Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Nicholas Minnix on May 29, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

Fantasy baseball waivers and discarded fantasy baseball players can make or break a season. You may have adjusted your fantasy baseball cheat sheets over and over during spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, though, you will probably have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

When is it time to give up on your fantasy baseball sleepers? Which players are worth retaining?'s Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.


Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)

Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues

Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)

Starting pitchers

Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins

There were plenty of reasons to be concerned about this previously dazzling southpaw heading into 2009. Liriano acknowledges that his fastball (now around 91 or 92) still isn't where it was before he underwent Tommy John surgery (around 95 or 96) in November of 2006. He's relying on it more than he ever has, though. The Dominican still isn't accustomed to attacking with his evolving repertoire - that's a tough transition.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson has noticed that Liriano loses his delivery when he gets into trouble. When he does, his pitches are flat. He's giving up flyballs (and, thus home runs at a punishing rate). It's tough to give up on him, but you have to face the facts: This is not pre-injury Liriano, and it may never be. Patience can pay dividends, unless you're really desperate for immediate help and have no one else to cut.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Brett Myers, Philadelphia Phillies

Myers (hip) must go under the knife at one point or another. The question: Now, or later? He has fraying in his right hip: "I don't want to say it's worse [than second baseman Chase Utley's hip injury last year], but that's kind of what they told me." He'll try as best he can to pitch for the rest of the season with it.

Gold star for bravery, Brett, but your numbers (four wins, 4.66 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings) weren't a great aid to fantasy owners anyway. Seventeen homers allowed already? Pitching with this injury can't do any good, and the alternative is essentially season-ending surgery. Wait for definitive word if you like.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

NL-only: Hold

Relief pitchers

Chris Ray, Baltimore Orioles

Ray's first season back from ligament replacement surgery hasn't gone very well (15 1/3 innings, 9.39 ERA, 2.28 WHIP, 17 strikeouts). Control has been a major problem (as it can be for TJ patients). The O's have worked with Ray regularly on the side, but it's going nowhere. The club decided it was better to let him sort things out at Triple-A Norfolk. Considering the way George Sherrill has been pitching since making his own adjustments, there's no love lost here.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Stash

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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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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