Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on September 14, 2010 @ 11:45:00 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


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)


Jeff Samardzija, P, Chicago Cubs

The Notre Dame football star filled in for Carlos Silva (elbow) in an emergency yesterday and shut down the playoff-seeking St. Louis Cardinals. The right-hander pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and four walks while fanning one.

So, here's the thing: Samardzija is talented, but he has yet to demonstrate consistency as a professional. He has a 5.43 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP in 71 1/3 innings in the majors. He has a 4.30 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in the minors. He also has an escalating K/9 on the farm and has been jerked around between starter and reliever for the past couple of seasons. Samardzija has added variety to his repertoire, something he flashed in just his third big league start.

Samardzija has plenty of work to do in the free pass department, but if the Cubs stick with him in this role, he could be solid. Monday's effort wasn't special, despite the shutout, but Chicago will probably let him finish the year in the rotation if Silva is sidelined. Expect bruises, but Samardjiza may put up an Irish Fight, too. Next year, he'll have no minor league options. He may once again be in a rush.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

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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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