Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Nicholas Minnix on July 13, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

Fantasy baseball waivers and discarded fantasy baseball players can make or break a season. You may have adjusted your fantasy baseball cheat sheets over and over during spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, though, you will probably have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

When is it time to give up on your fantasy baseball sleepers? Which players are worth retaining?'s Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.


Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)

Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues

Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)


Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds

Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
A bad break for Bruce owners....
The high-upside yet (coming in) overvalued Bruce (wrist) sustained a fractured wrist Saturday. An MRI revealed no ligament or tendon damage in the join, but he'll be out for about six to eight weeks. The 18 homers he had slugged and his five-category potential made him tough to drop before this injury, despite a .207 average. Will the wrist injury have sapped his power for the final couple of weeks to a month? Those without DL space have a decision to make.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Stash

NL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves

Unless you're in a fantasy baseball league that is extremely shallow or encourages streaming of any starters other than the elite, you may have overreacted to the news that Hanson was demoted. The Braves sent him to Class A Myrtle Beach to receive regular work during the All-Star layoff; they also needed another bullpen arm before the break. He's lined up to be the fifth starter and toe the rubber next Monday. Tell us you're not discouraged by his five-inning, four-run, six-hit outing last week.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

NL-only: Hold

Brandon Morrow, Seattle Mariners

Where's Morrow's control?
The M's optioned Morrow to make room for third baseman Jack Hannahan, whom the club acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Seattle needs a fifth starter July 25, but there's no timetable for Morrow's return to the bigs. In 46 innings, a mix of them relieving and starting, Morrow walked 6.07 batters per nine frames. His walk rate (5.53) and ERA (4.55) as a starter are better, but the Mariners need to see more, particularly from his curve, per manager Don Wakamatsu. Just keep him in mind if rumors of a callup surface.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Hold

Sean West, Florida Marlins

Manager Fredi Gonzalez wants West, a 6-foot-8 pitching prodigy with control issues (4.58 free passes per nine) and whose idol is the Big Unit, to work on his changeup and curveball in the minors. The skipper labeled his southpaw young and unpolished. The Fish need a fifth man in the rotation again July 20. If West gets his act together quickly, he may not spend too much time on the farm, but the club won't rush him. He needs something else with which to work besides that low-90s fastball to dominate in the majors (4.75 K's per nine) the way he did at Double-A Jacksonville (10.55) this year.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-only: Stash

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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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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