Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on August 28, 2009 @ 13:00:00 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

Fantasy baseball waivers and discarded fantasy baseball players 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.

When is it time to give up on your fantasy baseball sleepers? Which players are worth retaining? KFFL.com's Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)

Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues

Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)

Outfielders

Washington Nationals OF Nyjer Morgan
Morgan owners look ahead to 2010

Nyjer Morgan, Washington Nationals

With a broken hand sidelining the speedster for the rest of the season, single-season owners can cut the cord. Keeper leaguers will have to wait for his breakout to continue next year.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-only: Discard

Starting pitchers

Kenshin Kawakami, Atlanta Braves

With Tim Hudson (elbow) returning to the Bravos' rotation, Kawakami gets the hook, at least for Monday's start. This may be a blessing in disguise, because Kawakami had to adjust to the workload in a five-man rotation and was suffering from some shoulder fatigue. 

Even if Hudson pitches well in his audition to stay with Atlanta in 2010, the Braves still expect Double K to make more starts this year. The Braves play 15 road games and 12 home games in September; Kawakami struggled away from Turner Field this year. You may be able to peg him for a matchup play later on, but you can let him rest on your waiver wire for now.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-only: Hold

Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers

The Tigs sent Galarraga to Triple-A Toledo to rest because he has inflammation in his right elbow. He's expected to miss only one start on 10 days' rest and will return to Detroit after rosters expand Sept. 1. This is not so much alarming as it is a wakeup call that you shouldn't be hanging on to him in mixed setups.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Hold

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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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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