Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on June 3, 2010 @ 03:45:04 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


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


Corner infielders

Danny Valencia, 3B, Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 2B Orlando Hudson
Could O-Hud injury keep Valencia up?

The Twins called up the 25-year-old from Triple-A Rochester. After struggling to a .256-0-8 April, the righty rebounded with a torrid .330-0-16 May. His stay might be short-lived; Michael Cuddyer is on the bereavement list, and the Twinkies are facing a bunch of left-handers. Valencia is "going to come up and play," though, per skipper Ron Gardenhire.

Valencia has tools but is somewhat raw. Though he hasn't homered yet on the farm this year, he has some natural power. He needs to work on his strike zone recognition.

But what if the light goes on for him this weekend? Maybe the Twins keep him up and start moving away from the Brendan Harris-Nick Punto pair. Minny could even slide one of those two over if they need to replace keystoner Orlando Hudson or shortstop J.J. Hardy, both battling wrist issues. Keep Valencia close at hand if your waiver wire is boring.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire


Coco Crisp, Oakland Athletics

A rib cage injury sent Crisp to the DL May 26; he's eligible to come off it Tuesday. If his rehab outing goes OK, he probably will at that point. Don't ignore his steals potential, even if he has delayed his impact this season.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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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.

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