The Texas Rangers were so confident in the everyday fantasy baseball potential of 2B Jurickson Profar that the team traded their former starting option, Ian Knisler, this off-season. Profar was expected to walk into the starting lineup and became a rather popular fantasy option in the process.
Unfortunately, Profar has been dealing with shoulder tendonitis all off-season. He hasn’t played the field very much this spring, but he suffered another devastating injury this past week. In a recent spring game, Profar was trying to turn a double-play with Adrian Beltre and the second baseman ended up tearing a different muscle in his throwing shoulder. The youngster will now have to miss the next 10-12 weeks due to the injury and it has all but ruined his 2014 fantasy value.
Profar posted a meager .234 batting average last season and didn’t look like anything special. He hit just seven homers in 94 games, and didn’t show much speed by stealing just two bases. It was an all-around disastrous fantasy campaign, and with the recent news of his shoulder injury, Profar has become an afterthought this fantasy season.
Profar is no longer worth stashing away in smaller leagues and his overall value in one-and-done leagues has almost disappeared. If you have the youngster holding a spot hostage, look for a veteran to take his place, because there are better options out there.