Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on July 30, 2010 @ 12:46:00 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? 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

Wes Helms, 1B/3B, Florida Marlins

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez
The future is now

The Fish apparently plan to use this uninspiring fantasy commodity at the hot corner now that they've traded Jorge Cantu to the Texas Rangers. Helms is far removed from the days when he offered 20-homer potential in a full season. He's a .260 hitter who rarely runs.

Chris Coghlan (knee) will play here when - if? - he comes back. Emilio Bonifacio would appear to be a more exciting option. And Hector Luna may spell Helms. You get the picture.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Middle infielders

Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, San Diego Padres

The Friars swapped a minor leaguer to the Baltimore Orioles for this 36-year-old (for sure?). Tejada's power has dried up: He hit seven homers in 401 at-bats while he played half of his games at homer-friendly Camden Yards. What happens at cavernous PETCO Park? And he's no longer an everyday player.

His overall value goes down, but he should provide quality depth in single-league universes, especially given his eligibility.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Drew Storen, RP, Washington Nationals

The official approach: Storen, Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett will share closing duties, initially, now that Matt Capps is a member of the Minnesota Twins. Reality: It may start that way, but it won't end that way.

The Nats have discussed using Burnett, a lefty, in save situations before, but they don't show that card. Clippard has had a rough July and appeared headed for some leveling out anyway. Some still wonder if Storen is ready, but he is growing increasingly confident in his fastball and has a 2.64 ERA.

D.C. already put its most prized pitcher at the forefront. All it should take is one botched chance from Clippard one night, followed by a nail in the coffin from Storen on another, to announce a changing of the guard.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Dan Hudson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-backs traded one starter with high K output (Edwin Jackson) to the Chicago White Sox for another one who's cheaper, plus an additional arm. Hudson has issues similar to Jackson's - too many walks allowed, a tendency to yield round-trippers - but lacks experience.

Value Hudson in the same manner you did Jackson at this point of the season. The road could be a little bumpier the rest of the way, but Hudson's upside in NL games is worth a solid bid.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

John Lannan, SP, Washington Nationals

Lannan struggled mightily (5.76 ERA, 0.69 K/BB) in his 14 starts before a demotion. The Nats hope he has corrected matters, because they're inserting him in the rotation spot vacated by Stephen Strasburg (shoulder).

The southpaw had a 4.20 ERA in seven starts for Double-A Harrisburg. He issued only 10 walks in 40 2/3 innings, though, a huge improvement over his 2010 big league showing. D.C. wants to trade for Edwin Jackson, though, and Lannan is only wait-and-see material.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-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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