Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on April 8, 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?'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)


Middle infielders

Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Kelly Johnson
KJ a boom MI

This power-steals threat came cheaply in many mixed drafts. Ignored? We think so. His hitter-friendly environment doesn't hurt his 15-homer potential from a middle infield spot. Act quickly.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Edgar Renteria, SS, San Francisco Giants

Renteria, 34, had two bone chips removed from his right elbow last year; he played through elbow and shoulder issues often. His hot start hints health will improve his play. This vet should buoy his average with his history of upper-echelon line-drive percentages, even if his power isn't certain anymore.

He should still approach double digits there and in steals, and if he stays in the Giants' two-hole, his run total should be respectable enough to place in a middle infield spot. There's a hint of upside left, and he can produce a profit that not many deep-league free-agent MIs can.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Jeff Keppinger, IF, Houston Astros

Tommy Manzella (wrist) has rested the last few days but will probably return in the next few. Even when Manzella is reinserted, how long will that last? Keppinger is hitting like someone who deserves to stay in the lineup. Manzella is all glove, and the positionally diverse Kepp has numerous outlets for PT anyway, even if the 'Stros remain loyal.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Acquire


Sean Marshall, RP, Chicago Cubs

Marshall has been a LIMA threat for some time, and he's realizing that potential early this season. His career splits heavily favor him as a reliever in overall performance, including a wide margin in K/9. In his long relief role, he's in line to offer frequent strikeouts and innings-eating ratio help.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch

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.

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