Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on May 25, 2010 @ 13:00:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

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

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Catchers

John Jaso, Tampa Bay Rays

Manager Joe Maddon moved Jaso up to the five-hole against right-handed pitchers, affirming Jaso's place in the lineup. Reports say Kelly Shoppach will play when he comes back, but Maddon is finding it hard to bench the lefty-hitting Jaso. Of course, Jaso might struggle hitting higher in the order, but ride him for as long as you can, especially in two-catcher setups.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Maicer Izturis, IF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Brandon Wood
What does Wood's departure mean?

Brandon Wood (hip) reportedly appears DL-bound, which not-so-coincidentally would probably include a "bonus" minor league stint to find his swing. Izturis (shoulder) should be activated within the next few days and would probably slide into a starting gig at third.

Double-digit steals are a near certainty for Izturis as long as he plays. He posts elite contact percentages with potential to sniff a .300 average. Not a bad package for a middle infield lineup spot. 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Will Ohman, RP, Baltimore Orioles

Reports say the lefty is the likely choice for most of B-more's save chances, with Alfredo Simon (hamstring) looking like a DL casualty. Grab Ohman now.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Frank Mata, RP, Baltimore Orioles

A few save chances, perhaps? Mata keeps the ball on the ground and has closed out 33 career farm games, including eight in 19 1/3 frames this season at Triple-A Norfolk. He hasn't shown much dominance in the high minors, though, and the 26-year-old doesn't have a high-upside stock. 

He might be sent down this weekend if the Orioles make some changes to their rotation. Tough to jump on him immediately if you don't have a trial roster spot, but monitor his performance and role - as well as Baltimore's rotation news.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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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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