Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

by Tim Heaney on September 16, 2009 @ 03:57:22 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)

Second basemen

Eric Young Jr., Colorado Rockies

EY will take some playing time from the slumping Clint Barmes; Young hit leadoff Tuesday. His PT so far in his first MLB action has been spotty until now. Young has a shot to be the permanent replacement after this series if he hits well. KFFL thinks he has a good chance to do just that and in turn contribute enough speed to warrant your consideration.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Third basemen

Juan Francisco, Cincinnati Reds

A whiff in a pinch-hit at-bat Monday makes up Francisco's 2009 line so far. Francisco earned a chance to show his stuff for the big boys. The 22-year-old went .295-27-93 at Double-A Carolina and hit .359-5-17 in 22 contests for Triple-A Louisville.

The problem: Scott Rolen sits at third base, meaning Francisco probably will be limited to pinch-hit and spot lineup duties; of course, Rolen is no stranger to injuries and time off. The Reds are planning to give Francisco some time in left field after this season, with the plan of potentially moving the lefty masher there permanently. You don't need to jump on him anywhere yet, but there's enough intrigue that you should know who he is.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch

Outfielders

Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce
Can you pick up Bruce almighty?

The Reds' more established addition this week didn't look like he missed more than two months of MLB action. Bruce went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in his first two games back after rehabbing from a broken right wrist and injuring his groin last week. If he was dropped anywhere, take advantage.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Delmon Young, Minnesota Twins

With first baseman Justin Morneau (back) done for '09, Young will presumably see more guaranteed playing time, as Michael Cuddyer moves primarily to the scoop position. Jason Kubel may see more outfield reps as well while the Twins try other options at DH.

Carlos Gomez hasn't swiped a bag since Aug. 21, which makes him essentially useless otherwise despite having the most to gain from this situation. Young has been more consistent across the stat board, meaning he'd be the better fantasy addition.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Starting pitchers

Eddie Bonine, Detroit Tigers

He now has a rotation spot for the Tigers and faces the Kansas City Royals in his Wednesday start. It's an intriguing matchup play on paper, but Bonine hasn't proved anything to be considered beyond that.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Relief pitchers

Randy Johnson, San Francisco Giants

The Unit returns ... as a reliever. San Fran reportedly wants to use him for middle bridge work, typically two or three innings. He could still be useful for your team in this setup; his fading stuff would presumably be more effective in short spurts. Expect a Neftali Feliz-type role, but don't bank on Neftali Feliz-level talent.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

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 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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