Owners need options after learning Sabathia and Lewis were placed on the DL.
By Ryan FowlerFoxSports
Update 6-27:C.C. Sabathia was placed the on disabled list Wednesday morning with a strained groin and is expected to miss two starts. Don't count on him until after the All-Star break. The fantasy replacement options for Colby Lewis below also apply to Sabathia.
At least this injury didn't include the names Tommy, John, James and/or Andrews.
This afternoon, Colby Lewis became the latest fantasy starting pitcher to hit the 15-day disabled list. Forearm tendonitis placed the Rangers' No. 1 pitcher on the shelf for the immediate future. Despite losing most of the headlines to Yu Darvish and Josh Hamilton, Lewis (owned in 89 percent of all FOXSports.com fantasy baseball leagues) has put together a strong first-half resume. He has six wins and 10 quality starts with a 3.51 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. What's most impressive is his K:BB ratio of 90:12 - tops in MLB.
My six-pack of fantasy baseball pitching replacements for Lewis are:
Francisco Liriano (24.2 percent owned)
2 wins / 40 K / 2.41 ERA / 0.91 WHIP (last 30 days)
Matt Moore (57.4 percent owned)
3 wins / 37 K / 2.61 ERA / 1.06 WHIP (last 30 days)
Justin Masterson (63.1 percent owned)
2 wins / 35 K / 2.83 ERA / 0/97 WHIP (last 30 days)
Jonathon Niese (26.0 percent owned)
2 wins / 35 K / 2.48 ERA / 1.10 WHIP (last 30 days)
Michael Fiers (1.1 percent owned)
2 wins / 31 K / 2.70 ERA / 1.11 WHIP (last 30 days)
A.J. Burnett (50.8 percent owned)
5 wins / 23 K / 1.97 ERA / 1.09 WHIP (last 30 days)