Major League Baseball suspended Robinson Cano for 80 games on Tuesday due to violating its drug program. This is a shock to the baseball world as well as fantasy owners that invested early in the 8-time all-star. It will be difficult to restore the value that Cano brings to the table, but here are some notable mentions.
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Scooter Gennett – 2B – Cincinnati Reds
ESPN Ownership Percentage: 71%
Gennett is a force to be reckoned with during the month of May, as he’s slashing .400/.413/.822 to go along with 16 hits, 10 RBI, and four home runs in 13 games. Cincinnati’s second baseman is doing serious damage in the cleanup spot, showcased by his .363 batting average and 16 RBI. Play the hot hand with Gennett, as Cincinnati is starting to find its offensive groove.
Cesar Hernandez – 2B – Philadelphia Phillies
ESPN Ownership Percentage: 65%
The Phillies everyday second baseman is finding ways to contribute in every major category to begin the 2018 season. Ranked in the top ten for walks (29), runs (29) and stolen bases (7) in the National League, Hernandez is proving worthy atop of the Phillies lineup. Power is not an integral part of Hernandez’s profile, but his five homers are almost halfway to his career season total of nine. The second baseman is batting .267 after 39 games, which leaves something to be desired, but his career .283 mark illustrates that better times are ahead.
Starlin Castro – 2B – Miami Marlins
ESPN Ownership Percentage: 53%
Castro is currently batting .300 and is leading the Marlins with 48 hits and 25 runs. The veteran was on pace for a career season in 2017 with the Yankees before injuries limited him to 112 games. Castro does not offer much in the power department, but his average could pay dividends for fantasy owners. Miami’s poor offensive output could
Howie Kendrick – OF, 2B – Washington Nationals
ESPN Ownership Percentage: 33%
The 34-year old veteran is currently batting .302 to begin the season and is finding ample playing in a depleted Nationals lineup. Kendrick is making his presence known by generating 17 runs and 12 RBI in 39 games so far this season. He is also OF-eligible in ESPN leagues, which could be a boost for fantasy owners lacking roster depth.