Fantasy owners shouldn't wait for A-Rod

Updated: July 25, 2012, 2:46 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It's July 25, and baseball's regular season is scheduled to run through the first three days of October, meaning there are 10 weeks left. Why is this relevant? Well, when a player hits the disabled list in the wee hours of the morning on this date with a broken hand and it's announced he'll likely be out of action for six to eight weeks, as is the case for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, it means one thing to unfortunate fantasy owners: move on.

Rodriguez is fantasy's No. 6 third baseman on the ESPN Player Rater. No, he's not having a spectacular season by any means, certainly not for his historic career, but he's hitting .276 and on pace for 25 home runs, 73 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and 90 runs. That's pretty good. The point is, he's not going to get there. This could be the top third baseman in fantasy (Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers) and the message would be roughly the same, that a six-to-eight week absence when there are 10 weeks left in the season from today isn't enough to expect proper return on the investment, whether you're simply keeping the player on your bench or buying low. In 10-team standard leagues, the roster spot can likely be better used.