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Invisible to Invaluable

Omar Infante would be a very good replacement for most fantasy lineups.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Atlanta "utility" player Omar Infante has been an important element to the Braves' recent success and could be equally valuable to your fantasy team's championship dreams if you select him off the free agent list.

He's still available in about half of all leagues which is surprising considering how well he's played of late. In fact, only two players have been better than Infante over the past two weeks - Albert Pujols (ADP 1) and Josh Hamilton (ADP 57).

And the fact that Infante is likely eligible at 2B, SS, 3B and the outfield makes him even more valuable.

The Braves "do-everything" player is batting .350 for the year, but .411 over the past 14 days with 13 runs scored, three home runs, seven RBI and a couple of stolen bases.

He is still available in most leagues because he didn't have a starting position until injuries opened the door later in the season. Infante only got 33 at-bats in April which just solidified a fantasy owners' belief that he was a utility player with little value. But with injuries to second baseman Martin Prado and a season-ending injury to third baseman Chipper Jones, Infante has gotten the opportunity to play everyday and success has followed him.

With a solid season-long OPS of .838, Infante would be a very good replacement for most fantasy lineups at second base, shortstop or third base. Recent injuries to Dustin Pedroia (OPS .860), Alex Rodriguez (OPS .818), Ian Kinsler (OPS .805), Rafael Furcal (OPS .872) could be overcome, at least temporarily, by the addition of Infante to your lineup.

2010 Omar Infante Statistics - by month
Month AB R H HR RBI SB AVE OPS
April 33 4 9 0 3 2 0.273 0.678
May 63 11 20 1 6 0 0.317 0.756
June 62 7 19 0 10 1 0.306 0.682
July 63 8 27 1 8 0 0.429 0.947
August 96 16 36 4 8 3 0.375 0.979


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