Corey Seager is out for the season thanks to TJ surgery. It is a huge blow for the Dodgers, and for fantasy owners. What is the fantasy fallout of the news?
The Dodgers are one of the biggest disappointments so far in MLB, and things just got a lot worse as Corey Seager is now out for the year. His preexisting elbow injury from 2017 seems to have carried over into this season, leaving the Dodgers with a gaping hole at short, and fantasy owners without a stud performer. Where do fantasy owners go from here?
Corey Seager is undoubtedly one of the best SS in the game and his stellar back to back 20 HR/70 RBI seasons seemingly set him up for more success. Owners targeted him as such and he was taken as an early round selection in all drafts this spring.
He will end the 2018 season playing in 26 games, mustering a .267/2 HR/13 RBI/.744 OPS line. The TJ surgery surely hurt him more in the field than at the plate, but his numbers were off from the rates owners expected.
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The Dodgers are in deep trouble. Justin Turner has missed the whole first month of the season, and Los Angeles’ offense has felt his loss. Yasiel Puig has scuffled and is now on the DL as well, leaving the Dodgers scrambling for answers.
In terms of the Dodgers next move, they could slide Chris Taylor or Kike Hernandez to short, opening up the outfield. Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson, and Alex Verdugo would then become the full-time starters while Andrew Toles takes him time to come back from injury as well.
For fantasy owners, shortstop replacements are hard to come by. There is not going to be a player that replaces Seager on the wire. In terms of possible waiver wire targets, guys like Nick Ahmed or even Kike Hernandez could offer some pop and RBI numbers.
While players like Adeiny Hechavarria, Jose Iglesias or Jose Peraza are short-term hot plays. The MI spot is notoriously weak and hard to find ample replacements, so it is not a surprise that the options are particularly weak.
Keep a keen eye on the market for possible replacements or prospects that could help.