The torn ACL suffered by Mariano Rivera on May 3 put a wrinkle in a lot of fantasy teams. It also helped open up the free agent pool more; forcing GM's who owned Rivera to look for replacements. An injury to Pablo Sandoval also forced GM's to make moves this week to help the corner infield portions of lineups. Who are the most added players of the week in Yahoo fantasy leagues?
The injury to Rivera has opened the door for Robertson or Soriano to take control of the ninth inning for the Yankees. Rivera is the greatest closer in the history of the sport and I would love to see him retire this season, so I can watch him and Chipper Jones get inducted to the Hall of Fame at the same time.
I said when the injury occurred that Robertson would be the best fit to replace the legend and fantasy GM's feel the same. He has been added in more than 60 thousand Yahoo leagues since last night and should be an immediate must-start option. Soriano has also been added in thousands of leagues, but his control has been too much of an issue this season to trust him as the closer.
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez has seen his average rise 54 points since the start of the week, going 7-for-15 with three home runs and seven RBIs. His hot streak has come at the most opportune time for Sandoval GM's looking to replace their third base option. Alvarez has never been a major fantasy threat, but may finally be showing his ability this season.
Jed Lowrie, Houston Astros
The former Boston Red Sox has had a nice start to his career as a National League player. He is hitting .329 through 18 games, hitting three home runs with nine RBIs. He has an OPS of .927 and is valuable because of his eligibility at shortstop and third base. He will be best used for those looking to boost their batting average and slugging percentage categories. He won't hit 20 home runs and he won't steal many bases, but he can be a great asset as long as he is getting on base.
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Hobson Lopes has been playing fantasy baseball for more than 10 years and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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