3 Robinson Cano Injury Replacements at Second Base for Fantasy Baseball
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It's been a tough first season in Flushing for Robinson Cano who, in addition to struggling at the plate (.238 batting average), will now be making his second trip to the IL due to a nagging left quad injury. Cano first went on the IL back on May 23, and played all of one game prior to this second trip.
While Cano will be out again, the stint will be backdated allowing him to return on June 16 if healthy. Even so, owners will need a temporary (and potentially long-term) replacement for fantasy's ugliest position outside of catcher. Here are three names to consider, available in less than 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
3. Niko Goodrum, Detroit Tigers
While you're likely using him at second base, Goodrum is one of the most versatile players in fantasy from a position eligibility perspective, playable at literally everywhere except catcher (and pitcher). He has also been swinging a hot bat as of late, with a .290 average in June. Goodrum will not be a great power source (six homers on the season), but he is up to seven steals and has scored 34 runs. At just 35% owned, he could be a pretty useful player, all things considered.
2. David Bote, Chicago Cubs
For those who lost Cano in deeper leagues, Bote (6% owned) may be your move. Eligible at both second and third base, Bote is having a solid season for the Cubs playing mostly against righties due to his reverse splits. As most of the league's pitchers are righties, his platoon situation is less of a concern. Bote doesn't hit high in the lineup, but still gets plenty of opportunities playing for the loaded Cubs.
1. Brian Dozier, Washington Nationals
If you're solely looking to replace Cano's power (which hasn't been much this season), the veteran Dozier is starting to heat up in that department. A perennial slow starter, Dozier is up to 10 homers thanks to having already collected three through 19 June at bats. He is crushing it so far this month, with a .474 average, so if you're looking for someone to carry you through the next few weeks (and possibly beyond), Dozier is worth a pickup in all leagues.
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