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?
Most frequently added in leagues polled
SP Zack Wheeler, New York Mets
Word has spread quickly enough that Wheeler should be owned in more leagues than not by the time he makes his major league debut, on what's expected to be this coming Tuesday. If you're looking for the next big thing and the right-hander is still available in your space, go get him.
Don't judge Wheeler by his 4.14 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas (where major league equivalencies prove to be kind to pitchers). Don't second-guess because the Muts decided to have him make one more start on the farm following his lackluster 4 2/3 frames of eight-hit ball, with four runs allowed, last Friday.
There are a lot of similarities between Matt Harvey and Wheeler. This isn't to say that fantasy owners should expect a repeat of Harvey's 2012 debut stint (a 2.73 ERA and 10.62 K/9), but it's something to shoot for, and Wheeler may come close.
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Boston Red Sox
The switch-hitting backstop has provided the expected level of power production (eight home runs in 176 at-bats), but he's also batted .278, helping him to drive in runs in other ways. Already he has 28 RBIs, nearly half of his career-high total, set in 2012. In his last 10 contests (41 at-bats), the backstop has hit .366 with three bombs.
Alas, Salty has whiffed in approximately one-third of his plate appearances, which is par for his course, and his 63.1 percent rate of contact (PITCHf/x) would easily be the worst of his career; he's typically around 70 percent. When pitchers begin to throw him fewer strikes, Saltalamacchia is likelier to come up with hits, perhaps considerably, less often.
OF Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres
A modicum of good health is surprisingly beneficial to a player's statistical output. Quentin has batted .260 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in his 154 at-bats of 2013. This month, in 11 games (40 at-bats), he's hit .400 with a pair of dingers. Hey, it took the guy a bit to get into the swing of things, what with discomfort in his surgically repaired knee limiting him in March as well as the usual nagging ailments and a suspension slowing him in April.
You know what you're getting here: an acceptable batting average, at best, in the long run, plus the penchant for power. Quentin is a great depth piece in a deep mixed league, as long as he's healthy. He's a must-own in OBP formats (because of his great walk rate), too.
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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