis Granderson. Sadly, though, Reyes won't be helping fantasy owners for a few weeks; a left hamstring injury is likely to force him to the 15-day disabled list.

Reyes has been, simply put, a revelation this season; he's on pace for the best statistics of his career. Sure, he has had seasons with considerably more power, and he wasn't likely to approach his career best of 78 stolen bases, but the big league-leading .354 batting average is fantastic and worth a ton no matter the format. Say what you will about a contract push or whatever other motivation, but this has been the top fantasy shortstop this season, and it's not even close. Now he joins the Mets' starting corner infielders on the shelf, though it doesn't appear the hamstring problem will keep him out long-term, so fantasy owners really shouldn't panic.