For the next week or so we will examine players from every position who are returning after lengthy, if not season ending, injuries. We will examine players from both leagues, their current ADP, possible alternatives, and finally giving a green light to draft them. Today we look at two shortstops.
NL Rafael Furcal: ADP (144) the 9th SS off the board. Furcal has only played over 143 games 5 times in his 11 year career. Now that he is 33, he won't play winter ball this offseason as to allow his body to rest and get healthy for the 2011 season. Furcal was limited to 97 games in 2010 due to hamstring and back injuries, and he missed almost all of the 2008 season with a back injury that required surgery. Is the 33 year old breaking down completely? He is one of the oldest starting SS in the NL. The pros he brings to a fantasy team is his ability to get on base with a career .351 OBP, he will be the switching hitting leadoff man in LA, and continue to provide 100+ R with double digit steals. He also has no competition at the position since LA traded his back up Hu to the Mets. The cons are he is basically a 2 stat producer. He will contribute in R+SB with virtually no power. His days of legging out infield hits are dwindling. I see better alternatives in the draft with equal to better upside with a decade less stress on the body and a few rounds later in the draft. Look for Castro (163), Cabrera (183), and Desmond (195).