Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on July 15, 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? KFFL.com's Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

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)

Starting pitchers

Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers

Despite learning how to work through pitching on the harder dirt of MLB mounds, Kuroda hasn't quite found his rhythm since returning from a two-month DL trip and has posted an 8.18 ERA in three July appearances.

Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hang on to Kuroda

This number is telling a fib: A relief appearance in which he let up three runs in 1 1/3 frames this past Sunday may be scaring many into cutting him loose. This random outing raised his season ERA by 40 points.

Fantasy baseball players should know how liberal manager Joe Torre can be with his pitching staff; it was the last game before the break, so he was presumably giving Kuroda some extra work to help him figure things out.

Don't let Kuroda's poor 'pen outing cloud your judgment. He had hidden success in 37 1/3 June innings (4.10 ERA but a 33-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .229 opponents' clip). That's a decent month for someone who missed two months with an oblique injury. His command is still there, and he has a 58.2 percent strand rate that should veer more toward his 68.5 rate posted in his debut season.

You may want to be judicious with when you use him, but don't let him go if you need a backend starter. He's better than what's probably floating in the waiver wire abyss.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

NL-only: Hold

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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