Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 13, 2010 @ 12:30:00 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


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



John Bowker, OF, San Francisco Giants

Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto
Cueto is on the verge

Mark DeRosa (wrist) recently called his offseason wrist surgery a "total failure" and might be hitting the DL Friday. There's a chance for a long-term absence here. Bowker would be the likely beneficiary; the Giants promised him a starting role early in the season but switched courses.

Though Bowker remains AWOL against lefties, manager Bruce Bochy is "looking forward" to giving him some more at-bats. Bowker's flyball percentage is down, but his walk rate has improved, and the 26-year-old boasts a potential power jolt for setups with deep outfield requirements.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire


Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds

"Come on, it was the Pittsburgh Pirates Cueto dominated Tuesday." Sure, but look at his command this season (33 K's, 12 walks). His average velocity is up slightly, and his slider remains effective.

Next week he faces the Milwaukee Brewers at home (avoid) and the Cleveland Indians on the road (bingo). If your league mates haven't caught on to Cueto's growth potential, sneak him onto your roster.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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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.

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