Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Colby Rasmus powering up, Andrew Cashner ignored, more

by Nicholas Minnix on September 19, 2013 @ 12:16:26 PDT

 

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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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Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus
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OF Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays

Fantasy owners picked up on the fact that the Jays activated Rasmus (oblique strain) from the disabled list last week. How could they not? Hopefully they got in on the ground floor: He's homered in each of his four contests since his return to action. Rasmus has gone 6-for-15 with a quartet of round-trippers to begin a possible difference-making roll to close out the season.

SS/OF Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

Speaking of difference-makers, Hamilton received his first start, on Wednesday at the Houston Astros. He played in center field, went 3-for-4 at the dish and swiped four bases. He now has as many stolen bases (nine) as plate appearances. Will Dusty Baker continue to play him? The arrangement may be what makes Cincy most dangerous, but don't count on Baker to do it.

SP Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Remember him? The Reds had to forget about him for a while. He made his first start in nearly three months on Monday and helped to dispatch Houston with five shutout innings, with a walk and five strikeouts, for a W. Tony Cingrani's back problems give Cincy's skipper license to move the lefty to the bullpen and to see whether Cueto is finally ready to hold up.

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SP Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner
You should be Cashnering in

This has to be an oversight. Have fantasy owners really ignored the Padres' best pitcher for so long? He has a 3.21 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and ... 6.48 K/9. OK, so that's a little disappointing. Cashner hasn't generated strikeouts quite how fantasy owners expected. Seems like a good reason to avoid a hurler with pretty good numbers otherwise.

Well, not really. Ask Tim. Cashner didn't begin the season in the rotation, but he joined it a month into the campaign and posted a 3.81 ERA and 6.07 K/9 in the first half. That didn't tickle fantasy owners, so the righty dialed it up a notch: a 2.36 ERA and 7.08 K/9 post-break.

Cashner really kicked it into gear in the past five or six weeks. He's gone at least seven innings in each of his last six starts. He's posted exactly seven K's in five of them. He twirled a one-hit, complete-game shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Cashner gets the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park this weekend. He may get one more turn, at the San Francisco Giants, if the Friars don't freak out about his innings count. He receives extra rest between starts, so that shouldn't be a big deal.

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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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