Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market

by Nicholas Minnix on April 6, 2011 @ 13:21:31 PDT

 


Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets are no longer of use. KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market series gives you tips on fantasy baseball players available as free agents, on waivers or for your FAAB dollars in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league. It's time to replace your fantasy baseball busts.

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)

 

Catchers

Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh Pirates

If Doumit (3-for-12 before Wednesday's game, in which he has an RBI double) is tearing it up when Chris Snyder (back) comes back, how can they sit the switch-hitting piece of trade bait? Injuries have taken their toll on him in the past couple of seasons, but he's a quality hitter who slugged .490 in a season and a half (2007 through 2008) prior to them.

Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit
Doumit hidden booty?

Few fantasy owners were willing to take a gamble on Doumit because of his medical chart and lack of a starting job, but that scenario offered a prime buy-low opportunity. At worst, he's waiver-wire material again in a couple of weeks. Just think about it, since virtually no one else is.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Juan Miranda, Arizona Diamondbacks

Miranda (3-for-8 to start the season) remains a power threat who may have trouble posting a respectable batting average. The difference is that Kirk Gibson decided to shed a little light on this sitch, finally, by stating that Miranda would get the majority of time at first over Russell Branyan early on.

If you were waiting for some clarity here, don't. Miranda, 28, knows how to take a walk and could shine in that ballpark. If the lefty swinger doesn't take the job and run with it, Arizona has alternatives, and you can ditch.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Lastings Milledge, Chicago White Sox

The former top prospect for the New York Mets who has flamed out with three major league organizations won a roster spot as a non-roster invitee. He stands to be one of the bigger beneficiaries while Adam Dunn (appendectomy) is sidelined for roughly a week or a so; Carlos Quentin will likely draw some starts in the DH hole more often than not.

At first glance, Milledge, 25, seems to offer little in terms of roto production. He once boasted moderate power upside combined with the products of his plus speed, though. He hit .305, with four homers and four steals (in six tries) in exhibition games. Perhaps sitting by the phone this offseason forced him to take a step back. The home ballpark and quality lineup lend to keeping him around as a reserve.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Casey Coleman, Chicago Cubs

The Cubbies will place Andrew Cashner (rotator cuff strain) and Randy Wells (forearm strain) on the DL. Coleman, 23, was solid but not spectacular in his debut last season (57 innings, 4.11 ERA, four wins). He offers little upside beyond the potential for W's and should be treated that way in the absence of the North Siders' rotation regulars.

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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