Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on June 1, 2010 @ 14:30:00 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? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market give 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)

 

Catchers

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Recalled over the weekend, Posey, one of baseball's top prospects, made an instant impact, going 6-for-9 with four RBIs in his first two games up. He'll see time at first base and spell catcher Bengie Molina on occasion.

There's talk of San Fran sending him down when some dinged Giants return from the DL, but his potential impact from the catcher spot is enough to make him owned everywhere, as long as you prepare for a possible demotion. Molina is on a one-year deal and might be retiring; maybe they cut his time.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Mark DeRosa, 3B/OF, San Francisco Giants

DeRosa (wrist) could be activated from the DL as soon as Friday. His wrist issues sapped his power in his limited time; playing through the injury cost him, and it still could be. PT might be an issue. His clip will probably be one, too.

Despite the risks, the 20-homer bat should be monitored. A return of strength to his left wrist could put him on track for prorated 2008 or 2009 numbers. He might even qualify at second base in some leagues, too. Even if he's only a bench player, he isn't a bad fill-in if he can get it going.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Neil Walker, 2B/3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey
A pocket full of Posey, indeed

The Bucs prospect has earned regular duty at second base, adding to his earlier intrigue. The 24-year-old has started out 9-for-28 in the bigs and will now have an extended chance to build on his double-digit homer and steals potential.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Mike Fontenot, IF, Chicago Cubs

Ryan Theriot's struggles and Fontenot's .347-1-11 May is jeopardizing Theriot's status as an everyday player. Fontenot is making contact at a career-best rate (90.6 percent) and is being more aggressive at the plate.

With enough playing time, Fontenot can offer 10-plus homers and a decent source of RBIs from a middle infield spot. As long as you account for his streaks, he can be a rental with room to grow.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Jerry Hairston Jr., IF/OF, San Diego Padres

Everth Cabrera (hamstring) landed on the DL again by tearing the same hamstring that deactivated him in April. The versatile Hairston will once again step in.

The speed-based Cabrera could be hampered by this injury for awhile. Any Hairston takers should start with some stolen bases and consider any other notable fill-in counting stats a bonus; he can be streaky.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Rusty Ryal, IF/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Ryal might see more time in left field; Conor Jackson has been quiet. Ryal showed a hint of power in the minors in 2008 and 2009, but his upside is limited.

The 27-year-old doesn't make much contact and has poor plate discipline. He's a BABIP-fueled trial if you're running out of options, but he has no bankable indicators of being a long-term fantasy success story.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Pat Burrell, San Francisco Giants

The Giants inked the 33-year-old to a minor league deal. He still carries 20-homer potential but has a tumbling batting eye and has struggled to make an impact for the last two seasons.

Don't bet on him being called up soon unless an injury occurs or if the Giants are desperate for a spark during interleague play. Burrell is a horrid fielder and can't hide at DH for the whole season. You can wait on him, but don't lose track of him completely, given how the Giants have cycled through outfielders this year.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg
Coming soon to the MLB

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals

His first MLB start is slated for June 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Brad Lidge, RP, Philadelphia Phillies

He's back from the DL and will be eased back into the closer's role. Check if the righty is still available.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Andrew Cashner, RP, Chicago Cubs

The Cubbies called up the highly touted youngster, who was recently moved to the farm 'pen. He boasts a 2.05 cumulative ERA in 11 games (nine starts) between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this year.

His 59 K's in those 57 innings back up his power-pitching pedigree. Cashner can offer the same to fantasy owners (and be next in line for saves?) if he translates quickly. Chicago's lack of reliable setup help could keep the 23-year-old up all season.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Dana Eveland, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Eveland was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays and immediately joins the Pirates' rotation. The 26-year-old's command has been ugly in the bigs, but he induces ample grounders and has shown some dominance potential (6.00 career K/9) despite his low velocity. Maybe the league switch will help. 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Chris Capuano, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

Been awhile: The lefty will make his first MLB start since September 2007 this Thursday against the Florida Marlins. The Tommy John casualty posted a 1.59 ERA with four walks and 33 K's in 39 2/3 rehab innings.

Banking on indicators from three seasons ago is risky, but if the 31-year-old shows signs of regaining his career 7.40 K/9 and 3.04 BB/9, he might be worth a gamble.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

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.

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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