Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Andrew Bailey, Josh Donaldson, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 18, 2013 @ 13:27:45 PDT

 

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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? Are they worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Hottest Pickups
Most frequently added in leagues polled

Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana
That creep can roll, man

Andrew Bailey, RP, Boston Red Sox

The BoSox's acting closer was a somewhat popular pickup this past weekend, but the saves seekers have come out in droves in the past few days. Perhaps it's because he locked down Beantown's 7-5 road victory yesterday against the Cleveland Indians with ease. Perhaps it's because John Farrell said that Joel Hanrahan (strained hamstring) wouldn't necessarily get his job back once he returned from the disabled list.

Perhaps all the above is because, as the Diamond Market noted on Monday, Bailey is pitching in peak form, and as long as he's healthy, he warrants ownership.

Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

Some folks loved this kid when he was expected to be Cincy's everyday shortstop entering 2012. The relative hype died down despite the fact that he'd enter 2013 completely recovered from the Tommy John surgery he underwent late in 2011 and which seemed to have some lingering effects on his performance with the bat in his first campaign following it.

Cozart, 27, began this season slowly but has collected nine hits, including two home runs and three doubles, in his last 22 at-bats (five games). In 163 career contests -- almost exactly one complete season -- he's a .249 hitter with 21 bombs and 89 runs scored. He's batted in the No. 2 spot in six of the last seven. Maybe he'll run a little, like he did on the farm. Getcha some.

Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox

This left-handed man of mystery may not need to reveal what's behind the curtain if he continues to pitch like this. He's 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA, 17 strikeouts and four walks in 17 2/3 frames despite a rough first outing. Quintana was 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA for the ChiSox last season, too, albeit with a more meager 5.35 K/9 and 2.77 BB/9.

Conventional wisdom suggests not to trust, wholeheartedly, the 24-year-old junk-baller for the long term. He's historically been stingy with the free pass, however, and he induces grounders often enough to be effective at the Cell. Still, Quintana is likely give up hits with greater frequency as the season progresses, and his game is prone to inconsistency.

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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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