Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on April 7, 2010 @ 13:00:00 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)

 

Outfielders

Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Why are people ignoring this steals threat when he actually has a firm hold on a starting gig? He refined his swing this offseason and made a decent improvement in his batting eye in '09. If he embraces groundballs even more, his speed will propel his batting average upward.

Gomez figuring things out would give you a playable high-end swipes commodity. The least you can do is act quickly and let him figure things out during an occasional fantasy play. This cheap investment opportunity for a single-category boom can't be ignored.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Mike Morse, OF, Washington Nationals

San Diego Padres SP Chris Young
CY he's not bad pickup

The Nats are likely vetoing the proposed Willie Harris-Willy Taveras right field platoon in favor of Morse. The Nats want more punch in their lineup, and Morse has some; he combined for 16 homers in 423 at-bats for two different Triple-A teams last year.

While banking on Morse keeping the job the entire season is foolish, NL owners would also be insane if they didn't at least try Morse. He crushes left-handers and is a waiver wire playing-time outlet.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Chris Young, SP, San Diego Padres

The skyscraper tossed six innings of shutout, one-hit ball despite three walks in his return to the mound Tuesday. Reports put his top-end fastball velocity somewhere between 84 and 88 mph - nothing special, but an improvement over his low-80s "heat" when his 2009 season ended due to shoulder issues. Young was still working on adjusting his slider during the game, so he has a ways to go to be overly attractive.

Young's ability to regain velocity will determine his success, but he has shown above-average dominance with average heat below 90 mph before. His height creates deception, and if Young starts to identify his proper delivery angles consistently, he'll pay big returns to roto players who take a pre-emptive stab on him for their pitching bench.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Barry Zito, SP, San Francisco Giants

The butt of many a baseball wi$ecrack, Zito toyed with a weak Houston Astros lineup Tuesday. What's the intrigue here? His improving slider, which he leaned on in '09 and which helped him to a 2.83 post-break ERA; his dominance approached his career high, and the slider helped tame his control for a significant part of last season.

Velocity isn't a strong suit for Zito, but the lefty is seasoned. Double-digit wins were the only thing to look forward to from him. A revamped arsenal makes him a more intriguing target to round out a pitching bench, depending on matchups and streaks. Next week, the Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates and then travel to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Good opportunities to try him out, at least.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

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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