Trea Turner has suffered a broken right wrist for the Nationals. What is the fantasy fallout from the injury?
A Pedro Strop fastball may serve as a titanic blow to the Nationals’ season as Trea Turner will now be out for significant time thanks to a fractured wrist. The dynamic shortstop was a top target in most drafts this spring, but now with an extended DL trip on the horizon, what is the fantasy fallout from the news?
Trea Turner took the league by storm in 2016, providing the club with an incredible spark on both sides of the ball. After posting a .342/13 HR/40 RBI/33 SB line over 73 games in 2016, it was hard not to fall in love.
Turner got off to a good start to begin the season but did hit the DL in April thanks to a hamstring strain. He was ice cold in May, .239 AVG but was playing like a man possessed in June. Over 25 games this month, he had an ungodly .295/2 HR/9 RBI/20 SB line.
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After stealing 20 bases in one month, he now leads the league in steals. There is no one on the waiver wire that can match that, so in terms of fantasy it is impossible to replace him. The Nationals will more than likely turn to Stephen Drew, but he is well off the fantasy radar.
The MI is always tough to fill, especially if owners are looking for someone to help in the SB department. To put that into perspective, over the last 30 games only Dee Gordon and Turner have more than 10 SB from the MI position. Steals on the wire are non-existent.
In terms of fantasy replacements, we have covered the recent hot stretch from Orlando Arcia. Arcia seems to be the best add in terms of the hot streak and potential to offer some power and speed. Whit Merrifield is hot again for the Royals and Andrelton Simmons also fits the power and speed combo mold.
The Nationals are all too familiar with injuries derailing their success, but the loss of Turner is a back breaker due to his dynamism. No timetable has not been released yet, but it will be lengthy nonetheless. Scout the waiver wire for the best available options, even if things look bleak.