Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Chase Utley, Stephen Drew, Freddy Garcia

by Nicholas Minnix on June 27, 2012 @ 00:52:31 PDT

 


KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia will activate him on Wednesday. Last week, Keith warned roto owners about dismissing him too easily.

The reports on his performance and the condition of his knees are quite encouraging. Utley is a better fantasy contributor than another MI candidate making his return today, and his forecast appears to be brighter, too.

10-tm mixed: Consider
12-tm mixed:
Acquire
15-tm mixed:
Acquire
NL-only:
Acquire

Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

The D'backs will activate Drew today, nearly one year after he sustained a gruesome fracture of his right ankle last season. A couple of weeks ago, Keith urged you to consider stashing the shortstop if you were hurting at the position.

That kind of rec still applies, but it's important to stress how difficult it will probably be for Drew to have a roto impact. He won't play every day, at least initially. He won't have full strength in the area of that right ankle for weeks, probably months, which will affect his ability in the box.

Ken Kendrick's ignorance aside, Drew is a free agent when this season ends and will make his healthy the priority, understandably.

10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed:
Watch
15-tm mixed:
Acquire
NL-only:
Acquire

Freddy Garcia, P, New York Yankees

The Bombers placed CC Sabathia (strained groin) on the DL and will have Garcia get them by, probably through the two and a half weeks until the All-Star break.

As you'll recall, Garcia was miserable in four starts (12.51 ERA) before Joe Girardi put the righty in the bullpen. In nine games (15 stanzas) there, Garcia has posted a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, mostly while pitching in mop-up duty. Today, he spun 2 1/3 perfect innings against the Cleveland Indians in a very tight affair, it should be noted.

The improved performance is encouraging for those in very deep leagues who are considering a gamble. As a reliever, Garcia has demonstrated the veteran ability he's always possessed to set up big-league hitters and prompt them to chase the pitches he wants.

Garcia is savvy enough to get through five innings for a couple of outings for the Yanks. Roto testing it is a gamble, of course, but he has to be better than he was in April.

10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed:
Pass
15-tm mixed:
Pass
AL-only:
Consider

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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