Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Bryce McRae on June 19, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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? KFFL.com's Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

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)

Outfielders

Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies

The Phils placed Ibanez (groin) on the disabled list Thursday, June 18. His groin injury dates back to April, but only recently had it started affecting Ibanez's play. It was one reason why he missed his first start of the season Sunday, June 14. He had gone just 0-for-8 since missing that game.

There is no return date yet, and the Phillies are hopeful he'll be back after his required 15 days are up. However, they'll take it on a day-to-day basis during his rehab. He's 37, but he doesn't have a lengthy injury history and has kept himself in great shape, so there isn't a ton of reason to worry just yet.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

NL-only: Hold

Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers

Manager Jim Leyland is out of answers; he has benched Ordonez "indefinitely" after trying everything to get the slugger going. Ordonez might not even be given a chance to pinch hit, and there is no timetable for his return to the lineup. Detroit doesn't have much incentive to bring him back soon, either. Ordonez's contract becomes guaranteed for 2010 at $18 million if he starts 69 more games or makes 215 more plate appearances.

Ordonez has a decent .273 average this year, but that is well below his career .311 mark. He has just 22 RBIs in 216 at-bats this year. He is slugging only .343; 48 of his 59 hits have been singles. He has admitted he doesn't have any answers for his struggles and is pressing at the plate. At this point, getting away from the game might be what Ordonez needs to clear his head. Still, it's too much to hold onto the 35-year-old hitter unless you are desperate in the outfield.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.


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