The Ditch List: Looking At Injured Players Fantasy Owners Can Move On From

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this time of year any injury or setback could ultimately end a player’s season.  It’s extremely frustrating for fantasy owners, especially given the uncertainty, as we decide whether to hold a player or not.  Let’s take a look at a few of the injuries/news that has come out recently and how fantasy owners should proceed (keep in mind this is geared towards those in redraft formats):


Luis Severino – Starting Pitcher – New York Yankees
The argument could’ve been made that the Yankees had a bit of a quick hook with Severino after his struggles in Boston, considering the matchup and setting.  However after the injury to Nathan Eovaldi necessitated a return to the Majors, Severino promptly proved that the Yankee concerns were correct (7 ER over 3.2 IP).  He now owns an 8.58 ERA as a starter in the Majors, while he has thrown 8.1 shutout innings coming out of the bullpen.

Could the Yankees look to convert him into a late inning weapon?  Time will tell, but he’s back at Triple-A and impossible to trust even if he does get another start in the Majors in ’16.


Mark Teixeira – First Baseman – New York Yankees
No this isn’t pick on the Yankees time, though for a team looking towards the future it makes sense for them to sit down their veterans and take a closer look at the players they’ve recently recalled.  Teixiera, who is set to retire at year’s end, is going to start finding himself on the bench more and more as the Yankees see what players like Tyler Austin and Austin Judge can do.  There simply isn’t going to be enough AB available to consider utilizing him down the stretch.


Tyler Naquin – Outfielder – Cleveland Indians
It really shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s fallen off a cliff in August, hitting .188 with 1 HR over his first 32 AB (entering play yesterday).  He had never shown the type of power that he had displayed in June and July (12 HR) and he had also been benefiting from some gaudy BABIP (.444 and .419).  There’s a good chance his current cold streak lasts a while, and ultimately the playing time could also disappear.  Obviously there’s value in keeper/dynasty formats, but in redraft leagues there should be ample alternatives.


Jon Gray – Starting Pitcher – Colorado Rockies
Like with Naquin, this is geared towards redraft formats.  That said he’s clearly hitting a bit of a wall, posting three consecutive miserable outings:

  • vs. MIA – 3.2 IP, 8 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • at PHI – 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 6 K
  • vs. WAS – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K

That totals 18 ER on 22 H and 6 BB over just 12.0 IP.  Is there still upside?  Absolutely, but he has carried an elevated line drive rate (22.8% entering the day) and pitches in Coors Field.  That’s not a trustworthy combination.


The Injured
These players have officially been lost for the season:

  • Giancarlo Stanton – Outfielder – Miami Marlins
  • Aaron Nola – Starting Pitcher – Philadelphia Phillies

Source – Fangraphs

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