Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on May 27, 2010 @ 12:00:00 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)

 

Corner infielders

Mark Kotsay, 1B/OF, Chicago White Sox

Texas Rangers OF David Murphy
Murphy could Cruz back into lineup

Kotsay has put together a solid May (.298-4-9 in 57 at-bats) with frequent playing time. It's time to start looking his way; manager Ozzie Guillen is turning to him as a lineup fixture.

Carlos Quentin has been in and out of the lineup with injuries and an ongoing slump. Andruw Jones is approaching earth despite a decent May. The Sox need offense, and Kotsay is providing it.

The vet boasts an 89.4 percent contact rate, is showing career-best plate patience (12.1 percent walk rate) and is hitting plenty of flyballs. A temporary boost doesn't hurt as long as you keep your ties loose.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

David Murphy, Texas Rangers

Looking for a depth outfielder? Nelson Cruz (hamstring) strained his left hamstring. Should Cruz hit the DL, Murphy would probably resume his fill-in role when Cruz suffered a strained righty hammy in late April; Murphy collected eight RBIs and scored seven runs in 57 at-bats.

He won't wow you, and Texas might mix in other options, but this proven part-timer can bring boring but stable power (17 in 432 at-bats last year) and some steals (nine in '09). That can go far for deep rosters.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

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 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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