Crisp on DL; A's outfielders intriguing

Updated: May 2, 2013, 12:55 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Entering Wednesday, the No. 3 option on the Player Rater was none other than Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp, the same fellow who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. This creates quite the trouble for fantasy owners: On one hand, here's one of the most valuable players in all of fantasy a month into the season, someone owned in all leagues hitting .283 with five home runs, eight stolen bases and a whopping 24 runs scored. Then again, we all know Crisp isn't the third-best player (now fifth as of Thursday) in fantasy. He was a 20th-round choice in ESPN live drafts, a helpful player who provides stolen bases but certainly not an irreplaceable one.

However, for many dealing with one of the myriad other and better injured players, the wise move Thursday is to cut Crisp despite his awesome start to 2013. Look at all the fantasy monsters who still have that annoying asterisk next to their names, signifying DL status: Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Reyes, Jason Heyward, Ryan Zimmerman and Zack Greinke top the list, but there are at least 15 names I can find that I'd prefer to stash in my one and only DL slot. If you've got a deep bench and nobody relevant on it, of course you hold on to Crisp, but the point is his solid April shouldn't force you into a decision that could haunt you later.