Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on June 4, 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)


Middle infielders

Ruben Tejada, 2B/SS, New York Mets

Florida Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan
Coghlan doing his best to keep PT

It looks like Luis Castillo (foot) will hit the DL soon. Tejada was recalled. Though the lefty-hitting Alex Cora might see more playing time in Castillo's place, Tejada is more intriguing. The 20-year-old is hitting .294-1-11 with one steal and 21 runs scored at Triple-A Buffalo.

Though his value is also heavily batting average-based, he swiped 19 bags at Double-A Binghamton in '09. A farmhand's speed doesn't always translate after a call-up, but even at the short end of shared duty, Tejada has a chance to offer something more than Cora's typically boring filler stats. The Mets haven't been afraid to give youth PT, either.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Acquire


Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins

Mike Stanton's impending arrival might bench an outfielder or cause split duty at one of the spots. Coghlan could be a casualty, but the nearly 25-year-old's recent play and leadoff capabilities argue for him to keep at least a shared job. The younger Cameron Maybin (23) isn't standing out and could use more seasoning.

Coghlan was hitting .210 after facing the Chicago White Sox May 23. Since, he's .400-1-4 with eight runs and two steals in 40 at-bats. A sound contact rate, a typically top-notch batting eye and ample groundballs accentuate his potential to maintain a helpful average from here on out; reaching 20 swipes isn't a long shot, either.

Keep in mind the Stanton ramifications, but take a low-cost chance on Coghlan if your outfield slate is incomplete and your batting average is hurting.

Shallow mixed: Watch

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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