Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 8/6/12
Carlos Ruiz Welcome to the week 18 waiver wire. This is your fancy introduction. All statistics compiled prior to Monday’s games. Ownership percentages are in parenthesis. Many fantasy baseball owners took a hit this weekend when Phillies’ catcher Carlos Ruiz was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. “Chooch” will likely miss 4-to-6 weeks, or, the remainder of the head-to-head season. Here are a few backstops you can plug into your lineup to make up for his loss: Ryan Doumit | C | Minnesota Twins (48 percent owned in Y!) The Twins’ backstop should provide your fantasy team with steady – not overwhelming – production in four of the traditional five head-to-head categories the rest of the way. Doumit’s current .288 batting average may dip a bit – based on his current .322 average on balls in play, versus a career mark of .302 – but ZiPS projects him to finish the year with a more-than-serviceable .282 mark in addition to 15 homers and 70 runs batted in. Salvador Perez | C | Kansas ...
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