Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 12, 2010 @ 13:00:00 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)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)



Jay Gibbons, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Manager Joe Torre basically said that he'd play whoever he believes is going to give him the best chance to win. In the Blue's past two games, Gibbons started, while the disappointing Matt Kemp rode the pine.

Houston Astros RP Brandon Lyon
Might steal a few saves

Gibbons, who last played in the majors in 2007, has taken a long road to get back. He's 4-for-9 with a homer and four RBIs since his call-up this past weekend. Just a handful of years ago, at least a few evaluators thought he might be a future batting champ.

But let's be realistic. Gibbons, 32, may have more left in the tank than folks realize, but he's unlikely to become a regular. Kemp isn't in danger of becoming a reserve any time soon, Torre noted. If Manny Ramirez (calf) ever returns, that only complicates matters further.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch


Brandon Lyon, RP, Houston Astros

The Astros handed Matt Lindstrom (back) a couple of days off, beginning yesterday, to clear his head and, especially, give his back some relief. His two recent blowups pointed to potential issues. Skipper Bradley Mills alluded to the possibility that they'll need to address the righty's back further, in a medical fashion. It doesn't sound serious, but back injuries are unpredictable.

Lyon is clearly next in line. That's even after his ERA jumped 77 points because he walked three, surrendered two runs and left three ducks on the pond so that Jeff Fulchino could serve up a salami meatball to the Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann yesterday. Lyon has two saves in three chances this year and has done the job before. How desperate are you?

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Consider

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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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