Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on May 14, 2010 @ 12:30:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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

Max Ramirez, C, Texas Rangers

Boston Red Sox OF Mike Cameron
Cameron to rejoin Boston's tough lineup

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is channeling his inner Rube Baker while having trouble throwing to the mound in Triple-A Oklahoma City; his defensive woes could keep him down for a while. Taylor Teagarden is at Double-A Frisco.

Offense has always been Ramirez's biggest selling point; he drove in 43 runs in 274 Triple-A at-bats last season despite struggles in other categories. In a brief sample, Ramirez is performing well - at the dish and with the pitchers - in a split with Matt Treanor. With more bigs experience, Ramirez could also flash his formerly stellar batting eye and offer well-rounded production.

Famished two-catcher owners must give him a look. Any sense of stability means he could stick for a while, even if Salty or Teagarden returns.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Mike Cameron, OF, Boston Red Sox

The 37-year-old could be activated from the DL Monday. Cameron (abdominal) doesn't have much speed and would be a boon if he stole 10 bases, but he's a steady source of 20 homers in a full season as a deep outfield or utility option.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Casper Wells, OF, Detroit Tigers

The Tigers will reportedly call up the 25-year-old, who can play each outfield spot, and probably give him some at-bats against lefties, at least.

Wells' prospect stock has fallen recently, and he had been struggling at Triple-A Toledo. He'll struggle to put up a respectable batting average but has decent power (32 homers at Double-A Erie the last two years, five in 118 at-bats for Toledo).

If you're thirsty for potential PT, he's worth a trial, as long as you don't give up a significant commodity for him. Detroit has ample outfield options, and Carlos Guillen (hamstring) should work his way back in the next few weeks. With Detroit's likely need for a starter on Sunday, Wells' MLB stint might be short.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Ben Sheets, SP, Oakland Athletics

Sheets is talented, duh, but two recent blowups cloud otherwise steady production. A cut fastball he was experimenting with during one of those gaffes has led to a turnaround in his last two outings, with 16 K's and six walks in games against the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers.

With a fourth pitch in tow, Sheets can recover more dominance, build on increasing groundball prowess and work toward correcting a 68.7 percent strand rate. Look past his season ERA and WHIP; buy a potential stud.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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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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