Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

by Tim Heaney on September 21, 2009 @ 03:46:58 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)

Catchers

Ramon Hernandez, Cincinnati Reds

Hernandez (knee) was activated from the DL this past weekend but didn't play. Though he probably won't play a full schedule, two-catcher leaguers looking for a No. 2 down the stretch could do worse than the vet who hit 24 homers in the previous two seasons.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Shortstops

Juan Uribe, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants IF Juan Uribe
Eureka, I found Uribe!

The Giants have stuck with the vet as their starter and are reaping the benefits. His .354 September includes his most recent 14-game stretch of .358-4-13 with 10 runs scored.

Caveat: Uribe's road performance has been atrocious this year (.237 compared to .352 at home). However, his next road series is at the Arizona Diamondbacks' hitter-friendly Chase Field. Watch out for his final weekend dance at the San Diego Padres, though.

Uribe's eligibility at the three infield spots besides first base can help you fill in games down the fantasy stretch, too, but he's on enough of a run that you should keep him in your lineup whenever possible.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Starting pitchers

Chad Gaudin, New York Yankees

His name isn't Sergio Mitre; that's a start. Speaking of starts, Gaudin assumes the No. 5 spot with a team that could give him a cheap win or two as the season comes to a close.

Be cautious for his matchup Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - only AL owners should even consider that if desperate. After that, he lines up to deal to the Kansas City Royals at home and the Tampa Bay Rays on the road to wrap things up. He has a 4.90 ERA as a starter, including 4.11 in his last three starts (15 1/3 frames); you have to question how deep he can go considering he has been a long reliever more often this year.

If you like gambling based on potential run support in really, REALLY deep leagues, remember what you're getting into. He may not pitch long enough to be eligible for a win.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Acquire

Relief pitchers

Henry Rodriguez, Oakland Athletics

Oakland's bullpen has been their backbone this year, and they added another big arm by calling up H-Rod. He touches triple digits but has a career farm control rating of 6.75 BB/9.

In 37 games as a reliever for Triple-A Sacramento: 5.77 ERA, 71 K's, a 1.74 WHIP and a .228 opponents' clip in 43 2/3 frames. The intriguing righty can be nestled near the bottom of your list of potential ratio reliever pickups. He's one of Oakland's top prospects.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

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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