How to replace injured Rickie Weeks
Prior to the season, the case could easily have been made that second base was the worst position in fantasy baseball. We knew Robinson Cano would be good, and he has been, but there were a whole lot of questions surrounding other top 10 options. Would Dustin Pedroia bounce back? Could Chase Utley and Ian Kinsler stay healthy? Was it asking too much for Rickie Weeks, Martin Prado and Kelly Johnson to thrive again?
In truth, second base has been a relatively bright spot this season -- Chone Figgins notwithstanding -- but that's not going to make it any easier for Weeks owners feeling sad today because the Milwaukee Brewers star suffered a severely sprained ankle Wednesday. He might not return for another month, if not later. There are nearly 20 players eligible at second base owned in either 100 percent of ESPN standard leagues or close to it -- a tad better than shortstop and third base, for comparison -- so a fantasy owner might need to trade for their Weeks replacement, but in general those players and the ones available through free agency just don't have anywhere near the power.
No player with middle infield eligibility player entered Thursday with more home runs than Weeks (tied with Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, one more than the Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla). Overall, Weeks is hitting .272 with 19 home runs, 71 runs scored and nine stolen bases, while boasting the No. 5 spot on the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater among second basemen. Replacing that power is going to be a problem, but in terms of batting average, runs scored and steals, it can be done. And oddly enough, the available player that jumps to mind and is most recommended in the wake of Weeks' injury is probably the one he knows the best.
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