Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

by Tim Heaney on October 2, 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)

Second basemen

Willy Aybar, Tampa Bay Rays

Aybar has received ample at-bats since Carlos Pena (fingers) went down for the season. He has hit lefties well this year, and the New York Yankees have C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte taking the mound Saturday. Aybar prefers hitting at home, too: .288-8-27 in 139 at-bats.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Third basemen

Jake Fox, Chicago Cubs

With first baseman Derrek Lee scratched Friday for personal reasons, Fox will take his place. Fox was listed in the lineup in Lee's place for Thursday's game before it was rained out and is there again today. You could do worse for desperation power potential in the last weekend if Lee misses more time.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Joey Gathright, Boston Red Sox

J.D. Drew (shoulder) may return Saturday ... but come on, it's J.D. Drew. It could be the rest of the fantasy season. Surprised? You shouldn't be. The speedy Gathright will probably get starts in right field but may also split with other less intriguing options. Deep leaguers craving a fifth outfielder rental should take a look, at least.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Starting pitchers

Kevin Correia, San Diego Padres

Arguably the spot start king for the final fantasy weekend, Correia pitches Friday at home (3.63 ERA) against the San Francisco Giants (3.50 ERA in 18 innings against this year). San Fran has hit .218 in six games at PETCO Park this year.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Ryan Rowland-Smith, Seattle Mariners

The Australian lefty has settled into a solid starting role despite iffy peripherals. He takes his home hill Saturday (2.88 ERA at Safeco Field this year) against a below-average Texas Rangers road offense. Texas does OK against lefties, but they've hit only .230 when visiting the M's this year.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Relief pitchers

Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bays RP Grant Balfour
Closing ... sorta ... for a few days

Though the Rays don't mind splitting up save chances now that J.P. Howell has been shut down, Balfour has received the majority of opportunities and is coming off a night of rest. He's still available in countless leagues.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

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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