Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Bryce McRae on August 19, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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)

Catchers

Ivan Rodriguez, Texas Rangers

I-Rod is back where it all began. This time, though, he's there to provide some experience backing up Taylor Teagarden, for now. With the Rangers in the thick of the postseason race, we could see them throwing a few more at-bats Pudge's way because of his experience.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

NL-only: Hold

Third basemen

Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

The Royals optioned Gordon to Triple-A Omaha yesterday in an effort to help him regain his confidence, rebuild his swing and rediscover his joy for the game. He'll spend the next three weeks starting the majority of the games for Omaha before returning in September. His season has been a huge disappointment; he has a .198-3-11 line in 96 at-bats and has missed a big part of the season because of a hip injury.

Don't stay wed to the former top prospect, even though he should play regularly when he does return to the majors with rosters expanding next month. He's adjusting to a recent swing change, but his timing is off, and he hasn't looked comfortable defensively. Keep him in mind for later.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins

Liriano's DL placement because of arm fatigue should be the final straw for mixed league owners. The Twins will see how he feels in two weeks before deciding where to go next - AL owners should give him 'til then.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Stash

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hiroki Kuroda
Kuroda's status and head aren't clear

Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers

After taking a liner off the head last weekend, Kuroda (concussion) likely will hit the DL. Can anyone blame him? Manager Joe Torre says Kuroda seemed perfectly aware, though he is suffering from intermittent headaches and dizziness. His activities are going to be monitored on a day-to-day basis. Concussion symptoms can linger, so keep tabs on him at KFFL for news on his recovery.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

NL-only: Hold

Relief pitchers

Kevin Gregg, Chicago Cubs

Carlos Marmol has taken over the closing duties for the Cubs. Now, he might not be the safest option (52 walks in 56 1/3 innings), but he'll at least handle save situations for now. Gregg (4.47 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) loses any value with no save chances.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-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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