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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RP LaTroy Hawkins, New York Mets
Terry Collins told the media that Hawkins, David Aardsma and Carlos Torres all remain options to close in the absence of Bobby Parnell (herniated disc in neck). The skipper also iterated that Hawkins, who has 91 career saves, doesn't care for the task in the ninth. TC indicated that he'd base his choice each night on the opponent's upcoming hitters.
Of course, Hawkins saved another contest on Saturday, giving him three of those 91 saves since Parnell went on the DL. He sure looks like the guy to fantasy owners. He's surely a safer bet than the well-traveled Aardsma.
SP Bruce Chen, Kansas City Royals
Get yourself a touch of Gray
Since KC plugged him into the rotation for Luis Mendoza, Chen has been lights-out: In five starts (31 2/3 frames), he's registered a 1.14 ERA, with 16 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts.
Of course, nothing about Chen's peripherals says "breakthrough campaign." It seems likely that the bill will come due sooner or later, so be prepared to put it on someone else's tab, at least in mixed leagues.
OF Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics
What a sad first four months of the season for this left-handed masher. Through July 31, Reddick had batted .214 with five home runs in 77 games. He'd displayed his customarily quality eye, but it'd been rough, otherwise.
Until Friday, when Reddick went yard in each of his first three ABs against the Toronto Blue Jays. He blasted two more bombs on Saturday. For good measure, he walked twice in each of the next two, suggesting that he won't be tempted to go outside the strike zone in order to keep the feelin' alive. It appears as if something has clicked for the man who belted 32 a season ago.
SP Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves
Since the Bravos added him to their rotation, Wood has been quality in three of four starts (23 1/3 innings) -- the first of them his only non-QS. The left-hander has a 3.09 ERA, with six walks and 22 punch-outs, displaying his tough-to-hit stuff in that stretch.
Paul Maholm (left wrist contusion) is nearing a return, at which point Atlanta may opt to demote Wood rather than Brandon Beachy, who has been quite good in his last two starts. Wood, a 2012 second-rounder, should make at least another couple of starts, but after that, it's unclear.
OF Ryan Ludwick, Cincinnati Reds
Cincy lost Ludwick because the outfielder suffered a separation and dislocation in his right shoulder on opening day, but, following surgery, he's back from the DL and on Monday returned to the starting lineup. The Reds have sorely lacked production from their left-field spot, so the 35-year-old should receive opportunities.
What will he do with them? Is his shoulder weakened? Ludwick went deep 26 times in 2012, so he could be a bit of a game-changer in the season's final quarter. Fantasy success is uncertain, but he's worth a chance in deep leagues.
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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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