Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 20, 2010 @ 16:00:00 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? 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)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

Middle infielders

Jed Lowrie, 2B/SS, Boston Red Sox

The BoSox had to place Dustin Pedroia right back on the disabled list. Pain from his not yet completely healed broken foot was worse today than it was on Thursday, when he sat out for the first time since his return.

New York Yankees OF Austin Kearns
Resurgence on bigger stage

The Red Sox won't let Pedroia rush back this time, so Lowrie has a few weeks of significant PT in front of him, at least. He has batted .304 with two homers and a steal in 56 at-bats, mostly while serving as the primary replacement for Pedroia, thus far. The 26-year-old should continue to hit in the two-hole at least occasionally.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Austin Kearns, OF, New York Yankees

The Bombers placed Lance Berkman (ankle) on the DL yesterday. The obvious beneficiary is Kearns, who has played in three of the club's last four games, which have all come since Berkman was injured on Sunday. Marcus Thames is the regular right-handed bat at DH. Although he has hit righties well this year, Joe Girardi has managed him carefully. Kearns is a better hitter against right-handers in his career.

Since Kearns joined the Pinstripes, he's 11-for-35 with a homer and five RBIs. He has been a surprise of sorts for, first, the Cleveland Indians and, now, perhaps, the Yanks too. He should earn enough at-bats per week to warrant a look in deep formats.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-only: Acquire

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Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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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