Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 5, 2010 @ 12:00:00 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)

 

Catchers

Humberto Quintero, C, Houston Astros

J.R. Towles was demoted to Double-A, leaving Quintero as the starter. His weak batting eye and lack of promising flyball ability mean he might hurt more with extended playing time, outside of some token RBIs.

Problem is, mono managers with few waiver wire options in two-catcher setups might not have a choice but to pursue playing time. Your attachment to Quintero should be experimental.

Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy
Kennedy: nominated for your roster

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Ian Kennedy, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Kennedy's velocity won't top 90 mph by much, and his below-average groundball-to-flyball ratio doesn't alleviate the dangers of hitter-friendly Chase Field much. He could easily be tabbed as a risk in BABIP (.252) and strand rate (81.9 percent) at first glance.

But a right arm that has recovered from an aneurysm, a move to the National League and blossoming command (30 K's, 10 walks) are helping this former above-average prospect's climb. Kennedy has a 1.95 ERA in his last four starts.

The righty has moved away from his slider and is offering his changeup and curveball more frequently. You should feel safe sticking him at the end of your deep pitching staff.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets

The southpaw keeps the ball on the ground often and has developed his cutter, which has helped increase his dominance. A 79.4 percent strand rate rests significantly above his big league average, but his opponents' .368 BABIP has a good chance to go down. His homer suppression adds an element of safety to his game.

He's best used as a matchup play at home or against teams that struggle versus southpaws, but one of the Mets' more promising pitching prospects likely has a long leash in the rotation. He'll have a chance to build on his improving skills.

Shallow mixed: Watch

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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