Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on August 17, 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?'s Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.


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)

Starting pitchers

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
Cueto could lose rotation spot

With Cincy worried about his workload, Cueto is in danger of losing his rotation spot to the rehabbing Micah Owings (shoulder), who may return after making a scoreless rehab start Saturday. Signs point to Cueto at least being skipped in his next scheduled turn Friday. 

Cueto reportedly isn't experiencing arm or hip pain - or a loss in velocity - but the Reds seemingly haven't been successful in shielding Cueto from fatigue this season after he pitched in both winter ball and the World Baseball Classic in the offseason.

The funny part: His control has actually improved since last year, but his recent eight-start stretch (10.64 ERA) has been plagued by the homer bug (eight), and he hasn't surpassed the third inning in his last two outings. After a .269 BABIP allowed in the first half, hitters have recorded a .400 in-play clip against him since the break. If you can't afford to wait him out, don't stay married to 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 the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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