Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on June 24, 2009 @ 14:00:00 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)

Outfielders

Coco Crisp, Kansas City Royals

Crisp (shoulder) is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Feel free to cut ties, and deep AL-only players losing Crisp should give Mitch Maier a look if he's still available. You can't expect much, but the at-bats he'll give you are what you're looking for.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Discard

Starting pitchers

David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

That 2008 postseason magic hasn't carried over into 2009 for the lefty phenom, whose 4.45 ERA doesn't show his struggles as much as his 1.65 WHIP. He has allowed 10 earned runs and four dingers in his last two starts (11 1/3 frames). Though he has walked only two in that time, he has lasted past the sixth inning just once this year; however, he gave up five runs in that exception.

Tampa has discussed making changes to their rotation, but the first candidates for demotion have been Andy Sonnanstine and Jeff Niemann. Could they allow Price to receive more practice at Triple-A Durham? Given how much stock they're putting into him, they probably won't rush to do it.

Hang on to Price if you can, but his name value doesn't negate what a poor matchup could do to your standings. Giving Price some time on the bench would be a better solution than outright releasing him.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

AL-only: Hold

Relief pitchers

Ryan Madson, Philadelphia Phillies

A successful rehab outing Tuesday means closer Brad Lidge (knee) could be activated from the DL Wednesday, which would return Madson to his eighth-inning, backup closer role. You shouldn't jettison Madson immediately. We've seen how Lidge's problems can turn on a dime.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Hold

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 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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