Fantasy impact of Carlos Gomez injury 

September, 3, 2014

Carlos GomezMike McGinnis/Getty ImagesCarlos Gomez has had at least a .280 average, 80 runs scored, 20 HRs and 65 RBIs in each of the past two years, after never having done so before.
The Milwaukee Brewers and fantasy owners received tough news on the left wrist injury suffered by awesome outfielder Carlos Gomez, one that could keep him out of action the next two weeks, if not more. Fantasy owners wisely love Gomez, who entered Tuesday as the No. 10 option on the season Player Rater and seventh among all hitters with a .282 batting average, 21 home runs and 29 stolen bases. Gomez is eighth in the majors in stolen bases, and the top seven options have combined for 38 home runs. He has 21. Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is the only other player with as many as 20 home runs and 20 steals. While Gomez was hitting .219 over the past 30 days, which won't be missed, the six home runs and nine stolen bases will be.

For those needing every last bench spot in re-draft formats, yeah, if you need to drop Gomez, go for it. It's a wrist injury and there's little guarantee Gomez will hit upon return, or if he will return at all. Look around the league at other guys getting shut down left and right. Sure, the Brewers are a contender, but they might not be in a week. We could see Gomez pinch run, but since it's September and rosters have expanded there's no need for players to be placed on the disabled list, so don't look for the asterisk in our game. There are three-plus weeks remaining in the season. Those in their head-to-head playoffs, in which the season could end this weekend, also will be looking for every available edge. The truth is nobody knows when Gomez can play again, but the Brewers do have outfield depth and Gomez is a major part of their future, so I'm guessing no matter how many games the Brewers lose, he won't be rushed. Gerardo Parra handled center field Tuesday and he's a reasonable pickup in standard leagues. Parra homered Monday and stole a base last week and is on pace to reach double-digits in each.