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Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Adam Eaton heating up, Christian Yelich maturing, more

By Nicholas Minnix
Edited by Tim Heaney

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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OF Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton
Eaton alive off wire

Eaton needed time to regain the love fantasy owners bestowed upon him this past draft season, before he developed a sprain in the UCL of his left elbow. He's gone .270/.343/.382 in his 42 games played. In his last 20 (17 starts), however, is when the roto goods began to appear: .300/.356/.463, with both of his homers and all three of stolen bases. Hopefully, he's back to normal.

SP Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates

In his return from Tommy John surgery, this righty is demonstrating that his 2011 breakthrough was no mirage. Morton is 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 15 starts (90 innings). He'd have the best ground-ball rate in baseball (65.0 percent) if he qualified. His average fastball velocity is a career best. He's allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last six.

2B/OF Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners

It took fantasy owners awhile to realize this, but Ackley figured something out while he was on the farm earlier this season. The 2009 No. 2 overall draft choice has batted .297 in 49 games since he rejoined the M's in late June. He became a lineup regular a few weeks ago, and since, he's batted .370 with a pair of homers and a steal. PT is his for the rest of the season.

SP Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals

This lefty is also returning from TJS. Duffy has gone 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and a 9.45 K/9 in his four big-league starts (20 frames) of 2013. His last two have come as a regular member of the rotation. His control was a bit of a problem prior to surgery, which didn't fix that. Duffy should continue to generate strikeouts at an above-average rate, though.

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OF Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich
Brighter immediate future

They love them. They hate them. They love them again? Here's a hot young prospect who took a couple of weeks to adjust to major league pitching. Even then, Yelich wasn't producing in the core counting categories of home runs and stolen bases. Aren't those the kinds of things he's supposed to be able to do?

Yelich, 21, has batted .293 with four doubles, three home runs and four stolen bases in his last 25 games. That's more like it. He's also drawn 14 walks against 22 strikeouts in this span. September is off to a pretty good start for Yelich, and his indicators are starting to look an awful lot like those from his days of long ago, in the minors.

3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

The call-up of Arenado, 22, in late April generated plenty of fantasy fanfare, but he hasn't been much of a crowd pleaser. He batted .226 with four home runs through his first 30 games (29 starts). He had a sweet June (a .303 average and three dingers) but cooled off again for a few weeks.

The lauded third baseman has hit .329 with three round-trippers in his last 40 games, however. Arenado's August was littered with multi-hit affairs. He entered the season's final month with three hits in eight at-bats.

The right-handed hitter has performed better at home -- about 50 points, as far as his BA is concerned -- as fantasy owners would expect. Colorado has a potentially tough road trip coming up, but Arenado has provided subtle signs that his marks away from Coors Field are improving.


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