Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 7, 2010 @ 14:00:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which fantasy baseball players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Middle infielders

Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs

The Cubbies called up the 20-year-old; they'll start him at short and probably hit him eighth. Castro still needs to develop his power and stolen base efficiency, yet his raw speed and ability to make frequent contact make him a tantalizing middle infield talent. Expect bumps, but don't let someone else beat you to catching a potential difference-maker.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Juan Uribe, IF, San Francisco Giants

Uribe will reportedly maintain starting work somewhere on the field when second baseman Freddy Sanchez (shoulder, knee) returns, and that's more certain now that Edgar Renteria (groin) is on the DL.

The plug-and-play Uribe is streaky and has cooled off after a hot start. However, his pop from a middle infield spot and his eligibility at second base, third base and shortstop make him deep-league worthy at least as a bench player.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Ryan Rohlinger, IF, San Francisco Giants

Florida Marlins OF Michael Stanton
Can't Stanton the wait!

The Giants called up Rohlinger after placing Edgar Renteria (groin) on the DL. Rohlinger is a likely option for starting time at shortstop until Freddy Sanchez (shoulder, knee) returns from the DL. Juan Uribe has been battling some elbow soreness lately, and the Giants don't want him playing shortstop frequently.

Rohlinger, 26, flashed some power at Triple-A Fresno last year and has posted a .333-2-13 line there this year. Matt Downs will probably be in the mix for middle infield playing time, though, thereby limiting Rohlinger's impact. Neither will play much once Sanchez returns.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Outfielders

Michael Stanton, OF, Florida Marlins

The hype machine will be churning at full speed after Stanton's estimated 500-foot homer Thursday at Double-A Jacksonville. Time is running out to beat the rush on the minor league home run leader.

Sure, he has gaudy power, but he also strikes out a ton and could be exposed. If you grab him, assess his trade market value, too.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Bryan Petersen, OF, Florida Marlins

The Fish called up Peterson likely to serve as a bench bat, but with the way the Marlins' outfielders are struggling, Peterson could see some PT in a non-Michael Stanton outfield. Peterson received an extensive look this spring and impressed the coaching staff.

Since 2008 Peterson has showed promising plate discipline at Double-A Jacksonville but hasn't yet developed noticeable power above Single-A. He'll probably see spotty playing time but might be worth a low-commitment reserve spot in deep NLs.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Manuel Corpas, RP, Colorado Rockies

Though Rox manager Jim Tracy wouldn't confirm it, it looks like Corpas will take the interim closer mantle from the shaky Franklin Morales. Corpas will probably have a few weeks to accumulate saves before Huston Street (shoulder) returns.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Scott Olsen, SP, Washington Nationals

Olsen's near no-hitter will cause a pickup stir. The soft tosser has dealt with injury-related velocity issues, but it looks like he has regained some heat on each of his pitches, maybe in part by throwing his fastball less.

Olsen, 26, still doesn't throw much above 90 mph, but his groundball spike can help sustain his hot performance even if his dominance increase doesn't last. Dropping anyone of importance for him would be a mistake, since his dominance can't yet be considered stable, but he's good for a trial roster spot. Play the matchups.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Ross Ohlendorf, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Ohlendorf (back) is expected to return to the Bucs' rotation Monday to host the Cincinnati Reds. His lack of K power justified skepticism surrounding his BABIP luck last season, but the righty has shown elite groundball-ness in the past despite moving away from that trend. NL owners running out of options could consider his return matchup a tryout.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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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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