Friday, May 27, 2005

Vlad the Impaled

Vladimir Guerrero has arguably been the second most valuable fantasy player behind Barry Bonds the last few years while he has been healthy. He has consistently been one of the first 10 players chosen in all fantasy drafts, even when he was in Montreal. Those with Vlad on their fantasy team will have to make do without him for at least another two weeks while he heals his partially dislocated left shoulder.

Vlad will be stuck at .303 with seven homers and 24 RBI for a while.
Vlad will be out 2 to 3 more weeks

Guerrero was injured last Friday in the game against the Dodgers while sliding into home.Vlad has always been aggressive on the bases so we hope this injury doesn't make him second guess himself and have him start doubting whether to be aggressive on the bases. However, he may want to figure out how to slide more gracefully if he plans on doing so in the future. Watching the replay, you would think it was the first headfirst slide of his life.

Fantasy owners who have Vlad should plan on him being out another 2 to 3 weeks. Be patient and don't make stupid, hasty decisions because there will be no way to replace his offense. The best you can hope for is picking up a player that will give you more than the other options you have. Speaking of players to pick up to fill in for Vlad on your roster, you might want to look at Vlad's replacement on the Angels, Juan Rivera (I know, it's a homer pick for me since Rivera is an ex-Yankee). With the players around him, Juan Rivera will probably be put better numbers than most of the players available off waivers.

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