Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 11, 2010 @ 12:00:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which fantasy baseball players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Catchers

Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies

A preseason sleeper, Ruiz is cashing in with another year of elite plate discipline and hard contact. Even with an unsustainable .415 BABIP, there was already enough growth potential for intrigue. His power hasn't swelled yet, but his blossoming bat and place in this lineup deserve more attention - including a spot in catcher-deprived shallows.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Chris Iannetta, Colorado Rockies

Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz
Too few choose Phils' Chooch

After being demoted after a slow start, Iannetta is tearing up Triple-A for Colorado Springs: .306-3-11 and 11 runs n 36 at-bats. Meanwhile, the streaky Miguel Olivo is slumping in the bigs. If the Rox were looking for a motivational ploy for the 27-year-old Iannetta, they might have nailed it.

Think ahead, especially in two-catcher setups. Iannetta has nothing left to prove at Triple-A besides getting back on track. If he plays Olivo out of a job - or even if he comes back in part-time duty - the offensive return he could provide for the rest of the season could separate you from the pack at the catcher spot.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Leake, who skipped the minors entirely, has dazzled in his first six MLB starts. Despite his risky .251 BABIP and a potentially lofty 75.9 percent strand rate, Leake's propensity for groundballs (56.0 percent so far) and diverse arsenal are countering his uninspiring velocity.

His dominance isn't breathtaking, and his peripherals could bite back, but he's showing a mature approach for a 22-year-old; more owners must try him out as one of the last pitchers on their roster. They should be more willing to try NL pitchers of this profile.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Jason Hammel, SP, Colorado Rockies

The righty will reclaim a rotation spot Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies; avoid him there. Long term, don't ignore Hammel (groin), who has steadily improved his command and keeps the ball on the ground. Start him off as a road matchup play and see if he grows further.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

John Ely, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Ely will be given a second chance to stick in the rotation with Charlie Haeger (heel) hitting the DL. Though Haeger might not be out for long, Ely could pitch his way into a frequent role given the shabby condition of LA's rotation.

His Tuesday start at the Arizona Diamondbacks is a risky proposition; though the D-backs whiff a lot, Chase Field isn't welcoming to pitchers. However, Ely, 24 next week, has shown intriguing dominance and groundball profiles. Currently, Ely lines up to face the Houston Astros either Monday or Tuesday; that's not a bad opportunity to try him.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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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 LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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