Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on June 1, 2010 @ 14:00:00 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

Kelly Shoppach, Tampa Bay Rays

Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer
Scherzer can max out your pitching staff

The 30-year-old has started a rehab assignment and could push Dioner Navarro out the door. John Jaso is still the starter, but expect Shoppach to earn some PT. His power could come in handy for two-catcher setups, even being on the short end of a split.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Jayson Nix, IF, Chicago White Sox

Third baseman Mark Teahen (finger) hit the DL. The Sox recalled Brent Lillibridge. He'll probably see a bit of time at the hot corner, but he isn't useful in fantasy circles outside of a few stolen bases.

Nix, who's probably eligible at second base, third base and shortstop in most leagues, has a little more long-term potential in run production despite a harmful batting average. The 27-year-old hit 12 homers and recorded 32 RBIs in 255 at-bats last year.

This is an ugly situation to visit, but you should target Nix - the player with more lineup experience - if you need to pluck a replacement. 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers

The Tigs decided two rehab starts were enough to bring Scherzer up over the weekend; he struck out 14 Oakland Athletics in his Sunday return. The righty worked on altering his arm slot in the minors, and his velocity was 5 to 6 mph faster than it had been in his first month in Detroit.

The A's were a prime opponent for a return, and you can't ignore the fact he's in the AL and still doesn't have great efficiency. It'd be a huge oversight if you ignore his elite K upside.

Few pitchers on the waiver wire boast Scherzer's potential return. Go the extra mile if your pitching needs a spark.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Tommy Hunter, P, Texas Rangers

Derek Holland (shoulder) is headed to the DL, and Hunter is his likely rotation replacement. His upper-level GB/FB from the minors hasn't translated to the majors, so there's still risk, especially in Arlington.

Instituting a cutter helped him earn fantasy relevance last year, but despite sparkling control, he doesn't have enough dominance to warrant a strong bid.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Watch

Jesse Litsch, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Litsch (elbow) could come off the DL Friday and might enter the rotation soon after. Despite mixed results during his rehab, the organization has approved of his in-game performance.

They could still give the rotation spot to several other arms, but they might be more inclined to see if Litsch can repeat his success from 2007 and 2008. He's control-based and doesn't have much velocity, but the 25-year-old righty has posted a favorable groundball profile in his extended MLB seasons. 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Watch

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 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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