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July 27, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: How to deal with life after Braun

The hammer came down on Ryan Braun this week, with the former NL MVP agreeing to a suspension which will see him miss the remainder of the season. Hopefully you were able to ditch Braun prior to the landmark plea deal he copped with Bud Selig and Co. If not, you’re probably left feeling like you’re holding the bag.

Anyway, if you still own Braun you’re likely looking for some way to replace him. You won’t be able to replace his production completely — after all, it’s not easy to replace Top 10 production. But, nonetheless a move will need to be made. Here are some suggestions.

1. Torii Hunter (80 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues)

More than likely, you’re going to have to trade for him. But, if he’s available on the wire jump right up and grab him.

Hunter is hitting .333 with 7 homers, 19 RBI and 21 runs in the last 30 days. He’s hitting in a loaded lineup, with premium run producers behind him — leading to plenty of opportunities for the former Twin and Angel to score.

His speed is not what it once was, but the production has remained fairly consistent across the board as he’s aged.

2. Ichiro Suzuki (55 percent owned)

Ichiro looked to be nearly done when he was traded to the Yankees midway through last season. But, he has rebounded some and still has some value in the right circumstances.

Power has never been his thing, and the batting average has taken a considerable hit from the lofty heights of his prime, but over the last month Ichiro is hitting .295 with 3 home runs, 11 RBI, 4 steals and 14 runs. The Yankees lineup is not what it has been in the past and he doesn’t run quite as much as he used to, but the total package is probably up there with just about anyone available on the wire.

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