Fantasy owners took a major hit this week if they have Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on their roster. The 24-year-old will be sidelined 4-6 weeks due to a fractured rib. It's a shame, as Correa was in the midst of a monster season. He is currently batting .295 with 11 home runs, 35 RBIs and 26 runs scored.
Correa is now officially injury prone, as this will be the third consecutive year in which he'll miss a chunk of the season. We will have to evaluate next March where Correa should be ranked as the injuries are becoming too much to ignore.
Seattle Mariners Outfielder Mallex Smith -- Dating back to his days with the Tampa Bay Rays, Smith has been a popular waiver-wire add throughout the season. He brings an attribute that not many in baseball do anymore: speed. However, due to his offensive struggles, it's hard to keep him on your team for the entire season, and he was even demoted to Triple-A Tacoma April 30.
But Smith returned to the big leagues in mid-May and is now red hot at the plate. The average is still hideous to look at -- it is hovering around .200 -- but he does have 13 stolen bases. We are quickly approaching the time when we need to target the categories we are weak in, and Smith will be elite in stolen bases. I don't know if he will keep hitting, but we need to ride the streak for as long as possible.
Toronto Blue Jays Infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. -- Gurriel is another player who was demoted due to early-season struggles only to return and play well. Gurriel has collected 10 hits in his last six games and now has a very respectable .270 batting average. He is also eligible at second base, shortstop and outfield so if you did lose Correa, Gurriel could be your replacement.
Washington Nationals Infielder Howie Kendrick -- Kendrick is having a monster season yet is owned in fewer than 40 percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues. The infielder is batting .328 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. He is eligible at first base, second base, third base and the outfield, which makes it even more insane that he is so owned by so few. I'll be transparent: I lost Correa and Kendrick was my replacement for him. Even though he isn't shortstop eligible, it's hard to pass up the production and position flexibility.
Los Angeles Angels Starting Pitcher Griffin Canning -- The rookie is putting together a strong start to his career, as he has allowed more than three runs just once and has at least five strikeouts in all six of his starts. For the season, the 23-year-old is pitching to a 3.06 ERA with 34 strikeouts. At just 37 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues, Canning is a strong back-of-the-rotation target.