Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on June 30, 2010 @ 11:30:00 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)

 

Corner infielders

Greg Dobbs, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

Colorado Rockies IF Clint Barmes
Need MI help?

Philly recalled their longtime bench bat when Placido Polanco (elbow) hit the DL. The lefty Dobbs could see most of the hot corner duty; he has touched a .300 average in part-time work, and he has some pop to him, especially since he still hits ample flies.

If Polanco is out for a long stretch, however, the Phils might look elsewhere for help. Dobbs should only be considered temporary help, if you're that desperate for it in roto.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Middle infielders

Clint Barmes, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies

Did you lose Troy Tulowitzki (wrist), Dustin Pedroia (foot) or Chase Utley (thumb)? Consider Barmes, who's hitting .303 in June and riding a seven-game hit streak (11-for-27, two homers, seven RBIs). Maybe he's fighting off Eric Young Jr., after all.

The streaky Barmes hit 23 homers last season and keeps the ball elevated. That .290 clip from '08 is practically a confirmed anomaly, but Barmes' pop from two middle infield spots - along with double-digit steals potential - could come in handy for those losing the aforementioned MI studs.

He won't save your team, but he could bide time efficiently, especially since the Rox start a 10-game homestand Thursday. The vet has a much better career batting average at Coors Field.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Wilson Valdez, IF, Philadelphia Phillies

Valdez, who held down the fort twice in place of Jimmy Rollins this year, might get another chance to do so with Chase Utley (thumb) out, though Juan Castro and Brian Bocock could steal time. Valdez has been trusted as a long-term fill-in already, though, so he probably has better odds.

Besides playing time, maybe you'll extract a few steals from Valdez (40 combined in Triple-A in '06 and '07 but not much in the bigs). Excitement? Not really.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Travis Wood, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Sam LeCure wasn't rotation therapy. Hopefully Wood, who'll make his big league debut Thursday at the Chicago Cubs, supports the Reds' back end in his big league debut. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound lefty competed for the No. 5 spot out of camp and has dazzled at Triple-A Louisville (3.12 ERA, 97 K's and 23 walks in 98 frames).

He doesn't have much velocity and relies on control, which could hurt his fantasy effectiveness, but his success with a cutter in recent seasons might translate his dominance to at least moderate levels in the bigs. There's a job open, at least, but it might be best to leave him for after he faces the southpaw-mashing Cubbies (despite their at-home mediocrity). 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Blake Hawksworth, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

After a successful turn Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, the righty will take the starter's mound Thursday at home versus the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cards are looking for rotation stability.

They might still trade for an arm, but Hawksworth has the grounder-inducing ability to fit in with the rotation, at least temporarily. His lack of dominance and control, however, mean you should see if he develops into anything permanent before considering a pickup. After all, it was the Royals, and the Brew Crew is one of the top road teams in the league.

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 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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