Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on July 16, 2010 @ 14:03:00 PDT

 


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

Lastings Milledge, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Lastings Milledge
Making a Lastings impression?

The Bucs aren't attending Ryan Church anymore. Milledge will be the full-time starter in right field moving forward, per manager John Russell. The embattled outfielder hit .351 over the last 18 games (16 starts) before the All-Star break, with three homers, nine RBIs, six runs scored and a 1.009 on-base plus slugging percentage (.413 on-base).

His platoon splits still favor lefties (.318 compared to .255 versus righties), but Pittsburgh is at least giving him the majority share. Maybe he chips in more steals, too. Two years ago, he swiped 24 bags; he has combined for 12 since, but there's encouragement that he can turn on his wheels.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Lorenzo Cain, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers recalled the 24-year-old from Triple-A Nashville, where he was hitting .341 with four steals in 10 games this season. Before that, he started off the year well by batting .324 and swiping 21 bags in 244 at-bats at Double-A Huntsville. His batting eye hasn't been too bad, either.

Carlos Gomez hasn't met expectations and could lose playing time. Corey Hart looks like trade bait. Cain suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last year and has steadily worked back since. His farm larceny shows his confidence has returned.

Milwaukee's young steal threats - Gomez, Alcides Escobar - haven't pilfered much; the Brew Crew isn't that aggressive. Still, Cain's speed could pay off with regular playing time this year, especially since the Brewers might be sellers. Maybe they'll take the handcuffs off on the base paths and see what their young band of thieves can do.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Mike Dunn, RP, Atlanta Braves

Another citizen arrives in LIMAtlanta. The big-armed Dunn, acquired when Javier Vazquez was shipped out, compiled a sparkling 1.05 ERA with 56 K's and 22 walks in 42 2/3 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett. This southpaw might be worth a reliever rental at some point this season.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

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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 LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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