Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on April 5, 2010 @ 15:00:00 PDT

 


Intro

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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)

 

Corner infielders

Mike Jacobs, 1B, New York Mets

Jacobs will start at first against righties until Daniel Murphy (knee) comes off the DL. Fernando Tatis will face southpaws. Jacobs clubbed 19 homers in 478 at-bats last year despite continued batting average woes. If you can account for his free-swinging ways, that's a solid power source for deep lineups, even if his playing time is based on Murphy's absence.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Blake DeWitt, 2B/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

New York Mets 1B Mike Jacobs
Jacobs: a brand new start of it

The Dodgers' starting second baseman doesn't have much thump and probably will sit against lefties, but he has workable plate discipline and line-drive ability.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

John Bowker, OF, San Francisco Giants

Bowker topped Nate Schierholtz for the starting right field job. The former clubbed 21 homers in just 366 at-bats at Triple-A Fresno last season, while also hitting .342 with 83 RBIs. His pop on a power-lean club will probably keep his leash long. If you have stash room in deep mixed leagues, here's a nice grab.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Tyler Colvin, OF, Chicago Cubs

Colvin's .468 spring average has earned him a couple of days of playing time each week; the Cubs plan to use him as a sub in center and right. Be careful. He hit 15 homers in 448 at-bats combined in Single- and Double-A last year, but this spring he hit only two homers while posting a .753 slugging percentage. He hasn't posted promising batting eyes on the farm, either.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds have planted Leake into their rotation, meaning the righty will skip the minor leagues. The 22-year-old's command is polished, and he wields a diverse arsenal, but his mediocre fastball doesn't bode well for your fantasy K totals. He'll have a thin margin of error if he's trying to punch out major leaguers. Though there's some sleeper value here since he's an unknown commodity, don't overspend on an average arm without farm seasoning.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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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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