2013 Fantasy Baseball: New York Yankees Getting Value From Forgotten Stars
At this point in the fantasy baseball season we have all heard about the injuries to the New York Yankees. The team has been without SS Derek Jeter, 3B Alex Rodriguez, SP Michael Pineda, OF Curtis Granderson, 1B Mark Texeira, and GM Brian Cashman for some of time now.
The team even lost OF Nick Swisher to the Cleveland Indians, so fantasy owners were ready to see box scores with some unfamiliar names.
However, the team has received some shocking performances this season from a group of forgotten fantasy stars. 3B Kevin Youkilis started the year at third for the injured A-Rod, and Youk has quickly shown he can be a worthy fantasy option at the hot corner. The 34-year-old may not be in his prime anymore, but he can at least put the bat on the ball on a consistent basis.
The team is also getting solid performances out of some of their other aging stars. New York brought in veteran DH Travis Hafner to give the team some more power and he has not disappointed. The 35-year-old is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and already has two homers with six RBIs on the year.
Additionally, OF Vernon Wells was a late addition via trade with the Los Angeles Angels, but he has quickly made an impact. The 34-year-old has eight hits, two homers, and two doubles in the last five games alone.
The Yanks may have a lineup that would look better in a retired players softball game, but these veterans are still putting up reliable numbers on a daily basis. Consider all three of them mid-level fantasy starters in deeper leagues from here on out.