Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Evan Gattis, Chad Billingsley, more

by Tim Heaney on April 11, 2013 @ 12:30:00 PDT

 

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KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait? Are they worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

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Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley
Billingsley worth an addition

A two-homer, nine-RBI performance over his last two contests, including five Wednesday ribbies, will garner attention. The results were exaggerated (25.9 percent HR/FB), yet the 21 dingers Moss donged in 265 at-bats last year reflected his skills and high fly-ball rate. At least he's still hitting in the middle of a hot lineup. Plus, he squared up southpaws more soundly last year, proving he wasn't overwhelmingly lucky against them.

Unfortunately, despite its improvement last year, his craterous contact frequency and lofty .359 BABIP say last year's .291 clip was a fortune-fueled peak. How confident are you, with his already likely HR deflation, that he'll continue overcoming the O.co, aka death to left-handed thump? Shallow mixers should ride his streak and remain prepared for its fizzling; deep managers will have a (cautious) utility for him as a platoon play when he cools.

Barry Zito, SP, San Francisco Giants

Thanks to his cutter, which allows the soft tosser to work more confidently on the plate, the reinvention continues for the formerly highly criticized, still high-priced lefty, who'll turn 35 in May of this contract year. He's thrown 14 shutout innings over two starts with four walks and eight punchouts, continuing the precision he showed last September and postseason.

He won't K many hitters, but he's forcing duller contact thanks to his diverse, sharper arsenal. Though he's a safer play at AT&T Park, the importance of his matchup and location stands to decrease if he holds this form. He's effective enough to have a spot-start role on most fantasy squads, at minimum.

Evan Gattis, C/OF, Atlanta Braves

Gattis has smashed three homers in 23 at-bats and hit cleanup since Freddie Freeman (oblique) hit the DL. His power was the late bloomer's selling point in making the Bravos' roster, in conjunction with Brian McCann's ongoing recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.

Will Gattis or Gerald Laird become expendable once McCann returns? Maybe one of the extra outfielders will get the ax so Gattis can stick around as a backup corner fly-catcher. If Gattis consistently scrapes together two starts per week, that's enough to keep him relevant in two-catcher formats; a skilled part-timer sometimes trumps a mediocre starter.

Look for Billingsley, Gutierrez, Maybin

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