Sheff on the Shelf: Who Can Fill in?

by Bryce McRae and Alex Resch on August 27, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT


The Detroit Tigers have placed designated hitter Gary Sheffield (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list.

With Sheffield out for at least the next 10 days, you will want to find a replacement for him.

One player to consider is Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler. In 64 games this season, Butler is hitting .295 with five home runs, 40 RBI and 26 runs. In 76 at-bats this month, Butler is hitting .276 with 10 RBI and 10 runs. He is available in about 92 percent of leagues polled.

Also, consider New York Yankees designated hitter Jason Giambi. In August, Giambi is hitting .289 with five home runs, six RBI and six runs over 38 at-bats. He is available in approximately 40 percent of leagues polled, but if he is there, he would be worth picking up.

For those in need of a replacement in the outfield, take a look at Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth. In August, he has batted .284 with seven home runs and six stolen bases. He has been a surprise performer recently, but he's starting in center for Pittsburgh and could provide some help in several categories if he continues on that pace. He is available in roughly 99 percent of leagues polled.

Stash Sheffield on the bench or disabled list until finding out more details on how long he will be out for. If your team does not allot for a disabled list and Sheffield discovers he will miss most of the remaining season, you may need to drop him in favor of a player who can contribute during the remainder of the season, which for some is the fantasy postseason.

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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