Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on September 20, 2010 @ 14:15:00 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)


Nate McLouth, OF, Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves OF Nate McLouth
Nate great again

Welcome back. McLouth did another stretch at Triple-A Gwinnett in August before the Braves recalled him for the stretch run. He's 11 for his last 33, with three home runs, 10 RBIs and two stolen bases. He struck out only twice in that span. He was robbed of two more homers on leaping catches by opponents.

The Braves could use more of that right now, especially since McLouth remains an outstanding defender. Bobby Cox says that his potentially reborn outfielder looks great at the plate right now. If he's on your league's pile, might as well rescue him to see what he can provide.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

John Bowker, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Bucs picked up Bowker from the San Francisco Giants at the beginning of the month. Good thing, since Lastings Milledge (oblique) may miss the rest of the season and Garrett Jones (shoulder) isn't far from being in the same boat.

Bowker has started in the club's last five (7-for-17, one homer, four RBIs) and seven of its last eight. He can fill in at first or in the outfield. He also has a little power, although he remains a batting average drag. Maybe the left-handed hitter can keep it going this week against a diet of mostly right-handers.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

Aaron Cunningham, OF, San Diego Padres

Tony Gwynn has provided little oomph for most of the season. Scott Hairston (shoulder) is ailing. Chris Denorfia has cooled off. Cunningham, therefore, has been playing regularly - and playing quite well.

The Friars are desperate for offense, so they'll stick with whoever can give it to them. Can Cunningham keep doing so? He's 9-for-29 with five runs scored and a theft in his last seven games, all starts. Cunningham doesn't provide much power or speed, but he has a decent BA profile and, for now, offers PT.

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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