Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Everybody wants Taijuan Walker, Matt Dominguez taking trots, more

by Tim Heaney on August 29, 2013 @ 11:54:20 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?

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SP Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners

Walker will debut for the M's on Friday versus the Houston Astros. (Tasty.) Expect Seattle to limit his starts and, potentially, his innings/pitch count in each effort, which may cap his potential for multiple wins. (As if they don't handcuff him there already.)

Of course, even at this point, chasing wins can be disastrous, and he's worth owning for his potential alone. Control may plague him initially because he has stumbled a bit at Triple-A Tacoma, but he's worth a rational mixed bid (sorry, AL-only dancers will have to pay heavily) for his pedigree alone.

SP Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Dodgers

Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez
Dominguez powering through

In the parlance of Amy Poehler, Seth Myers and "The Miz": Really? You're all just catching on now? Someone who had three monthly FIPs of 3.72 or lower -- before LA nabbed him in July -- wouldn't improve by going to a slightly less emphatic pitcher haven and gaining legit offensive support?

Dude has jacked up his strikeout rate from 5.89 to 7.31, along with a corresponding uptick in opponents' swinging-strike frequency from 8.5 percent to 10.5. His slide piece and two-seamer look much better. It makes him less of a crapshoot than his former more contact-based self.

Nolasco's peripherals don't predict a downturn, and he's in an optimal place to combat his lingering homer allowance. Enjoy.

1B/OF Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics

Moss, who turns 30 next month, has brief sprouting periods in the ownership column when he goes on homer binges, including the trio he hit over Tuesday and Wednesday. He smacked one during Thursday action, too, to make it eight in August at the time of publication. His 25 taters have already topped his 21 from his breakthrough 2012, but, more rationally, his clip hasn't lived up to the lofty .291 precedent.

A normalization in his production versus southpaws constitutes the drop-off. This is the Moss you should expect the rest of the way: an outstanding play versus the majority handedness whose value is still driven by thump.

2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals

This dice roll seems to have paid off, at least in the short term. He's hitting .306 and is 8-for-8 in swipe attempts since joining the Royals. The clip is probably a tad above his 5-foot-11 stature, but in the second half, he's putting out a ton of ropes -- 30.0 percent of his contact, to be exact, along with his typical grounder inundation of 50.0 percent.

Boni should continue attempting larceny, which remains Reason 1 to own him.

Best Available: Astros infielder, Diamondbacks outfielder

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