Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on June 28, 2010 @ 02:30:00 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

Jason Varitek, C, Boston Red Sox

Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard
Bedard close to returning

Victor Martinez (thumb) is lined up to be examined Monday after he fractured the top of his left thumb. The squad is hoping a DL stint isn't forthcoming, but it's safe to bet they'll rest him more in the near future, at least.

It isn't like Varitek couldn't step in should extended time open up. The 38-year-old backup has been a streaky plug-in for those that start two catchers. His early hotness has cooled, but as long as you can tolerate his woeful BA possibly dropping even lower (lofty .291 BABIP), he offers some decent positional power and a useful Fenway Park matchup play.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Matt LaPorta, 1B/OF, Cleveland Indians

The Tribe shipped out Russell Branyan, making another LaPorta call, this time as their everyday first baseman. He used his time at Triple-A Columbus to sail waters to improvement: .362-5-16 with a 1.094 OPS in 69 at-bats.

Farm pitchers don't scare the potential 30-homer bat anymore. LaPorta's walk rate improved in the bigs despite some disappointing power indicators. The rebuilding Cleveland will let him try to translate his boom stick to the bigs; it showed up near the end of '09.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Eric Patterson, 2B/OF, Boston Red Sox

Patterson might be on the strong side of a platoon at second base to replace the fallen Dustin Pedroia (foot), who could miss up to six weeks. Utility man Bill Hall has decent matchup rental value against lefties, and Boston will probably keep looking for keystone help.

But the lefty-hitting, platoon-slanted Patterson has a chance to make some noise in stolen bases with a majority share. He stole six bags with the A's earlier this year and took 43 for Triple-A Sacramento last year.

Outside of swipes, though, his bat doesn't boast much potential outside of a possibly useful batting average. The Sox score runs, though, and maybe Patterson can add a decent increase in that department along with his thievery.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Erik Bedard, SP, Seattle Mariners

The lefty is on track to make his season debut July 6 at home against the Kansas City Royals. Bedard pitched four innings of one-run ball, walking none and fanning eight, in an Arizona Rookie League rehab start. His heat topped out at 93 mph, and he incorporated more changeups, hopefully to conserve his pitch counts; Bedard also reportedly has improved his velocity and curveball performance.

Many deep leaguers have been stashing him all season. Brittleness aside, Bedard has been a capable K artist with passable control for most of his career. Pitchers with his skills rarely surface on waiver wires at this point in the season. If you find him on your waiver wire, just remember he might be tough to pick up later if you fail to act now.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

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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