A couple of top-five 2014 fantasy baseball draft picks got hurt over the weekend.
McCutchen is batting .311 with 17 home runs and 17 stolen bases.
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By John Halpin
Remember March, when Andrew McCutchen and Paul Goldschmidt were fantasy's consensus third and fourth overall picks, and we looked forward to great seasons from both of them? Well, their owners had a rough weekend.
Let's start with Goldschmidt, who broke his left hand Saturday on a HBP and is almost certainly done for the season. Of the widely available fantasy first basemen, you might want to take a shot at Mark Reynolds (owned in just 10.9 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) for his power and gamble that his bad BA won't hurt too much. Every league is different, so send me a tweet (@jhalpin37) if you have a question.
McCutchen's situation doesn't appear as dire, but his status is up in the air. He left Sunday's game with "left side discomfort," and will be re-evaluated today. The fear is an oblique injury, which can come with a lenghty (four weeks?) recovery time. We should know more today, but I'd lean toward keeping McCutchen on my bench in a weekly league if I had that option.
Stud:Giants OF Hunter Pence had three hits - including two home runs - three runs scored and four RBI.
Stud:Danny Santana had five hits, four RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in the Twins' rout of the White Sox. Santana played center field, but still carries fantasy eligibility at shortstop. He's owned in just 23.4 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.
Dud: Neftali Felizblew his first save for the Rangers. More importantly, Feliz has five strikeouts and five walks in 14 1/3 innings since being promoted from Triple A in early July. Feliz figures to get a long leash as the Rangers' closer, but he won't succeed if he pitches like this. Unfortunately, the Rangers' alternatives aren't great. Shawn Tolleson is the longshot speculative fantasy option.
The Twins claimed OFJordan Schaferoff waivers from the Braves, and plan to use him in a part-time role. Schafer has 15 stolen bases this season, and could offer some cheap AL-only speed. In other Twins' news, SP prospect Trevor Maymight get called up as soon as next weekend.
Jon Niesewas OK on Friday, Vance Worleywas equally adequate on Saturday, and Bartolo Colongot knocked around on Sunday; we're 65-46 for the season. Today's pick is Brandon McCarthy (18.1 percent owned) versus the Tigers, and Tuesday's selection is new Ray Drew Smyly (15.1 percent owned) at Oakland.