Fantasy sports: Injured but not irrelevant

Chase Utley is the kind of rare talent that is worth stashing for the long haul.

The “DL stash” is a timeless art form that is often butchered. When used properly, injured folks can provide a big boost when it’s needed most. In the hands of the wrong owner, it’s a waste.

Who is worth stashing on your disabled list depends on a handful of factors: The quality of the player, how long he’ll be out and how effective he projects to be upon return. Here are some guys to own:

Chase the upside

No one knows if we will get the real Chase Utley (knee) once he returns. But the mere chance that he could be 75 percent of his old self is worth the wait. At the thin second base spot, Utley has difference-making upside. The same can be said for Johan Santana. It’s an exceptional case.

Closers on the shelf

Guaranteed saves are always something worth stashing. Even guys like David Aardsma and Frank Francisco — and of course names such as young stud Andrew Bailey and veteran Brad Lidge. 

Stay at Bay

Sluggers with short-term injuries like Jason Bay can be a boost. Bay went 4-of-4 with two homers in the minors on Tuesday and looks ready for everyday action.

Top MLB pickups

Ty Wigginton, 3B, Rockies
With Ian Stewart demoted to the minors, the powerful Wigginton is going to get everyday at-bats.  

Jerry Sands, OF/1B, Dodgers
The 23-year-old has put James Loney on notice with his powerful bat. Talk about coming out of nowhere.

Cody Ross, OF, Giants
Now that prospect Brandon Belt has been sent down, Ross is going to play a ton in the outfield.


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