Corey Seager, one of the best shortstops in MLB and also one of the best overall Fantasy Baseball players, has now been scheduled for a season-ending Tommy John surgery. That will leave a huge hole in the lineup of his respective Fantasy owners, so that is why we will be dedicating the Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire article to finding a valid replacement for him
Even if you don’t own Seager, you should definitely still read on. A position that just a few years ago was nearly barren in the world of Fantasy, the recent influx of young shortstops have made having a good shortstop almost a necessity in order to compete in your leagues.
Whether you owned Seager or just didn’t have a great shortstop to begin with, here are two waiver-wire players that can shore up that crucial middle infield spot on your Fantasy team.
Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire
Jose Peraza, 2B/SS, Cincinnati Reds (44% owned)
Jose Peraza was a Fantasy stud in his first MLB season with the Reds, hitting .324 with 21 steals in 256 plate appearances. His second season was slightly less successful, as he had 518 plate appearances but hit only .259 with 23 steals. A lot of people had given up on him, and the Reds were even rumored to have him on a short leash with his starting job coming into the year.
Hopefully, you didn’t give up on him, and if you did, you should try to correct that mistake while you can. With a .296 average and fives steals through just 126 plate appearances, Peraza is showing flashes of his 2016 self that was ever-so-valuable to Fantasy teams everywhere.
Pick him up while you can, because even though he probably doesn’t have a high ceiling, I think that his current production is definitely sustainable, and when you can find the eight highest scoring shortstop in ESPN leagues on the waiver wire, you should definitely pounce.
Eduardo Escobar, SS/3B, Minnesota Twins (33.9% owned)
Last year, Escobar was a shortstop-eligible player who hit 21 home runs with 73 RBI. That is an extremely valuable player. However, due to the Carlos Correas and the Francisco Lindors of the world, he flew way under the radar. I liked him coming into the year even if he could just reproduce last year’s production, yet he is aiming to top it this season.
Escobar right now has four home runs and 14 RBI in 96 at-bats, which are solid numbers. However, what stands out to me is his batting average, which is right now sitting at .299. If he can keep anywhere close to this production, he is a worthwhile addition if you are in need of a shortstop.
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