Second-half value of stars currently on DL

Updated: July 14, 2011, 4:30 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Sometimes in baseball it's all about the asterisk, and I don't mean in regards to Roger Maris and Barry Bonds. As baseball begins its second half, I see many players with that annoying little symbol next to their names in fantasy leagues, which means those fellows aren't helping your teams because they're on the disabled list. Of course, it doesn't tell the tale of their actual value. Here are the players in the top 250 on the ESPN Player Rater currently on the disabled list and my thoughts on them the rest of the season.

By the way, the impetus for this idea came from how I discussed New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on the Fantasy Focus show Wednesday. I said be very careful in acquiring him, because the right knee surgery he underwent Monday could very well keep him out of the lineup until September. That's a problem, even for the No. 4 third baseman on our Player Rater and No. 52 overall. I say sell him now in roto leagues, but if you can qualify for the head-to-head playoffs without him, don't. A-Rod for four weeks is still better than none, but it's far from 10 weeks, which is what is left. By the way, he was officially placed on the disabled list Thursday afternoon.