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4 DL Targets to Stash (Fantasy Baseball)

by Joey Korman | Featured Writer
Jun 19, 2017

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Every year players suffer long-term injuries before the season or early in the season and every year there are some that come back to make an immediate impact. Any league without at least 3+ DL spots is blasphemy, especially given the new 10-day DL, but you may play in a blasphemous league which means that there will be plenty of DL guys floating around the waiver wire. Even with 3+ DL spots, you may still be able to find some intriguing DL stashes. Here are four DL targets to consider stashing.

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Wilson Ramos (C – TB)
Ramos was in the midst of a monster season for the Nationals before tearing his ACL late in 2016. Now a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, Ramos is on his rehab assignment in Triple-A and almost ready to assume catcher/designated hitter duties for the Rays. Don’t expect Ramos to repeat his career year in 2016 in which he hit .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs as he was aided by a HR/FB rate four percent greater than his career average and a BABIP of .327 which is 36 points higher than his career average. However, he’s likely to be a top 10 catcher moving forward. He should have a nice spot batting in a pretty good Rays lineup so scoop him up now if you need help at catcher.

Yahoo: 21% owned
ESPN: 15% owned

Charlie Tilson (OF – CWS)
Charlie Tilson is probably not a name that’s even close to being on your radar, but he was slated to be the Opening Day center fielder for the White Sox before going down with a stress “reaction” in his right foot. In 2016, Tilson got injured in his MLB debut after collecting a single in his only at-bat. That was a comical theme for the White Sox in 2016 as they remarkably saw four players get hurt in their first career game with the team (catcher Kevan Smith actually got hurt before his first game). Tilson hasn’t been healthy since that injury, but he’s finally nearing a rehab assignment and he’s a speculative DL stash if you need steals. Tilson swiped 61 bases over his last two seasons in the minors and has a chance to carve out some playing time for the White Sox in the second half of the season.

Yahoo: 0%
ESPN: 1%

Marcus Semien (SS – OAK)
Semien was off to a rough start in 2017 hitting only .171 with zero home runs and one RBI for the A’s before going down with a broken right wrist. Semien had been aggressive on the basepaths, though, with four steals. Semien took some BP this past Friday and should be ready to return for the A’s early next month. Chad Pinder and Adam Rosales didn’t do enough to Wally Pipp him, so expect Semien to immediately return as the A’s starting shortstop unless the A’s decide to bring up top prospect Franklin Barreto. Semien is unlikely to hit for a high average, but he did blast 27 home runs in 2016 and provides some modest speed with 21 stolen bases over his last two seasons. Give him a look if you’re struggling to find a shortstop.

Yahoo: 18% owned
ESPN: 5% owned

Drew Smyly (SP – SEA)
Mariners starter Drew Smyly has reportedly made a “major step” in his recovery from a strained flexor tendon he suffered in spring training. Smyly has yet to make his Mariners debut and — while there is still no timetable for his return — the lefty seems to be trending in the right direction. Don’t expect his return to be imminent, but he could provide some value in the final two months of the season. Smyly had a disappointing 4.88 ERA in 2016 for the Rays, but did strike out a career-high 167 batters and had a respectable 1.27 WHIP. With starting pitching relatively thin this season, he’s worth a DL stash if you have space.

Yahoo: 22%
ESPN: 17%

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Joey Korman is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Joey, check out his archive and follow him @leaveit2divac.

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