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Fantasy Baseball Injury Stash Rankings: Week 2 (2023)

Fantasy Baseball Injury Stash Rankings: Week 2 (2023)

Savvy fantasy managers realize the value of drafting and stashing injured players as they prep for the long haul of an MLB season.

Providing an Injury Stash Ranking weekly allows fantasy managers to remind themselves who is still on the shelf and, more importantly, who to run and stash as they keep an eye on the prize.

Top Ten Players to Stash Right Now

  1. Bryce Harper (OF-PHI)
  2. Joe Musgrove (SP-SD)
  3. Tony Gonsolin (SP-LAD)
  4. Jose Altuve (2B-HOU)
  5. Carlos Rodon (SP-NYY)
  6. Luis Severino (SP-NYY)
  7. Seiya Suzuki (OF-CHC)
  8. Tyler Glasnow (SP-TB)
  9. Lars Nootbaar (OF-STL)
  10. Adam Wainwright (SP-STL)

Plenty of fantasy power at the top of the rankings. Hope you were able to select and stash these players during your drafts. If not, sell the drama of injured players and buy the upside of the top-end starting pitchers.

Top Ten Hitters to Stash Right Now

  1. Bryce Harper (OF-PHI)
  2. Jose Altuve (2B-HOU)
  3. Seiya Suzuki (OF-CHC)
  4. Lars Nootbaar (OF-STL)
  5. Harrison Bader (OF-NYY)
  6. Adalberto Mondesi (SS-BOS)
  7. Trevor Story (2B-BOS)
  8. Mitch Haniger (OF-SF)
  9. Carson Kelly (C-ARI)
  10. Joey Votto (1B-CIN)

Maybe wishful thinking in shallow leagues, but with the uncertainty of his return, Bryce Harper could be had and stashed. Altuve had one of the best seasons of his career last season, smacking 28 homers and swiping 18 bases. However, Altuve broke his thumb in the World Classic and looked out until June. So please don’t be shy to stash him for the second half of the season. Suzuki showed promise in his first taste of MLB action last season and could be a valuable addition to your outfield mix. Speaking of outfield mix, Lars Nootbaar is part of a mix of outfielders for the Cardinals that present fantasy value. His return will be an exciting twist to the fantasy landscape and could result in the Cardinals moving an outfielder.

The Boston Red Sox looked to shore up their middle infield by acquiring Adalberto Mondesi and Trevor Story, but both players were injured to kick off the season. We will probably not see them until around the All-Star break, but they should pay heavy fantasy dividends in their anticipated returns. The injury suffered by Carson Kelly opened the door for Gabriel Moreno to obtain some at-bats in Arizona. Kelly might not be a usable fantasy option when he returns. If you feel like diving into the Fountain of Youth, take a swing at the rebound of Joey Votto for the stretch run.

Top Ten Pitchers to Stash Right Now

  1. Joe Musgrove (SP-SDP)
  2. Tony Gonsolin (SP-LAD)
  3. Carlos Rodon (SP-NYY)
  4. Luis Severino (SP-NYY)
  5. Tyler Glasnow (SP-TB)
  6. Adam Wainwright (SP-STL)
  7. Triston McKenzie (SP-CLE)
  8. Tarik Skubal (SP-DET)
  9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP-TOR)
  10. John Means (SP-BAL)

Joe Musgrove looks to be the closest to return after making a rehab start this week and striking out six across 4.1 innings. The Padres could use the help with their starters outside of Yu Darvish getting roughed up in the early going this season. After his magical breakout last season, fantasy managers are eager to see how Tony Gonsolin follows up this season. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the end of this month for Gonsolin. The Yankees have survived without their two main starters, Luis Severino and the off-season acquisition Carlos Rodon. However, the calvary is coming for both the Yankees and fantasy managers.

Fantasy managers made a viable gamble on right-hander Tyler Glasnow returning to the mound this season after only two starts last season. Likewise, Cleveland Guardians’ young right-hander Triston McKenzie was on plenty of breakout lists coming into the season. Unfortunately, a significant shoulder strain raises some concerns about the timetable for his return. However, his upside makes McKenzie an injury stash worth continuing to roster.

The final three injury stash options have an upside, but we will not see them on the mound until around June. Therefore, each southpaw is worth the risk of holding on your Injured List as we keep tabs on their respective returns.

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