Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Junior Lake, Alex Wood, more

by Tim Heaney on July 25, 2013 @ 11:02:21 PDT

 

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Atlanta Braves SP Alex Wood
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SP Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves

Wood will start against the New York Mets today. The baby southpaw could remain in the rotation for some time, even if Brandon Beachy (elbow) returns in the coming weeks, following Tim Hudson's season-ending ankle fracture. His secondary pitches still need some cleaning, but any Bravos hurler with his foundation deserves a confident fantasy trial.

OF Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox

By hitting four taters and a .302 BA over his last 12 contests, Viciedo has nearly doubled his season total. He could be starting another upward streak. For as much natural power as he boasts, he hits way too many ground balls, so when he's off, he burns many worms.

A hidden indication that better things are ahead, though, is that only 5.6 percent of his fly balls have remained in the infield. You'll have to take the disappointing BA peripherals along with it, but the potential that he runs off the 11 homers needed to reach 20 would do wonders for your second-half efforts.

2B Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles

B-Rob has notched a pair of knocks in four of his last eight games, over which he's hitting .320 with five RBIs and three runs. He's stolen one base all season, probably because he's locked into the bottom of this order for the moment, and it's doubtful he'd hit atop the order unless they face a southpaw.

Think bigger: If he finds a groove at the dish and on the bases, he could become that elusive missing piece to fill in the complementary columns of runs and swipes. He's someone at least to monitor in the coming weeks, if not stash now before he injures himself again.

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