Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on June 17, 2009 @ 14:01:04 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)

Second basemen

Emmanuel Burriss, San Francisco Giants

He can run, but he can't hit big league tosses right now. Burriss was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to work on his ax handling; he was stuck in a 0-for-27 skid. The Giants want him to use more of the field and play more small ball. He hadn't even attempted larceny since May 24.

He should be back in the bigs sometime this season, especially since his defense remained his biggest plus, but it's time to look for stolen bases elsewhere in mixed setups. Feel free to speculate once he returns if you have the room.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-only: Hold

Shortstops

Jhonny Peralta, Cleveland Indians

The slumping masher has returned to manager Eric Wedge's naughty list; Peralta was benched Tuesday, June 16, in order to "get his head on straight," in Wedge's words. The team believes Peralta is trying to pull the ball too often, and Wedge was especially infuriated that his shortstop wasn't making contact with runners in scoring position. This may be a long-term sentence, too. "I don't want to keep seeing the same things from him day after day," Wedge said.

You, the fantasy owner, brought Peralta aboard for his power - not his average - from a position not ripe for homers. Still, his two-dinger, 57-strikeout stinker this year isn't negating the frustration. He's hitting into ample grounders (56.9 percent this year), and that isn't part of his game. No one's going to buy him from you for anything valuable.

Is the elbow injury bothering him again? That's a prime reason his power could be sapped. If you need pop, follow Wedge's pattern and hang tight while he sits on your virtual pine. See if you can offer waiver wire fodder for Peralta, too, if you're in the same boat and know his owner is becoming frustrated.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

NL-only: Hold

Outfielders

Denard Span, Minnesota Twins

Span's (ear) DL stint clears things up in the outfield, but his owners lose a basepath threat. We have seen how dizzy spells can affect a player's equilibrium (see: Cincinnati Reds first sacker Joey Votto), but the Twins appear to have caught this case a bit earlier. He wasn't expected to play until this weekend at the earliest, anyway, and he will probably go on a rehab assignment before resurfacing. He shouldn't be back much later than his June 25 eligible return date.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays

Halladay (groin) will be placed on the 15-day DL Thursday, June 18. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday, June 17, but was still feeling some discomfort in his right groin. "I feel a lot better," Halladay said. "It's just that I feel a little bit of tightness." The Jays aren't going to risk running their ace out there and causing further injury. Fantasy owners can breathe easy, though. He is eligible to return June 28, and he hopes to be ready for then.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Chris Young, San Diego Padres

The skyscraper is scheduled to miss at least his next outing, and a DL stint remains a heavy possibility. Young (shoulder) has a mild strain in some shoulder muscles, but his MRI came up void of structural damage. The righty hopes to be ready in 10 days despite the DL talk, but his command and velocity faltered in his last two starts.

Young had worked around early-season struggles and reports of declining stuff with a strong May showing (3.50 ERA, .214 opponents' clip in 36 innings). He has also taken full advantage of PETCO Park this season (2.61 ERA there, 7.82 ERA elsewhere). His season has fallen apart with a ghastly June: 8.78 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, four K's, six dingers and nine walks in 13 1/3 innings.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Stash

NL-only: Hold

Relief pitchers

Scott Downs, Toronto Blue Jays

A left big toe injury will force Downs (toe) to the disabled list Thursday, June 18, though for how long remains to be known. He hurt his foot coming out of the batter's box Tuesday, June 16; it didn't appear that serious after the game as his foot wasn't bundled in ice, and he was wearing flip-flips. The lefty has a 1.98 ERA this year with eight saves in nine opportunities.

Shallow mixed: Hold

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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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.

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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