NL Waiver Wire Gems

Stats are as of Friday, July 29th.

Ryan Ludwick, OF, San Diego Padres (29% owned Yahoo, 44.5% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .238/41/11/62/1

Nothing impressive except for RBIs, but he could move to a contender in the next few days and not have to deal with Petco. Has an outside shot at 20 hr/100 runs batted in, and no matter the avg., that has value in almost every league. 10 HRs and 35 RBIs the rest of the way are not out of the question.

My Projection (all rest of season): .245/25/9/32/1

Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies (22% Yahoo, 32.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .261/45/0/26/6

Fowler has been on fire since returning to the Rox on 7/15. He provides steals and runs even when not hitting around .370 and having multi-RBI games, but now is the time to ride him if he fills a need. Batting near or at the top of the Colorado line up for probably the rest of the season should make him a valuable commodity in all deep leagues, and I think you’ll see him run more in the next two months.

My Projection: .265/35/3/20/13

David Freese, 3b, St. Louis Cardinals (39% Yahoo, 61.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .318/21/6/26/0

Freese slumped hard after coming back from injury at the end of June, but in the last week or so he has picked it back up, slugging 3 HRs and driving in 7 runs. Given the sad state of 3b in the NL, his decent avg/power profile could prove very useful down the stretch in deep leagues; just don’t expect him to be David Wright.

My Projection: .275/20/7/24/1

Josh Collmenter, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (40% Yahoo, 52.1% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 3.10/.99/63/6-6

Collmenter went through a predictable rough patch in June/beginning of July, but has since rebounded, providing quality starts in three of his last four (Friday, not so much, as he got lit up for 7 H, 5 ER and a HR by the Dodgers). He has survived all year with a low K rate, and usually I hate pitchers who allow too many balls in play, but you can’t argue too much with the 3 era and sub 1 whip, even if it is pretty unsustainable from here on in. Even with the inevitable rise in both, he could be a back end of the rotation asset down the stretch in deep leagues.

My Projection: 4.00/1.25/38/4-3

Mark Melancon, RP, Houston Astros (37% Yahoo, 53% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 3.10/1.30/41/5-3

As a closer, this guy should be owned in many more leagues. Sure, he pitches for a bad team, but so do Joakim Soria, Leo Nunez, and Drew Storen, all much higher owned than this guy. He has had his bumps in the road like most relievers, but only has two blown saves since he became the closer; remember this is his first year in the hotseat. His K rate aint too shabby (41 in 48 innings), and he has cut down on his walks (only 3 in his last 10.1 innings).

My projection: 3.50/1.30/20/1-2/10 (era/whip/ks/w-l/saves)

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