2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Peter Bourjos, OF Los Angeles Angels ( 42 percent owned in Yahoo, 69.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .281 AVG / 55 R / 8 HR / 32 RBI / 17 SB

Peter Bourjos remains one of the hottest hitters in the AL. Since he was mentioned here last week, he has hit .320/4/2/5/0 in 5 games. For the month of August Bourjos has hit .349/17/5/11/3. He is still hitting leadoff for the Angels so he will continue to put up great numbers for your fantasy team down the stretch.

Projection (rest of season): .280 AVG / 19 R / 3 HR / 11 RBI / 5 SB

Delmon Young, OF Detroit Tigers ( 46 percent owned in Yahoo, 60.3 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .272 AVG / 30 R / 6 HR / 41 RBI / 1 SB

My favorite part about Young moving to the Tigers is that he’s batting third for them. With Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez batting behind him, he has protection in the line-up. He will show a bit more power for the Tigers too. Young only hit 4 HR in 305 ab with the Twins but, he already has 2 HR in his first 48 AB with the Tigers. He is hitting .313 with the Tigers and .311 with 14 RBI in his past 20 games overall.

Projection (rest of season): .290 AVG / 16 R / 4 HR / 17 RBI / 1 SB

Kyle Seager, 2B/3B Seattle Mariners ( 7 percent owned in Yahoo, 6.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .310 AVG / 11 R / 2 HR / 5 RBI / 0 SB

Seager started slow out the gates but he is now looking very comfortable at the plate. In his past nine games he has hit .514/8/2/5/0. He is obviously somewhat held back by the Mariners lineup but they have been hitting well lately. Seager makes for the perfect back-up in daily leagues because he is eligible at multiple positions and he plays on the west coast. In ESPN leagues he is still only eligible at 3B. He has started two games at SS, I’m crossing my fingers that he will get a few more.

Projection (rest of season): .283 AVG / 13 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 1 SB

Brandon Allen, 1B/OF Oakland Athletics ( 4 percent owned in Yahoo, 6 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .286 AVG / 16 R / 5 HR / 13 RBI / 1 SB

Brandon Allen is a hitter that can put up good power numbers for you down the stretch. In 422 AB with four different teams, he has hit 28 home runs. He strikes out too much but he can take a walk so he remains valuable in OBP leagues (.371 OBP). Right now it would be difficult to start him against lefties but he has no competition in Oakland if you really needed to start him every day. He reminds me of a young Ryan Howard.

Projection (rest of season): .255 AVG / 14 R / 5 HR / 18 RBI / 0 SB

Doug Fister, SP Detroit Tigers ( 21 percent owned in Yahoo, 12.4 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 6 W / 13 L / 106 K / 3.35 ERA / 1.19 WHIP

Doug Fister is finaly starting to figure things out in Detroit. In his past two starts with his new team he is 2-0/1 ER/12 K/1 BB. His schedule the rest of the way is just laughable and check out who he has on tap for your fantasy playoff run, 9/4 CHI, 9/10 MIN, 9/15 @OAK, 9/21 @KC.

Projection (rest of season): 3 W / 1 L / 26 K / 3.15 ERA / 1.10 WHIP

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