Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on May 11, 2010 @ 11:30:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which fantasy baseball players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Catchers

John Buck, Toronto Blue Jays

Minnesota Twins IF Alexi Casilla
Casilla may replace Hardy for a bit longer

Not a stable batting average producer, Buck is a near lock for double-digit homers and is hitting .412-3-6 on a five-game hit streak. He had peaks and valleys during fantasy relevance last season as well. Two-catcher leaguers should ride his power but beware that his shaky batting eye could push his performance off a cliff soon.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Juan Miranda, 1B, New York Yankees

The Yanks called up the 27-year-old as lefty bench depth; he might start Tuesday's game. Miranda combined for 31 homers in his last two seasons at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and went .260-5-15 in 96 at-bats there this year before his call-up.

The Quad-A commodity might see frequent at-bats as DH if he shows something, but even with Nick Johnson (wrist) on the DL, New York has numerous ways to handle the DH spot, including using one of their vets there. Still, offensively deprived squads could give him a trial spot if waiver wire options are barren.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Middle infielders

Alexi Casilla, 2B, Minnesota Twins

Shortstop J.J. Hardy (wrist) might be hitting the DL today. Casilla has been in the lineup the past four games and would be the likely beneficiary.

You won't find homers here, but he makes enough contact to provide a serviceable batting average and some runs; this potent lineup doesn't discriminate in terms of batting order.

Though the Twins might mix in Brendan Harris or Matt Tolbert, the switch-hitting Casilla provides more upside, especially if he can recapture his farm speed. Casilla might also be eligible at third base or shortstop in some formats.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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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 the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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