Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 14, 2010 @ 13:00:00 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market give you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)


Middle infielders

Freddy Sanchez, 2B, San Francisco Giants

San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos
Triple vanilla Latos, cream, no sugar

Sanchez (knee, shoulder) could make his 2010 debut Wednesday if a weekend rehab assignment goes well. He's capable of hitting .300, despite a shaky batting eye, because he makes frequent contact and keeps the ball on the ground.

Sanchez is streaky, unexciting and unhelpful with steals. Hold on: When you also consider his acceptable track records in homers and runs scored, he looks more attractive to owners desperate for middle infield help.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire


Mat Latos, SP, San Diego Padres

Of course your league mates will run - or have run - to pick up Latos after he dominated the not-so-intimidating San Francisco Giants Thursday. He allowed a single knock, but Latos isn't a one-hit wonder, a la Chumbawamba.

His dominance isn't yet top-notch but will grow. Though he pitches half of his games at PETCO Park, he still forces opponents to the ground(balls). Latos has embraced his slider and has sparkling control potential.

He skipped Triple-A but doesn't seem to need more time on the farm. San Diego conserved his arm well in the bigs last season to prime him for a bigger 2010 role. Latos lines up to face the Giants again next week, followed by the Seattle Mariners; sounds like a springboard for shallows.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Aaron Harang, SP, Cincinnati Reds

A more aggressive approach, including a bigger diet of fastballs, has turned around the stocky righty's performance in his last three starts. Giving up homers remains his biggest warning sign, but he's inducing more groundballs.

His command also remains sparkling, and his strand rate could be in line for a huge improvement. The 32-year-old has the upside of a No. 3 mixed starter if he can sustain his adjustments.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Jeff Francis, SP, Colorado Rockies

A reminder: Francis' return will come Sunday at home against the Washington Nationals. Start him at your own risk there, but don't lose track of him long term.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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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.

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