Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on September 7, 2010 @ 03:54:17 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

Danny Espinosa, 2B/SS, Washington Nationals

When an intriguing middle-infield prospect with 25-25 potential - a player we pointed out on Friday - gets off to this kind of start in the bigs (9-for-16, three homers, 10 RBIs), you have to react quickly. Few people are reacting at all. It's late in the year, and Espinosa won't hit this for another four weeks, but it's worth a spot somewhere to find out how much more damage he'll do.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Clay Hensley, RP, Florida Marlins

Manager Edwin Rodriguez has named Hensley his temporary closer. How soon will Leo Nunez get the job back? Well, that depends on Nunez.

Hensley has recorded a 2.54 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 9.47 K/9 in his 63 2/3 frames this season. He generates grounders on more than half of the batted balls against him, continuing a positive trend. Hensley has been effective for most of the season and, at the very least, shouldn't hurt you, whatever his role, unless he's mentally unprepared to save games for a non-playoff team.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Vicente Padilla, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers activated Padilla (neck) from the DL in time for him to start last night against the San Diego Padres. He didn't fare too well (three earned runs in four frames). But he struck out five, walked only one and threw only 56 pitches before taking a seat for a pinch hitter.

Padilla also did not fare well in his couple of starts prior to his DL placement. However, he has had a good season (6-5, 4.07 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) thanks to some spot-on control. He has also been a lot sharper at Dodger Stadium (1.61 ERA, 0.92 WHIP in six starts) than on the road. Keep that in mind down the stretch.

Shallow mixed: Watch

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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