Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on June 26, 2009 @ 12:00:00 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)

Third basemen

Adrian Beltre, Seattle Mariners

Beltre has had a down year (.264-5-30 in 284 at-bats), and it may become rougher later on this season. It's likely he'll need surgery to correct bone spurs in his left shoulder, which also cut short his 2008 season. They haven't decided if and when the procedure would take place.

Signs of hope have crept in during June (.346-2-9 in 81 at-bats), but it's hard to think home runs will come around if he has an impending shoulder procedure. He has already shown ample discomfort at the plate this year, especially given his trouble providing lift to his flyballs. Even with his upswing, make sure you have insurance and prepare to cut bait as soon as the M's make a move regarding this procedure.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Josh Outman, Oakland Athletics

The southpaw hit the DL Wednesday, and the timetable for his return hasn't been determined. Outman (elbow) told reporters pain isn't a factor, and he claims the last time he had an arm problem was when he sprained his left ulnar collateral ligament in high school. They think they caught the injury early.

The current stint is retroactive to June 20, meaning he could come back sometime after the July 4 holiday. Outman had slipped in his four June starts (4.43 ERA in 20 1/3 frames) following a dominant 2.45 ERA in 36 2/3 May innings, but he pumped out a run of quality starts even before his last two June outings.

You can probably get away with ditching him if needed. If Outman was sent to your waiver wire, he warrants a look once he comes back, but there's no need to chase him if you have nothing to drop.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

Relief pitchers

Matt Lindstrom, Florida Marlins

It will be no less than six weeks before Lindstrom (elbow) can make save chances interesting again. The Fish are installing Leo Nunez (ankle) and, due to Nunez's day-to-day status, a backing committee to replace him.

Lindstrom was able to throw his heat at normal effort, but he had trouble implementing his off-speed stuff. He admitted his arm has bothered him for about three weeks and that he underwent treatment while playing through it.

He wasn't lighting things up, but a rested arm would presumably allow him to trust his other pitches, meaning opponents eventually won't be sitting on his fastball as often. Florida has already stuck by him through his hardships; it's hard to think that upon his activation they wouldn't reinstitute his reign unless he shows little to no improvement on his breaking offerings. His leash may be shorter after he's back, but it's worth the wait to find out.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

NL-only: Hold

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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