Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Bryce McRae on June 22, 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

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox

Matsuzaka (shoulder) is off to Fort Myers, Fla., to begin rehab after his second DL placement of the season Sunday. Manager Terry Francona said Dice-K's time on the DL won't be a two-week stint. He'll need to strengthen his arm before the Red Sox even consider bringing him back. Part of his problem may stem from his participation in the World Baseball Classic; by throwing too much too soon, Dice-K wasn't able to properly strengthen his shoulder in the spring.

He isn't dealing with anything serious, though, just strength problems. There likely won't be any nasty surgeries that could keep him out indefinitely. Stash him if you have the room; he's the kind you drop if your DL is already swamped. Keep tuned to MLB Hot off the Wire, too, for any updates on his condition.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

Relief pitchers

C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers

With closer Frank Francisco (shoulder) back from the DL, Wilson will give up the closer reins, eventually. The Rangers plan to give Francisco a few appearances in non-pressure situations before he is back working the ninth. He made one Saturday, so you might squeeze only a couple more saves from Wilson. After Francisco returns to his full role, consider hanging on to Wilson, especially as a handcuff to Francisco, whose health hasn't been nearly as steady as his performance.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Manny Corpas, Colorado Rockies

Elbow inflammation has sidelined Corpas (elbow) for now. The righty went on the DL Saturday after an MRI Friday turned up a floating bone chip in his right elbow. He received a cortisone shot, and he is aiming to play catch after resting for a couple of days. The Rockies plan to wait on any surgery, but manager Jim Tracy isn't ruling it out. He had been pitching better in June (3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 11 K/9) and likely would be the closer, if healthy, should Huston Street be traded.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

NL-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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