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  1. I’m one who is putting Pujols on the shelf and am looking for a corner infield replacement.
    I’ve got Trumbo, Rizzo, and Moustakas available in my league…
    Which one?

    Comment by RiverAce — June 23, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

  2. No need for me to elaborate on the below link, as it details a much better 1B option who should be available in many leagues (with OF eligibility to boot).

    http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/blog/roto_arcade/post/When-Mitch-Moreland-hits-8216-em-they-stay-hi;_ylt=AlAqtpj70wccaOMrUCuL6NK5bZ8u?urn=fantasy-wp4182

    Comment by DD — June 23, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

  3. I don’t know what kind of league Mitch Moreland is available in but it must be as shallow as a kiddie pool.

    Comment by RiverAce — June 23, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  4. Read the Yahoo article. He is available in 57% of their leagues and is not listed as a top 15 1B.

    Comment by DD — June 23, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  5. First of all, I’m not crazy about yahoo leagues – lots of weirdness there.
    I drafted Mitch Moreland after watching him crush in the playoffs last year – great late rounds player.
    The only concern with him coming into 2011 was playing time, but in my experience the cream always rises to the top; if you hit and can field reasonably well, you are going to be in the linuep.

    Comment by RiverAce — June 23, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  6. Or how about some of the hot hitters, like Ty Wigginton, Michael Cuddyer, or Adam Kennedy? All are getting plenty of playing time and are swiss army knife players.

    Comment by DD — June 23, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  7. I agree about Moreland – I saw him hit in the playoffs last years and thought as long as he gets a chance to play everyday, even with his home/road and R/L split issues, he would be a solid regular 1B. Think Adam LaRoche with more consistency and OF eligibility, .280/75/25/95 for BA/R/HR/RBI.

    Comment by DD — June 23, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  8. Cuddyer gone, does Wigginton play everyday? couldn’t tolerate adding Adam Kennedy as a corner IF – just can’t do it.

    Comment by RiverAce — June 23, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

  9. Is he really worse than Casey Kotchman, who has no other positional eligibility?

    Comment by DD — June 23, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  10. I think I’m going to go with Moustakas. He’s going to play everyday and the AL Central is a good hitter’s division. His K% is lower than expected and he is drawing walks at a pretty good clip. Power will come around at some point.

    Comment by RiverAce — June 23, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

  11. When Pujols went down I was lucky enough to have his Cardinal teamate Lance Berkman on my fantasy team. Carlos Pena was on the wire so I snagged him to be my other 1st baseman. Hopefully a platoon between the two of them can provide enough offence to get me by. I was considering Aubrey Huff (who was also on the wire) but hes a “good year, bad year” player and this is his bad year.

    When I heard 6 weeks I thought about actually dropping Pujols and moving on as I already had Clay Bucholz on the DL. Even when Albert is back, how will the repaired wrist affect his power in the last month? I would be picking up either JJ Hardy or Giovanni Soto if I dropped Albert.

    Comment by gryff — June 23, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  12. It’s not the same injury as Derrick Lee or Mark DeRosa – they fractured hammate bones in their wrists which seriously affects torque when you roll your hands on the bat.
    I don’t expect his power to be gone upon his return, so if you are going to cut baggage from your DL, my advice is say goodbye to Buchholz and keep #1.

    Comment by RiverAce — June 23, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  13. I may not be bringing the power as of late but I’ve hit around .300 all season

    Comment by Brett Wallace — June 23, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  14. Smoak and Huff were both on waivers and I managed to grab Smoak after Pujols dropped. Hopefully he’ll still stick up some power stats despite the rest of that offense.

    Comment by TheGrandslamwich — June 23, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  15. I’ve replaced Pujols with Hafner (who I’ve owned since April) and the recently acquired Todd Helton. My production has remained at the same pre Pujols injury level because of some other guys stepping up and providing walks and XBH’s. I did some quick and dirty math and figured I would need around 220 points (ottoneu points league) to replace Albert’s production if he’s out for 4 weeks. Ottoneu is acting up right now, so I can’t say exactly what the Hafner/Helton combo have contributed, but we’ve drawn closer to first since the injury. That’s really all that matters.

    Comment by rexdeaz — June 25, 2011 @ 11:46 am

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