Replacing Jacoby Ellsbury

Alejandro De AzaLast week I wrote about how I disagreed with Jacoby Ellsbury being touted as an MVP type fantasy baseball player.

Even though I never saw a shoulder subluxation coming,(because I just would have said, “dislocation,” like a normal person)  I didn’t say he was not valuable to your fantasy baseball team. In fact, he was very valuable and now we have to try to replace him with waiver wire guys.

This is no short order. It was reasonable to expect Jacoby to be a 20/40 guy and a lock for 110 runs scored.  So where are we gonna find a guy in free agency that can get us remotely close to those numbers?


Well here are some guys that might still be available in your leagues:

  1. First is the hot outfielder Alejandro De Aza. He’s currently RF eligible but needs just 3 more appearances to gain CF eligibility for those that need it.  He is hitting well, getting on base even more, can run and is hitting leadoff for an offense that is better than I expected.  I nabbed him in one of my leagues already. In our CrackerJack 5×5 reader league he was already rostered before I could get him so the word is out.
  2. Second is a guy who is off to a slow start but is starting to come alive: Brennan Boesch.  He is hitting 2nd so he may not get you over 100 runs, but he could being that is hitting in front Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder!  Also, hitting second means that he will get you closer to Jacoby in the RBI column than most other options.  Unfortunately, he probably won’t be as useful in the steals column.
  3. Third is Jordan Schafer. He is also dealing with a little injury issue right now, but if he avoids missing time he could be a nice option replacing Ellsbury in terms of steals, even on a terrible team like Houston.

Now let me be clear, these guys are nothing better than band-aids for the Jacoby size wound to your lineup. All are short term if Ellsbury misses just the initially thought 6-8 weeks.

Here’s what I would do: pick up one of these guys, hope you guess right on which one will stay hot longest, and try to couple them with probably a pitcher to get a legit replacement.  Try Drew Stubbs, Desmond Jennings or even the still injured Carl Crawford (if LF, CF doesn’t matter) as they would be great additions in the short and long term and are guys you’d love to have alongside Ellsbury upon his return.

Tags: Boston Red Sox CF Injury Jacoby Ellsbury Leadoff Replacement Players Steals Waiver Wire

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