2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Josh Willingham, OF Oakland Athletics ( 35 percent owned in Yahoo, 78.6 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .249 AVG / 51 R / 21 HR / 71 RBI / 4 SB

Since I mentioned him back on August 6th, he has gone .289/10/5/10/0 in only 13 games. If you extrapolate his current stat line to 600 AB you get a line of .249/84/35/117/6. Everyone must be scared away by the batting average but if it makes you feel any better, he’s hit .265 since the break.

Projection (rest of season): .255 AVG / 18 R / 7 HR / 23 RBI / 1 SB

Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B Toronto Blue Jays ( 50 percent owned in Yahoo, 94.2 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .367 AVG / 8 R / 3 HR / 10 RBI / 1 SB

Since Lawrie got the call, he has reached base in every game except one. As predicted, he has jumped Aaron Hill and JC Arencibia in the order and now sits in the seven spot. I could even see him batting second in the order when the Jays are facing a lefty.

Projection (rest of season): .285 AVG / 17 R / 4 HR / 19 RBI / 3 SB

Peter Bourjos, OF Los Angeles Angels ( 16 percent owned in Yahoo, 10.7 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .278 AVG / 51 R / 6 HR / 27 RBI / 17 SB

Bourjos has been on fire for the month of August. Since August 2nd he has batted .362/13/3/6/3 with only 9 K. Bourjos has had a few appearances in the leadoff spot recently so if that continues, you should see some solid production.

Projection (rest of season): .270 AVG / 20 R / 3 HR / 13 RBI / 5 SB

Mitch Moreland, 1B/OF Texas Rangers ( 35 percent owned in Yahoo, 92.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .280 AVG / 56 R / 16 HR / 46 RBI / 2 SB

Another hot player in August has been Mitch Moreland. In the past 13 games he has hit .364/11/3/13/0 and a mind-boggling 10:2 BB:9. Even though he isn’t very productive against lefties (.588 OPS), he is playing nearly everyday in a very productive AL lineup.

Projection (rest of season): .275 AVG / 18 R / 5 HR / 20 RBI / 0 SB

Phil Hughes, SP New York Yankees ( 41 percent owned in Yahoo, 39.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 4 W / 4 L / 28 K / 5.75 ERA / 1.47 WHIP

I think Hughes’ spot in the rotation has been solidified with his solid run in August. Since July 27th he has a decent K/BB of 2.5 but prior to that it was a horrid 1.08. His batted ball profile has also improved. His GB/FB in April was 0.40, in July it increased to 0.67, and in August he sits at 1.24. To be successful in Yankees Stadium, he will have to continue to keep his walks down and induce groundballs. His schedule during fantasy baseball playoff time could be worse, TOR, BAL, @LAA, @SEA, @TOR.

Projection (rest of season): 4 W / 1 L / 38 K / 3.60 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

*All stats are current as of 8/20/11, 12:00 PM.

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