Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

by Tim Heaney on September 11, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break a season. You may have adjusted your fantasy baseball cheat sheets over and over during spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, though, you will probably have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to add players to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire - Add player (in most circumstances)

Watch - Track player; consider adding if trend continues

Pass - Do not add player (in most circumstances)

Third basemen

Chris D. Johnson, Houston Astros

The 'Stros will give him playing time. He has shown some pop this year (13 dingers in 384 at-bats at Triple-A Round Rock) but hasn't displayed a great batting eye despite hitting .281 at Round Rock. With Geoff Blum and Jeff Keppinger still options at third, Johnson's value remains limited. 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Acquire

Shortstops

Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Keep an eye on Desmond

The Nats will give Desmond an extensive look to start at shortstop, including an audition for 2010. He hit .330 overall on the farm this year with 54 runs scored and 21 steals in 348 at-bats. The longtime prospect looks to be a power-speed threat in the making; Desmond had a homer and four RBIs in his debut Thursday.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Starting pitchers

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

He had a nice opening start in place of an injured Tim Lincecum (back), but Bumgarner will pitch out of the 'pen for the rest of the year if everyone stays healthy, giving him only a sliver of value in single-year leagues. His name should be bolded on your 2010 risers list, though.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Robinson Tejeda, Kansas City Royals

He has made two starts this month and hasn't given up a run in 11 1/3 frames against two solid offenses in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Detroit Tigers. He has consistent mid-90s heat but has learned to conserve his fireball. With Gil Meche (shoulder) likely done for the year, Tejeda probably has a rotation spot for the rest of the year.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

John Maine, New York Mets

Maine (shoulder) is lined up to toe the rubber Sunday on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. This isn't the best time to grab him for a spot start given the matchup and his first game since June. It's best to wait him out.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Marco Estrada, Washington Nationals

Slated to start against the Florida Marlins, Estrada posted nice command with a .256 opponents' clip. He has a chance for a rotation spot the rest of the year. Give a casual look his way if you're desperate.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch

Esmil Rogers, Colorado Rockies

With Ubaldo Jimenez's (hamstring) Saturday start pushed back, Rogers will step in at the San Diego Padres, making him an intriguing spot start. Be careful. Despite his decent command, he struggled after his promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He was one of their top pitching prospects, though.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Relief pitchers

Ryan Madson and Brett Myers, Philadelphia Phillies

We've told you to pick them up in advance of Brad Lidge faltering in the closer role. It's official: Madson and Myers will both receive save opps. Grab them. Now.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

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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.

During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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