Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 4, 2010 @ 11:30:00 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

Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano
Is Big Z worth the big risk?

Todd Helton, 1B, Colorado Rockies

The dismal 2010 season Helton (back) has endured is spoiling the memory of his renaissance 2009. But he's back - the Rockies activated him from the DL last night and started him at first, in the two-hole.

You can't count on Helton for RBIs anymore, but there is some hope that his .247 batting average (after his 1-for-3 night, with a walk and a run, Tuesday) will rebound. He can still be a factor in OBP leagues, too. If you need a corner in deep mixed leagues, lean past "Watch" and go acquire.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Paul Janish, SS, Cincinnati Reds

Janish is expected to play most of the time that Orlando Cabrera (oblique) is out. That period isn't yet determined, but it sounds like it could be awhile. Miguel Cairo could fill in occasionally, but Cincy would probably prefer to keep him in a utility role.

Janish has an interesting profile. His BB/K continues to improve relatively rapidly, and his frame suggests potential (modest) power development. He's hitting .269 with a .364 OBP and .403 slugging percentage in 78 plate appearances this year. Don't write him off, but wait and see.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire


Carlos Zambrano, P, Chicago Cubs

Big Z is a sore thumb in the Cubbies' youth movement. He'll return to the rotation - again - this Monday against the San Francisco Giants. He appears to be back in the good graces of his teammates, but fantasy owners will be skeptical until he contributes in a positive manner.

We have noted it before: Statistically, Zambrano isn't far off from being a fantasy contributor. His 8.49 K/9 sticks out, but his 5.71 ERA and 4.32 BB/9 are discouraging. The right-hander must demonstrate that he can rein in the emotions - and free passes - because other numbers offer hope of a correction. He performs better as a starter than as a reliever.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

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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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