Fantasy Baseball 2023: 5 Players to Trust Despite Injury History

Five fantasy baseball players to trust in 2023 despite their injury history.
Five fantasy baseball players to trust in 2023 despite their injury history. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Every year heading into fantasy baseball drafts, gamers build lists of players they want to target and avoid. Sometimes, players should be avoided due to a current injury or a chronic injury history.

In other cases, though, players are too talented to avoid and should still be targeted regardless of their injury history. Here are five MLB players that fall into that category.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves, ADP 2.57

The arguable number one pick heading into the new season has his share of injury concerns but is trending in the right direction coming into his second season post-ACL tear. The Braves phenom suffered the tear on July 10, 2021, and hit the usual bumps in the recovery road during his first year back.

The star played sparingly, totaling just 119 games and hitting the second-lowest home run total of his career (15). Coming back from the ACL tear did not affect him on the base paths (as we opined at sicscore.com) due to the ACL affecting his cutting and side-to-side mobility but not his straight-line running.

You saw the effect in the field with Acuna posting his lowest fielding percentage of his career. The DH spot has been a godsend for NL teams dealing with injuries (a la Bryce Harper) and Atlanta used the spot well, giving Acuna additional playing time when he was sore with 27 games played at DH.

With the injury far behind him, Acuna should enjoy a fine statistical year on the bases and improve his batting stats in 2023.

Jazz Chisholm Jr., 2B, Miami Marlins, ADP 39.83

The electric Marlins second baseman and cover-man of MLB The Show 23 is high on many draft boards going into the 2023 season due to his five-tool ability and potential to be the top overall fantasy second baseman. Last year Chisholm played just 60 games as he dealt with a bothersome back injury.

During the early parts of June, there were points where Chisholm struggled to walk or lie down. He was later diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back according to a CT scan. The back injury prevented him from playing in the All-Star Game and eventually caused him to be shut down for the season.

The stud infielder enjoyed a normal offseason and has played 15 games in Spring Training, showing no ill effects on the diamond.

Although back injuries can be a cause for concern, Chisholm has shown signs of being 100% healed, meaning a big season could be in store if the Marlins' offense abides.

Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox, ADP 70.07

The Dominican slugger holds high expectations every year but has fallen short the past two years due to injury, playing fewer than 85 games in each of the last two seasons.

Late April last year, Jimenez suffered a significant hamstring strain after stepping awkwardly on a base while running. Combined with a slow start pre-injury, Jimenez finished with a measly 16 HRs.

Jimenez missed much of 2021 as well, playing in just 55 games due to a torn left pectoral muscle that he suffered while attempting to rob a home run in Spring Training. The outfielder did not return until late July and batted just .249 for the season.

The good news is that both injuries were bad luck and unrelated, meaning Jinenez is not truly “injury-prone”. Take advantage of his lower ADP in drafts, because if he can play even 130 games he will likely surpass his career-high totals in homers, RBIs and runs. He also finished last year on fire, giving him some momentum heading into 2023.

Carlos Correa, SS, Minnesota Twins, ADP 118

Correa landed right back where he started this offseason, which is arguably a better spot for fantasy purposes.

After nearly joining the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, Correa found his way back with the Twins and we at sicscore.com have no issues with his ability to play a full season despite the rejected medicals.

The shortstop has long-term issues with his back and a metal plate in his ankle, but both issues should not have prevented him from signing with the Giants or Mets. Since 2020, Correa has played in 342 of 384 games (89.1%).

He has shown no ill effects at the plate, either, averaging 24 homers and 78 RBIs over the last two seasons. Consistency is key in baseball, and Correa should continue this trend in 2023.

Jacob deGrom, SP, Texas Rangers, ADP 32.8

The former Mets superstar surprisingly left New York for the Rangers to the tune of 5 years and $180 million. His arm troubles have been well documented at sicscore.com over the past year, and now he has the chance for a new start as Texas' ace.

deGrom has only started 26 games over the last two years combined, which is a major reason why the Mets didn't shell out the big bucks to keep him this offseason.

He's still one of the best pitchers in baseball if healthy, so deGrom has the potential to add a third Cy Young award to his trophy case if he can stay on the field.

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