Plug and Play Astros’ Derek Fisher, Hold Cubs’ Justin Wilson
Plug and Play: Derek Fisher HOU
With the Astros shipping off Nori Aoki in the Fracisco Liriano trade and George Springer on the DL with a quad injury, we finally get to see Derek Fisher getting consistent at-bats for an extended period. Springer could be back as early as next week, but he is listed as a high injury risk according to
[caption id="attachment_255847" align="alignright" width="300"] Pop Derek Fisher into your lineup for now. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)[/caption]
Inside Injuries, which could cause the Astros to exercise some caution with him given their large lead in the AL West. Fisher has shown in both Triple A and at the Major League level this season that he can hit. In limited Major League at-bats, Fisher has hit .288 with 3 homers and a .519 slugging percentage. Throw in the fact that he’s also a stolen base threat and there really isn’t a hole in his game. His at-bats may dry up quicker than one would hope, but his tantalizing upside is worth the pickup.
Wait and See: Justin Wilson CHC
Wilson just lost most of his value when he was traded to the Cubs over the weekend, as he will not be the club’s closer. Wilson has been one of the better relievers in all of baseball this season, posting a 2.76 ERA with a 12.33 K/9. The Cubs incumbent closer, Wade Davis, has also been solid, which is why he will keep his role. However, Davis still has his sketchy moments here and there, which could eventually open the door for Wilson should he falter in the 9th. Also, Davis is a low injury risk according to Inside Injuries, but he does still have a worrisome history of arm injuries. If there is any way to keep Wilson on your roster for the time being, it could be worth it in the case of an injury or slip in performance from Davis.
Drop: Troy Tulowitzki TOR
Tulowitzki was placed on the DL last week due to an ankle injury. The MRI revealed that there was ligament damage, which could put the rest of Tulo’s season in jeopardy. He is a high injury risk with a below average Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries, supporting the claim that he could be done in 2017. At this point, you have to ask yourself if a guy is worth holding onto even if he may not return at all this season, which means you have to evaluate how much upside he has. In Tulo’s case, that isn’t much at all. He has posted a .678 OPS so far this season and just isn’t the player he used to be. He still has a big name, but not the skill set to go with it. He is a drop in all formats at this time.
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