Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 30, 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)

Outfielders

Scott Podsednik, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Scott Podsednik
Pods taking over again

Now that Manny Ramirez is officially on the Chicago White Sox, Podsednik is essentially an everyday player again. This was exactly the reason that many hung on to him when Man-Ram returned from the DL. Is the .309 hitter with 35 steals available in your shallow league?

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Aaron Harang, SP, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds will activate Harang (back) so that he can start on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been out for about two months with back problems. His return has, at least temporarily, banished Edinson Volquez to the bullpen.

Harang has posted a respectable 2.68 K/BB, but it's part of a continued trend involving a slip in his K/9 and rise in his BB/9. The righty is 6-2 in 17 starts this year, but he has a 5.02 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.

Harang's indicators may suggest room for improvement, but he has become a pretty hittable pitcher. Solid outings will be mixed with not-so-good ones, and back spasms may pop up again. The likeliest area to get a return on an investment is W's.

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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