Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 26, 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market give 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)



Trevor Hoffman, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers RP Trevor Hoffman
Saves help might be available

Hoffman is somehow widely available. The Brewers are making him pitch at least one more successful setup game before returning to the closer role. Well, it's hard to think they won't return him there unless he collapses further. 

Check your waiver wire now. You might have to wait for him to get save chances, but why let an established stopper sit on your wire when the Brewers already have experienced a mess without him? 

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Brett Myers, SP, Houston Astros

Myers' ownership figures display skepticism - rightfully so, especially with his slightly inflated strand rate, his favorable schedule so far and Houston's absentee run support. He puts many runners on.

Don't overlook the positives. Despite his continued drop in dominance, his command rate has remained steady from last year.

Myers, 30 in August, has been a launching pad for most of his career. While his 10.9 percent HR/FB is well below his career norms, he has posted solid groundball rates (51.1 percent this year, a career best) and used more sliders; a season-long breakthrough isn't out of the question. His opponents' .323 BABIP doesn't favor him, either, so any improvement there could sustain this growth.

He's best left as a matchup play. Avoid his scheduled Thursday start at the Milwaukee Brewers. In deeper leagues, you could try him after that when he hosts the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs; both are middling teams on the road and against righties. After that, skip Yankee Stadium but go for his start at the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

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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