Thursday, May 7, 2009

MANNY BEING MANNY: SUSPENSION NOT A SURPRISE, SOME FANTASY REPLACEMENTS

Can any of us who follow baseball be surprised that outfielder extraodinaire Manny Ramirez of the LA Dodgers is serving a 50-game suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs?
He's always lived in his own private Idaho with his own set of rules and own way of doing things.
Average baseball fans probably just shrugged their shoulders when they heard the news of Ramirez's suspension. But if you're in fantasy baseball money leagues like me, and you have Manny on your roster, it's a bummer. You're taking a huge hit in production with average, runs scored, RBIs and homers until he returns on July 3.
The question is, who is out there to take his place? Who's on your waiver wire that could be available now who can contribute almost as much production?
I have Ramirez in three leagues and on Thursday I made some decent pickups of the waiver wire. There are some really decent outfielders out there.

In one league, I replaced Ramirez with Chris Duncan of St. Louis. In Yahoo, ESPN and CBS.Sportsline.com leagues he is only on 15-25 percent of the teams and has 11 runs scored, three homers, 18 RBIs and a .284 batting average.

One of the hottest outfielders available in many leagues is Minnesota's Jason Kubel. Last week he hit .375 and in the last 16 games he is hitting .375. For the season he has 14 runs scored, four homers, 16 RBIs and a season average of.315. He is only on 30-40 percent of the leagues on the aforementioned Web sites.

Another outfielder under theradar has been Luke Scott of Baltimore who is only in 7-20 percent of the leagues in Yahoo, ESPN and CBS.Sportsline.com. Last week he hit .356 and is hitting .280 for the season with 11 runs scored, five homers and 15 RBIs.

Another outfielder to consider is Dan Murphy of the Mets. He is in only 13-25 percent of the leagues on the three Web sites and has 17 runs scored, threehomers, 11 RBIs, a stolen base and a .314 batting average.

Also available in many leagues is Jack Cust of Oakland. He is batting .299 with 17 runs scored, three homers, 10 RBIs and a stolen base. He is only in 10-20 percent of leagues on those Web sites.

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