My weekly fantasy baseball column is up over at the Roto Times. I addressed the question currently going through the minds of Dusty Baker and fantasy baseball owners alike: how do you replace Derrek Lee?
The Cubs don't have many options should they want to replace Lee at first base with a minor league first baseman. Brandon Sing is the primary first baseman at Iowa, but he's hitting just .209 with one home run and four RBI through 43 at-bats, and he's not yet on the 40-man roster. And Brian Dopriak, a more highly regarded prospect down at Double-A West Tennessee, probably wouldn't be ready for the challenge even if he weren't sidelined with a broken foot.
Even if it's relatively clear who stands to gain playing time on the Cubs' roster, what is a jilted fantasy owner to do? Todd Walker is certainly an option in NL-only leagues, though he's more valuable as a second baseman. Trying to find a replacement starter in NL-only leagues will be tough, but here are some options that might be available on the free agent list: ...
What might those options be? It's not pretty: read the whole column for my explanations, but fantasy owners in NL-only leagues will likely be stuck choosing among the likes of Julio Franco, Jose Hernandez, Pete Orr and Jeff Cirillo. Luckily, owners in mixed leagues have a few more options, such as Xavier Nady, Kevin Youkilis, Vinny Castilla and others.
Life without Lee [Roto Times]