Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

by Tim Heaney on September 18, 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)

Catchers

Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs

Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs
Soto no longer a pretender?

In times like these, you learn to live again. The Foo Fighters forgot to mention you can also learn to love early-season disappointments again.

Soto looks more like the Soto of 2008. He has a hit in seven of his last eight games, during which he has posted a .367-2-12 line with six runs scored, five walks and only one strikeout. Two-catcher leaguers should at least grab him, and he has the potential to perform as a top-10 (top-five?) catcher for what's left of the fantasy season.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Shortstops

Josh A. Wilson, Seattle Mariners

Jack Wilson (heel) is expected to miss 10 to 15 days, meaning the other Wilson will probably see the lion's share at short. Only AL owners should care about the other light-hitting Wilson's increase in PT.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Acquire

Starting pitchers

Tom Gorzelanny, Chicago Cubs

Rich Harden may or may not be shut down for the season, but he'll at least miss his start Monday, and Gorzy will start in his place at the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew hits lefties pretty well, so the matchup isn't good, but if he were to take Harden's place permanently, he would be slated to pitch against the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-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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