Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on May 26, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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)

Catchers

Chris Iannetta, Colorado Rockies

After a start to the season marred by a lot of all-or-nothing at-bats, C.I. strained his hammy Saturday, May 23, and is now residing on the DL, leaving Yorvit Torrealba as the starter. A helpful batting average probably isn't in his future, but Iannetta is a source of above-average power from this position when healthy; pay attention to his recovery details and hang tight if you're thin on homers.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

NL-only: Hold

First basemen

Chris Davis, Texas Rangers

Ten homers can only go so far when you haven't provided much else. We warned you before the season about his struggles to make contact. Through 43 contests he has 10 walks and 66 strikeouts! Hitters with poor batting eye ratios typically take longer to bust out of funks. If you're starving for round trippers, the boom might outweigh the ample busts he has shown this year, but you should find alternatives while he tries to locate the rawhide.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Shortstops

Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals

Here's another suspicious DL stint; is it due to bodily harm or the malice he holds against fantasy teams? Aviles, who has just two hits and one walk since May 7, hasn't done much to reverse his sophomore slump (.183-1-8 in 120 at-bats). Don't waste a mixed roster spot on an unproven player you have to wait on.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Hold

Outfielders

Matt LaPorta, Cleveland Indians

After a 0-for-4 day with two strikeouts Monday, May 25, LaPorta was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. He was hitting just .190 with one homer and four RBIs in 42 at-bats. He hadn't been playing regularly, which could be one reason for his demotion. The Indians' prized prospect was raking at Triple-A earlier this year (.333-5-14 in 75 at-bats), but that was his first stint above Double-A ball. Given how he struggled in the majors, he could use some more seasoning. Stash him only in single-universe and keeper leagues.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Ricky Nolasco, Florida Marlins

A demotion to Triple-A New Orleans punctuated a nightmarish stretch for everyone involved here. It appears MLB hitters finally have a book on him, although his unlucky .402 opponents' BABIP and 49.4 strand percentage rank dead last among hurlers with at least 40 innings tossed this year. His dominance (7.63 K/9) and velocity have remained steady; Nolasco's floundering fastball location and frequency, along with spotty work from the stretch, have contributed to his downfall. It's realistic for him to improve his approach with runners on, but sitting on your hands waiting for him to figure it out in the minors doesn't help if you don't have a spot for him.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

NL-only: Hold

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 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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