Aaron Judge's Fantasy Value Following His Return From the Injured List

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees / Jim McIsaac
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge came into the season as one of the hottest names in fantasy baseball after combining for 79 home runs over his last two seasons. Playing in one of the most loaded lineups in baseball, Judge seemed like a lock to continue the production fantasy owners had seen from him over his first two full seasons.

However, an oblique injury that has kept Judge out of the Yankees' lineup since April 20, put those plans on hold.

After finishing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge could return to the big club sometime late in the week or this weekend. While the Yankees have done fine without Judge in the lineup (46-27, first in AL East), there is still little doubt that Judge will return as an everyday fixture for the team as soon as he is ready.

While there's no telling exactly when Judge will be back to his normal form, fantasy owners should still look to insert him back into their lineups as soon as he returns.

Judge was on his way to another solid season before the oblique injury. He was hitting .288 with five home runs and 11 RBI in just 20 games. He also had a .404 OBP and had scored 13 runs.

In a lineup that looks even better now than it did prior to the season started with the addition of power-hitter Edwin Encarnacion and the return of Didi Gregorius, Judge should have plenty of opportunities for RBI and runs. As long as the oblique injury doesn't linger, Judge should return to form and have a major impact for fantasy owners down the stretch.


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Leo Abbe-Schneider is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Leo Abbe-Schneider also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username leoabbe2. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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