2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Cameron Maybin, OF San Diego Padres ( 35 percent owned in Yahoo, 57.5 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .283 AVG / 49 R / 6 HR / 27 RBI / 22 SB

Maybin can really fill up a stat sheet. During his ten game hitting streak, he is hitting .422/11/1/6/10. Don’t expect a .280 average going forward because his contact rates are Uggla-like (72.5 percent) but he will be a good source of runs and steals going forward.

Projection (rest of season): .250 AVG / 34 R / 4 HR / 24 RBI / 10 SB

Dexter Fowler, OF Colorado Rockies ( 18 percent owned in Yahoo, 20.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .250 AVG / 43 R / 0 HR / 24 RBI / 5 SB

After Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15 day DL, Dexter Fowler got the call once again. He knows he will have to prove himself to stay in the lineup when CarGo returns. In the past six games Fowler has hit leadoff while batting .454/5/0/5/2. I would like to see him more active on the basepaths but deeper leagues should try him out while he’s hot.

Projection (rest of season): .265 AVG / 28 R / 2 HR / 19 RBI / 6 SB

Nate Schierholtz, OF San Francisco Giants ( 15 percent owned in Yahoo, 50.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .287 AVG / 33 R / 7 HR / 36 RBI / 7 SB

Schierholtz is quietly putting together a pretty solid season for the Giants. He owns an overall triple slash line of .287/.331/.444 and a .382 wOBA for the month of July. He mostly hits out of the five-spot in the order so he should at least be a decent source of RBIs. Beware if the Giants end up trading for a player like Carlos Beltran, because Schierholtz may find his way into a platoon situation.

Projection (rest of season): .280 AVG / 21 R / 5 HR / 29 RBI / 5 SB

Vance Worley, SP Philadelphia Phillies ( 50 percent owned in Yahoo, 78.6 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 6 W / 1 L / 48 K / 2.02 ERA / 1.19 WHIP

Worley has been a good surprise for the Phillies this year. He won’t put up huge strikeout numbers but he does a good job of drawing weak contact and getting groundball outs. Hitters will still have trouble with Worley because they are not familiar with him yet. You may want to consider benching him when he is set to start against a team he has faced before. In his second start against the Mets, he gave up 8 R/3 IP.

Projection (rest of season): 4 W / 3 L / 37 K / 3.85 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

Jason Isringhausen, RP New York Mets ( 29 percent owned in Yahoo, 46.4 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 2 W / 0 L / 28 K / 2.67  ERA / 1.13 WHIP / 2 SV

Isringhausen is the closer for the Mets and Bobby Parnell’s blowup against the Marlins last night (1 IP, 2 ER), only solidifies the closing gig. Izzy has plenty of experience in the closer’s role (295 career saves) so give him a shot.

Projection (rest of season): 2 W / 1 L / 19 K / 3.10 ERA / 1.20 WHIP / 10 SV

*All stats are current as of 7/25/11, 10:00 AM

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