Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on July 27, 2010 @ 12:05:00 PDT


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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


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


Corner infielders

Danny Valencia, 3B, Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 2B Orlando Hudson
Valencia thanks Hudson (above), Morneau

and Nick Punto will hold down things at the keystone. That leaves Valencia, 25, to start at the hot corner most of the time.

Valencia moved through the ranks slowly, but he's a .298 hitter with a .469 slugging percentage in the minors. He profiles as a borderline everyday player in the majors, with 15-homer potential, but his BA is a question mark. He's up to .376 with nine RBIs, thanks to his past three starts (10-for-14, one home run, five RBIs), so you may want to give him a trial run.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire


Josh Tomlin, SP, Cleveland Indians

The 25-year-old's debut tonight against the New York Yankees provides Tomlin with the first chance to replace Aaron Laffey (shoulder fatigue). Carlos Carrasco was another option. Jeanmar Gomez made a successful spot start with a recent call-up, and David Huff is another future possibility.

Tomlin isn't a heralded prospect, but he has posted great numbers this season. In 20 games (17 starts, 107 1/3 frames), he's 8-4 with a 2.68 ERA. He has fanned 80 and walked 33. He picked up the K/9 quite a bit in July.

The Yanks sometimes struggle versus pitchers they have never faced, but it's not a green light to experiment. Cleveland has others waiting in the wings, so wait and see - but remember to see.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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