Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on July 28, 2010 @ 14:45:00 PDT

 


Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which fantasy baseball players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Corner infielders

Mike Hessman, 3B, New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown
A truly Domonic presence

With Ike Davis struggling and Jason Bay (concussion) in limbo, plus Rod Barajas (oblique) on the DL, Hessman has a roster spot and a path to at-bats. The 32-year-old is a minor league lifer - the active farm homer king - who can play a variety of positions.

Don't expect miracles or a feel-good story. Hessman could play in a few games a week. He won't lift your average, but he can jack it (13 dingers in 169 major league at-bats). If you're desperate - truly desperate - for this kind of production, like the Mets are, don't rule him out.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Outfielders

Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

The Phils called up one of the top prospects in baseball when they disabled Shane Victorino (oblique) today. Brown, 22, was hitting .327 with 20 homers, 68 RBIs and 17 thefts between two levels in the minors.

As KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Alert asserts, Brown isn't a lock for everyday PT. Victorino shouldn't be out for long. Given the big-time upside he presents, though, finding a fantasy spot for him shouldn't be difficult. You can always grab another borderline outfielder if Brown doesn't work out.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Jeff Francoeur, OF, New York Mets

Jason Bay has a mild concussion. The Mets hope that he'll avoid the disabled list. Let's be realistic. They came under fire for mishandling a situation like this (Ryan Church) before, and they have a lot of money tied up in Bay.

Frenchy is just a ride-him-while-he's-hot type, especially because of his poor BA profile and, this year, atrocious liner rate. He belted a three-run homer last night and is suddenly feeling good about staying in the Big Apple. He has a chance to play regularly for a bit, so consider getting the scoop.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Scott Olsen, SP, Washington Nationals

Olsen is set to return tomorrow after two months of dealing with shoulder stiffness and inflammation. He put together a couple of solid stretches earlier this season thanks to some rediscovered velocity and improved ground-ball production.

Olsen is about as far from stable as you can get in terms of health, but he can deliver solid pitching stats. Still, he's probably a wait-and-see case.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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