Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on September 21, 2010 @ 11:50:00 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)

Pitchers

Michael Wuertz and Craig Breslow, RPs, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey
Paging Dr. Andrews

Andrew Bailey (elbow) is out indefinitely, so don't bank on a return for the final couple of weeks. Expect this righty (Wuertz) and lefty to handle any save opportunities for the A's for the rest of the season's final days.

Last night, Breslow nailed down a contest against the Chicago White Sox. The southpaw has better numbers (3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 66 K's in 68 2/3 innings) than Wuertz and can handle lefties or righties, judging from his splits. However, this season, he has been less efficient in save sitches.

Wuertz's 2010 numbers (4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 40 K's in 38 2/3 frames) are misleading since he began the season on the DL and had mechanics issues initially. As fantasy owners remember, he filled in adequately earlier this season while Bailey was sidelined and Breslow proved less reliable. Since June, Wuertz has a 2.92 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 29 K's in 24 2/3 stanzas.

Last night, Wuertz faced the more imposing portion of Chicago's lineup in the eighth inning. That's probably a better indicator of whom Bob Geren trusts in high-pressure circumstances while Bailey is out, but each can be a target.

Shallow mixed: Consider

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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