Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Jonathan Villar swiping points, Indians pitchers ignored, more

by Tim Heaney on September 12, 2013 @ 12:02:11 PDT


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SPs Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham
Willingham fights with power

You might get some ERA and WHIP blowback from this pair, but if you're chasing strikeouts, you must consider them. Kluber's growth in that realm is for reals, yo; check his opponents' 10.6 swinging-strike percentage. He's back from the DL, too.

An August entry here, Salazar remains unclaimed in many formats. He's fallen short of five innings in three of his last five starts, which probably explains the hesitation. Many mixed-leaguers, however, have overlooked his 10.95 K/9, which is bloated but represents his skills.

If that's not enough, look at the Tribe's remaining series: the Chicago White Sox twice, plus the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.

OF Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins

Did his request to move from cleanup to sixth spark him? Willingham blasted a pair of homers Tuesday, the first time he cleared the fences in 22 games since Aug. 13. He had been hitting .151 since his early-August return from knee surgery.

Hammer's BA ability will always hinder his ceiling if he doesn't hit 30-ish homers, but OBP leaguers know he plays better in those games. For what little is left of the regular season, he has a chance to make up for his health- and slump-related shortcomings with the long ball. Why not grab someone who knows how to pelt a pelota?

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