Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: John Axford, Charlie Blackmon

by Tim Heaney on August 22, 2012 @ 12:39:35 PDT

 


KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

John Axford, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford
Axford chopping at the bit again

The fluctuating back-end picture might have finally settled ... on its original chairman. He hasn't wowed of late (4.73 ERA in 15 games since losing his title), but Ron Roenicke was convinced by Axford's proactive request for reinstatement.

It's not cemented, but Ax's Tuesday save might push him in the right direction to hold the gig the rest of the way. Follow Axford's lead and get a jump if he's sitting out there. See more in today's Closer Hot Seat.

10-tm mixed: Acquire
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Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies

Recently streaking Eric Young Jr. hit the DL with a strained left ribcage muscle. Such injuries could easily linger and even hamper speedsters' swipe ability after they return.

Blackmon was brought up as depth for a doubleheader, but dominoes have fallen in his favor. The absences of Young and Michael Cuddyer (oblique), who's possibly done for the season, have forced Colorado to slide Tyler Colvin over to first base to make room for Blackmon in right. Our newly valuable outfielder might handle leadoff work for as long as Young is sidelined.

A fractured foot halted an erratic but productive 2011 MLB stint that showcased his profile. The 26-year-old isn't a contact maven, so his BA upside is capped, but he boasts an attractive batting eye ratio and significant stolen base potential, with a hint of pop residing in an ideal environment for long-term augmentation.

The moderately hyped 26-year-old simply needed PT. His across-the-board counting stats promise could aid and potentially jolt, lineups with deep outfield requirements.

10-tm mixed: Watch
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