Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 31, 2010 @ 15:00:00 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)

Corner infielders

Jeff Larish, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics

Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland
Return trip to Holland

The Detroit Tigers never gave Larish a huge opportunity to test his skills in the bigs. It's not certain that the A's are doing so, but he has started five of the team's last seven games. In them, he's 7-for-18 with two round-trippers and six RBIs.

Larish slugged .488 in his minor league days, but he also whiffed in nearly one-quarter of his at-bats. He was a .265 hitter on the farm. Oakland may give him the at-bats until (if?) he slows down. They may also call up a few players when rosters expand, potentially pushing Larish off the lineup card more often. Working for him: The A's have been willing to toss him in at third, first and left field.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Derek Holland, SP, Texas Rangers

Back and forth, back and forth ... Holland is back up with the Rangers ... and now Rich Harden is banished to the bullpen ... and now Holland is back in the rotation.

There's no need to continue rehashing prose about Holland's ability. The lefty posted a sub-2.00 ERA in his broken-up time (11 starts total) with Triple-A Oklahoma this year. He has an 8.26 K/9 in the bigs but must reduce free passes, something that isn't a problem for him against lesser comp. Proceed with caution, smell upside.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-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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