Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

by Tim Heaney on September 30, 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?'s Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.


Acquire - Add player (in most circumstances)

Watch - Track player; consider adding if trend continues

Pass - Do not add player (in most circumstances)

Second basemen

Orlando Hudson, Los Angeles Dodgers

The seesaw at second continues for the Dodgers. Ronnie Belliard (groin) has missed the last two days after injuring himself Monday. While Hudson's three-game hit streak has produced uninspiring numbers, he could offer vital at-bats for a middle infield spot down the stretch. Keep tabs on Belliard's situation, though, because he'd probably return to starting if he's OK.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Mike Fontenot, Chicago Cubs

Per manager Lou Piniella, starting third baseman Aramis Ramirez (shoulder) will probably only be able to play "sparingly" down the stretch, if he isn't shut down for the rest of '09. This would give Jeff Baker more chances at third.

Fontenot started at second base Tuesday and would be the likely beneficiary for the last handful of games. The streaky left-handed bat has hit .316 in 38 September at-bats but hasn't done much in terms of run production.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch


Reid Brignac, Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays IF Reid Brignac
Tampa is giving Brignac a shot

Brignac should get a few more trips in the starting lineup before the season is out. He went 2-for-3 in place of shorty Jason Bartlett last night. He probably won't carry you to victory, especially with his poor batting eye. On the other hand, you can keep the post-hypee on roster if you need fill-in plate appearances for your middle infield spot.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Starting pitchers

Matt Palmer, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

As the Halos continue to rest their starting rotation, Palmer will toe the first-inning rubber Wednesday at home against the Texas Rangers. Palmer hasn't been the most stable starter for the Angels (4.99 ERA despite his 8-1 record).

He has excelled since June, though, with a 2.81 ERA in his last 26 appearances, including one start, which came all the way back on July 25. Starting him is a pretty desperate move, but it could yield moderate results; the Rangers' road offense is spotty.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-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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