Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Bryce McRae on August 14, 2009 @ 01:01:03 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)

Third basemen

Adrian Beltre, Seattle Mariners


Beltre (testicle) hit the DL with a contusion to his right testicle and could be facing season-ending surgery. He was able to finish Wednesday night's game despite some tearing and bleeding. The big question we have: Where was his cup?

If he avoids surgery, he could return in two weeks. If not, he'll likely be out a month and his season possibly could be over. It's a shame because Beltre is hitting .390 with eight runs in 41 at-bats since the All-Star break. Wait until the verdict on a possible surgery - if he goes under, drop him.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays

With little left to play for in 2009, the Blue Jays could shut down Cecil (knee) and southpaw Marc Rzepczynski once rosters expand in September. The former is already sidelined by a knee injury that will keep him out until at least Thursday, Aug. 20; even if he returns, it might not be for a long run. AL owners should hang on to Cecil until Toronto firms up their plans for him. If they do shut him down, though, follow mixed owners in dropping the 23-year-old.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Stash

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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