Winning a fantasy baseball league requires gaining an advantage at every possible opportunity. One area where managers can gain an edge is with the use of a league’s “disabled list.” These DL slots are intended to house injuries that occur on a fantasy team. However, picking up a player off free agency that is already injured and stashing him on the DL for his impending return is a viable strategy. It is particularly effective in head-to-head leagues, where having these players healthy during championship week is much more important than having them available during the spring. The following are the 10 best players that should be stashed for a 2016 impact.
10. Homer Bailey (SP, Cincinnati Reds)
Back in 2013, everything finally seemed to click for the former 7th overall pick during a massive post-hype breakout season. Bailey’s advanced metrics were always strong and trending toward greatness, but he got much stronger since entering the league and was throwing harder than ever. Bailey was finally able to live up to his pedigree with a 199 strikeout, 1.12 WHIP season. Unfortunately, injuries have held back the Cincinnati Red. Consecutive arm surgeries are difficult to overcome, but Bailey only recently turned 29 and has an opportunity to re-establish himself as a fantasy ace. It’s not long ago he was being drafted as a top-20 starting pitcher in fantasy leagues. Expected to return in June, Bailey could be a real secret weapon during the fantasy playoffs at the cost of a mere free agent addition. When Bailey returns there will be some buzz, so now is a good time to take advantage and stash him.