Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 24, 2010 @ 15:00:00 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)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

Pitchers

Rich Harden, SP, Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers SP Rich Harden
Still Harden to handle

Here we go again. The Rangers brought Harden (shoulder) back from the disabled list for the 18th time this season. Same old story: plenty of potential here, plenty of risk. But we're not talking about a draft pick; we're talking about a free-agent pickup.

If you have some other player wasting space on your bench, it never hurts to stash Harden. Given his volatility, it's risky to spot him. Harden threw 6 2/3 no-hit innings, striking out six, against the Minnesota Twins last night. He walked five, but he gave you an idea of what he can do.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians

The Indians plan to call Carrasco up by September and throw him into the rotation. He's one of the club's most talented minor league pitchers. He's pretty inconsistent and hasn't experienced success in the majors (8.87 ERA in 22 1/3 innings). He isn't a priority in mixed leagues. However, Carrasco should be on fantasy radars, at least.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Consider

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Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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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