Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 23, 2010 @ 17:00:00 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)

Pitchers

Jeff Niemann, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays SP Wade Davis
More Rays in the sea

Niemann (shoulder) will return to the Rays' rotation on Wednesday. Many fantasy owners were quick to dump him upon his banishment to the DL for a whole two weeks. The right-hander is 10-3 with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 102 K's in 141 1/3 innings.

Niemann's indicators suggest that he's due for some correction. However, they have suggested this for quite some time. He was struggling with his command before he hit the DL, perhaps a sign of his shoulder wear. The former first-rounder coaxes ground balls and has a pretty strong defense.

Niemann faces the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday. He has been solid on the road, and the Halos have struggled of late, but you can always bench him if you prefer to play it safe.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Wade Davis, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Davis (shoulder) will start on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as well. It has been an up-and-down rookie year (9-9 record, 4.45 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 77 K's in 121 1/3 innings) for the right-hander.

Before his DL placement, Davis showed no serious signs that he was making inroads toward refinement of his command or his reduction of fly-ball allowance. However, what is clear is that he's still a talented pitcher. He may have been hitting a wall, so the time away should have done him some good. Keep him in mind or stash him, just in case.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-only: Acquire

Nick Blackburn, SP, Minnesota Twins

The Twins recalled Blackburn so that he can start today; on the roster he replaces Kevin Slowey (triceps), who's on the DL. Blackburn was abominable in 104 frames (7-7, 6.66 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 35 K's) before his demotion a month ago.

Blackburn would appear to have fared much better (1-0, 2.49 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 13 K's) in his four starts (21 2/3 innings) with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. He induced 2.27 ground-outs for every air-out, too. However, his K/BB of slightly greater than 2.00 still isn't inspiring.

Blackburn has had plenty of success on the farm. It's still far from certain that his stuff is MLB-caliber. Glen Perkins has been useless, too, so the immediate future depends on Slowey's health.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

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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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