Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on May 20, 2009 @ 14:00:01 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

Fantasy baseball waivers and discarded fantasy baseball players can make or break a season. You may have adjusted your fantasy baseball cheat sheets over and over during spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, though, you will probably have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

When is it time to give up on your fantasy baseball sleepers? Which players are worth retaining? KFFL.com's Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)

Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues

Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)

Third basemen

Adrian Beltre, Seattle Mariners

A day off Monday, May 18, didn't help Beltre as he went 0-for-4 the following day (his third straight such effort). The typically steady third sacker's bat continues to drag (.205-2-15 in 156 at-bats); he isn't walking, and he's making weak contact. Probably the biggest detractor, though: He has tanked when he has fallen behind 0-1 in the count, which has happened in a career-high 61.8 percent of his at-bats. For his approach, aggressiveness works. This is something that can be fixed, so it's worth hanging on to him. You should be sitting him, though, until he shows a spark.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals

The magic has worn off for the soft tosser as Lohse has yielded 17 earned runs and eight walks in 14 1/3 May frames. Like seemingly the rest of the Cards staff, Lohse has had trouble with control, mainly falling behind in counts. He did work on two days' rest in his latest showing; this could be a slight reason to excuse the outing, but this could foul up his regimen. If his control falters, he doesn't have enough K ability to compensate.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Stash

NL-only: Hold

Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins

Elbow inflammation has landed Perkins on the 15-day DL. He was obliterated in his May 18 outing, giving up six runs in two-thirds of a frame. MRI results haven't come back yet, but fantasy owners already knew Perkins' fantasy stock was in critical condition after a hot start. His peripherals didn't match his success. If you were hanging on to see if he could regain some flash, you can let go now.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Hold

Relief pitchers

Kerry Wood, Cleveland Indians

Lacking movement on his arsenal, Wood blew his second straight save chance with a four-run fiasco Tuesday, May 19. The Tribe hasn't given him many chances, so his errors are magnified, especially in his stat line. Wood's K's are still there (near-career-best 12.46 per nine), and some outrageous peripherals (.391 BABIP, 63.2 strand rate) are due for a slight correction. Chopping Wood from your roster would be a mistake.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Justin Masterson, Boston Red Sox

The scheduled return of Daisuke Matsuzaka (shoulder) Friday, May 22, will bump Masterson from the Sox rotation. The erratic young righty had halted his sliding control in his last start. He still holds value in deep AL leagues, considering he can easily serve as a spot starter, but he needs to regain his early-season command to hold water in mixed.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

Chan Ho Park, Philadelphia Phillies

Park's main source of value was the chance for wins behind a Philly offense. He couldn't even manipulate that opportunity (7.08 ERA, 1.69 WHIP). J.A. Happ replaces Park in the five-man gang, meaning Park can be, well, parked.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-only: Stash

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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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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