2013 Fantasy Baseball: Replacing Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun

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2013 Fantasy Baseball: Replacing Ryan Braun

Braun
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Unless you were in a bomb shelter all day yesterday and missed the news, 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the season after admitting to violating MLB's drug policy. If you were one of the unlucky fantasy owners who believed Braun when he lied to the country about his PED usage over a year ago and drafted him, you now have the daunting task of attempting to replace him. What’s even worse is that the fantasy playoffs are lurking just around the corner. Luckily, there is still time to make a late-season trade, or you can do what I love: look to free agency for a hidden gem who can give you some solid production. In fantasy baseball, it is always easy to find players for times just like these, assuming you play with players from both leagues.

To see which players could be a good replacement, let's first look at the numbers Braun put up: .298 AVG, nine HRs and 38 RBIs. The numbers are strikingly low for a former MVP, but he did miss 36 games due to injury. Now, you obviously won’t be getting any players that will give you the same numbers a healthy Braun would have, but if you can get someone who can put up numbers in the same ballpark, then you did a good job in free agency.

Here are five players who are owned in less than 50 percent of fantasy leagues who could give you similar production as the former MVP:

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Michael Brantley: OF, Cleveland Indians (Owned in 43 percent of leagues)

Brantley
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Brantley has been extremely solid for the Indians this year. He’s currently batting .277 with seven HRs and 52 RBIs. He’s also been able to flash some of his speed by stealing 10 bases.

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Marlon Byrd: OF, New York Mets (Owned in 42 percent of leagues)

Byrd
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Marlon Byrd has been the biggest surprise of the Mets' offense this season. He is currently leading the team with 17 HRs and 56 RBIs while hitting for a respectable .276 AVG.

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Gerardo Parra: OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (Owned in 43 percent of leagues)

Parra
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Parra got off to a blazing hot start to the season but has recently hit a gruesome slump (8-for-53 this month). Despite the decline, Parra still sports a .280 AVG with seven HRs and 27 RBIs, while also scoring 51 runs (second on team). Parra isn’t great at any one facet of the game, but is a very balanced player and could even get you a steal every now and then.

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Colby Rasmus: OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Owned in 35 percent of leagues)

Rasmus
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Rasmus has been a great source of power for the Blue Jays, and has clubbed 16 HRs while driving in 48 runs. His great power does come with a subpar average (.262), but when looking to free agency, you'll sacrifice the average for the power.

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Delmon Young: OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Owned in five percent of leagues)

Young
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The Phillies are currently very thin in outfield depth with the injury to Ben Revere. Young has been the player taking his place in the lineup and has been arguably the best hitter on the Phillies in that time. In the past month, Young is hitting .364 with 12 RBIs with only one homer. While the power outage is a bit of a concern, he is still a viable option. Being owned in only five percent of leagues, he will almost certainly be available.

Mike Block is a featured Fantasy Sports columnist for Rant Sports. Follow me on Twitter @Blockski12 and feel free to ask any questions you may have about fantasy.

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2013 Fantasy Baseball: Replacing Ryan Braun

Braun
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Unless you were in a bomb shelter all day yesterday and missed the news, 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the season after admitting to violating MLB's drug policy. If you were one of the unlucky fantasy owners who believed Braun when he lied to the country about his PED usage over a year ago and drafted him, you now have the daunting task of attempting to replace him. What’s even worse is that the fantasy playoffs are lurking just around the corner. Luckily, there is still time to make a late-season trade, or you can do what I love: look to free agency for a hidden gem who can give you some solid production. In fantasy baseball, it is always easy to find players for times just like these, assuming you play with players from both leagues.

To see which players could be a good replacement, let's first look at the numbers Braun put up: .298 AVG, nine HRs and 38 RBIs. The numbers are strikingly low for a former MVP, but he did miss 36 games due to injury. Now, you obviously won’t be getting any players that will give you the same numbers a healthy Braun would have, but if you can get someone who can put up numbers in the same ballpark, then you did a good job in free agency.

Here are five players who are owned in less than 50 percent of fantasy leagues who could give you similar production as the former MVP:

2 of 6

Michael Brantley: OF, Cleveland Indians (Owned in 43 percent of leagues)

Brantley
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Brantley has been extremely solid for the Indians this year. He’s currently batting .277 with seven HRs and 52 RBIs. He’s also been able to flash some of his speed by stealing 10 bases.

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Marlon Byrd: OF, New York Mets (Owned in 42 percent of leagues)

Byrd
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Marlon Byrd has been the biggest surprise of the Mets' offense this season. He is currently leading the team with 17 HRs and 56 RBIs while hitting for a respectable .276 AVG.

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Gerardo Parra: OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (Owned in 43 percent of leagues)

Parra
- Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Parra got off to a blazing hot start to the season but has recently hit a gruesome slump (8-for-53 this month). Despite the decline, Parra still sports a .280 AVG with seven HRs and 27 RBIs, while also scoring 51 runs (second on team). Parra isn’t great at any one facet of the game, but is a very balanced player and could even get you a steal every now and then.

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Colby Rasmus: OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Owned in 35 percent of leagues)

Rasmus
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Rasmus has been a great source of power for the Blue Jays, and has clubbed 16 HRs while driving in 48 runs. His great power does come with a subpar average (.262), but when looking to free agency, you'll sacrifice the average for the power.

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Delmon Young: OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Owned in five percent of leagues)

Young
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies are currently very thin in outfield depth with the injury to Ben Revere. Young has been the player taking his place in the lineup and has been arguably the best hitter on the Phillies in that time. In the past month, Young is hitting .364 with 12 RBIs with only one homer. While the power outage is a bit of a concern, he is still a viable option. Being owned in only five percent of leagues, he will almost certainly be available.

Mike Block is a featured Fantasy Sports columnist for Rant Sports. Follow me on Twitter @Blockski12 and feel free to ask any questions you may have about fantasy.


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