Jul 5, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) leaves the field after injuring himself at first base during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Edwin Encarnacion hits the DL, who can you replace him with?

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With the news that Edwin Encarnacion strained his right quad, a lot of fantasy owners are going to be left scrambling for someone to pick up.  With Prince Fielder already done for the year, and Joey Votto back on the DL, chances are your waiver wires are quite thin.

That is where I come in.  I will give you some names that will try to replace Encarnacion’s .277 average, 26 homers, and 70 RBI.  You won’t get anyone that can do that for free, but these guys are worth a flier over the next month.

The standard league pickup will feature players that are still available in 15-50 percent of ESPN leagues.  The moderate will be players between 50-90 percent owned.  The deep section will feature players that are less than 10 percent owned.

San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse (38) reacts after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Standard leagues:

Adam LindBlue Jays: He is still mostly a platoon guy, and the power hasn’t come around much yet, but he is hitting .328.  He should also see more time with Encarnacion out, and should get more RBI opportunities.  You could do worse!

Mike MorseGiants: Morse is hitting .272 with 14 homers and 46 RBI in about 100 less at bats than Encarnacion.  That is the closest to his production that you will get for nothing, and he is still available in 15 percent of leagues!

Moderate leagues:

C.J. CronAngels: The Halos had no plans to keep him around this long, but Cron has forced the issue with his .288 average and nine bombs in 153 at bats.  He provides good power with little risk, but he might not play every day.

Lucas DudaMets: His average has crawled up to a respectable .252, and he has 13 homers in 258 at bats.  He is about as good as you will find in the mid-tier options.

Deep leagues:

Adam DunnWhite Sox: If you need power, Dunn is usually still available.  He has raised his average into the .220’s, which is more than you can say for Chris Carter.   His platoon with Paul Konerko isn’t too much of a worry, and Dunn is still hitting for power.  If you can take the hit in average, he’s your man.

Robinson ChirinosRangers: Chirinos wasn’t supposed to hit for much power, yet he has nine homers in 175 at bats.  He is seeing a lot of playing time in Texas, and is hitting .251.  He is worth using as long as the Rangers keep doing so.


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Tags: Adam Dunn Edwin Encarnacion Joey Votto Mike Morse Prince Fielder

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