Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 6, 2010 @ 14:00:00 PDT

 


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

Aubrey Huff, 1B, San Francisco Giants

Fluctuating power has clouded Huff's value over the years, but his flyball rate is on the upswing to start 2010. He's walking and making contact at career-best rates and is swinging a scorching stick (9-for-18 in the last five games, nine RBIs in his last 10 games).

His home park doesn't help hitters, but the 33-year-old has hovered around the heart of San Fran's order all year and is a proven 20-homer bat. In a corner infield or utility spot, what's the hurt to see how long he can keep it up?

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Emilio Bonifacio, 3B/SS, Florida Marlins

The Fish are struggling to find an effective leadoff option. Bonifacio was moved to center field Wednesday at Triple-A New Orleans, where he has been hitting first, and might be considered for a call-up soon.

Though he hasn't impressed in the minors and has scuffled in the bigs since the start of '09, his game-changing speed (21 steals in 461 at-bats last year) is the biggest (only?) reason to get a jump on him.

Bonifacio is risky otherwise, but if you're desperate for one-category help, you'll probably cope with taking hits elsewhere. Bright side: He might carry eligibility at second base and outfield in some leagues, as well.

Atlanta Braves P Kris Medlen
Kris should be Medlen in your affairs

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Kris Medlen, SP, Atlanta Braves

K-Med will start Saturday in place of the DLed Jair Jurrjens (hamstring). Medlen (8.15 K/9, 1.53 BB/9 this year) has a chance to expand his skills over longer outings.

Dominance doesn't always translate immediately when a reliever becomes a starter, so this might give a temporary hit to his value; however, he was a strikeout pitcher as a starter in the minors and in his brief stint last year.

The 24-year-old carries a long-established skill set that you should take a chance on. Maybe not against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, but for the long term, he's worth a shot based on his talent. How long he's a starter remains to be seen: Jurrjens isn't expected to miss much time, but maybe if he performs well Medlen could replace Kenshin Kawakami. Medlen is useful if and when he goes back to relief, too.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Craig Kimbrel, RP, Atlanta Braves

A potential successor to Billy Wagner, who's retiring after 2010, Kimbrel is the latest to join LIMAtlanta's bullpen. Consistently fanning more than a batter per nine innings in his minors career, the righty rung up 21 batters with a 1.20 ERA in 15 frames for Triple-A Gwinnett before his promotion.

As with Kris Medlen, Kimbrel, 21, is a high-impact K reliever who can help correct early-season ERA and WHIP damage for your deep squad. Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) isn't expected to be sidelined for long, but despite his potentially short MLB stint, the intriguing Kimbrel warrants a trial.

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 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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