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
RP Danny Farquhar, Seattle Mariners
Lord Farquhar commands saves
For those who haven't taken a look at this 5-foot-9, 180-pound right-hander with a 5.09 ERA, listen up: That's about the only unattractive figure on Farquhar's resume this year. Interim skipper Robby Thompson said of his use of the en fuego reliever in save sitches, "We'll just try to ride it out as long as possible."
Multiple advanced metrics pin Farquhar's ERA at less than 3.00. He's made seven straight scoreless appearances (11 1/3 innings), with two hits and four walks allowed in that time. That stretch started because of some simple advice from the club's backstop. Farquar's 13.50 K/9 in 35 1/3 MLB frames? It doesn't hurt. This guy should be owned. It may get better.
1B Yonder Alonso, San Diego Padres
Alonso has slowly been on the rise: He has a .367 average, 10 RBIs and three stolen bases in his last 16 games. Unfortunately, the left-handed batter whose eligibility limits him to 1B, CI and UT spots hasn't provided anything beyond a pair of doubles for power output in that time. Alonso is a 15-team mixed-league asset, but his home run output is disappointing. There has to more upside available in shallower formats.
SP Ivan Nova, New York Yankees
Finally, folks are jumping on the bandwagon of the Bronx Bombers' second-best starting pitcher! (Hiroki Kuroda, not the burly, huggable left-hander at the front of the rotation, has been their best, of course.) Fantasy-wise, Nova may be the most intriguing for the rest of the season, given his 9.12 K/9.
SS Stephen Drew, Boston Red Sox
In his last nine contests, Drew has batted .406 and slugged .719, with nine RBIs, thanks in part to three home runs in that time. His bat has finally come to life; the same old stories -- nagging injuries -- prevented him from finding a groove earlier this year. If he avoids them for a couple of months more, he should be a solid mixed-league asset the rest of the way.
3B Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Remember when A-Rod was worth a reserve spot while he was on the DL? Ah, those were the days. ... News that he'll be in Pinstripes on Monday -- and for the rest of the season, because his appeal won't be heard until after it -- has sent folks to the wire of search of him.
Not in droves, mind you. Nevertheless, fantasy depth at the hot corner being what it is, it's understandable. Those who have room should consider him: He hit two round-trippers in his final nine at-bats of a rehab assignment. Those who grab him aren't proposing marriage. A-Rod may take awhile to re-adapt to the way big-league pitchers attack him, as he did after other more recent, lengthy absences.
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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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