Alex Bregman went down with a hamstring injury Wednesday that was so severe he didn't travel with the team to Seattle for their weekend series vs the Mariners. With a little more than 2 weeks left in the regular season, the injury appears to be season threatening.
Sounds like Alex Bregman's season is over. A.J. Hinch said his injury would've required an immediate 15-day DL stint if any other month.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) September 17, 2016
This is a bad time for fantasy owners with the playoffs having just begun in most head to head leagues. Bregman had solidified himself as the 2 hole hitter in the Astros lineup and has been one of the best hitters in baseball over the last 30 days with an OPS over 1.000.
Some replacement infielder options (as defined by a 30% ownership rate or less in Yahoo):
Yulieski Gurriel (25% owned)
Gurriel is available in 75% of Yahoo leagues and has taken over Bregman's spot in the order in the 2 hole, behind George Springer and in front of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Gurriel was the most talented hitter to come out of Cuba this year and has a .329 BA and .850 OPS through his first 80 big league plate appearances.
Asdrubal Cabrera (30% owned)
Cabrera is available in 70% of Yahoo leagues and, like Gurriel, has been slotted in the 2 hole. Cabrera is having the second best season of his career by wRC+ at 116 and has been on a rampage of late with a .918 OPS in the second half. Cabrera will be a good bet to hit for power for the position and is slotted in a favorable lineup position in front of Yoenis Cespedes.
Ryon Healy (17% owned)
Healy is available in 83% of Yahoo leagues and has been slotted 5th in the A's lineup. The A's lineup isn't very good, but Healy is hitting .313/.347/.534 with a .221 ISO and 10 HR through his first 220 MLB PA. He is well within the ISO stabilization point of 160 AB, showing some evidence that his power hasn't been a fluke.
For the hardcores that are actually playing daily fantasy baseball on a football Sunday, a hitting stack stands out as being undervalued based on pricing. The Tigers face average RHP Trevor Bauer and they're being priced down like they're facing a much more effective pitcher. Miguel Cabrera ($3,200), JD Martinez ($3,000) and Victor Martinez ($2,900) are all 3.2k or under, and each has hit RHP to a significantly above average level for their position. Cabrera has a 140 wRC+ and .240 ISO vs RHP, with JD Martinez at a 150 wRC+/.236 ISO and Victor Martinez at a 120 wRC+/.190 ISO. In particular, JD Martinez's 150 wRC+ vs RHP this season is elite, and 38 outfielders are priced higher than he is. Bauer is not a tomato can, but there's some value to be had to spread money around elsewhere.