2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

James Loney, 1B Los Angeles Dodgers ( 36 percent owned in Yahoo, 56 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .277 AVG / 44 R / 9 HR / 51 RBI / 3 SB

Loney was mentioned here by Chris I. last week and he continues to put up video game numbers. Since August 21st (12 games) he has hit a ridiculous .451/13/4/14/0. During the streak he has hit second and fifth in the lineup. He will not lose time to Jerry Sands regardless of what ESPN experts say.

Projection (rest of season): .290 AVG / 12 R / 4 HR / 12 RBI / 1 SB

Aaron Hill, 2B Arizona Diamondbacks ( 48 percent owned in Yahoo, 57 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .234 AVG / 41 R / 7 HR / 51 RBI / 16 SB

I never would have thought a change of scenery would have helped Hill. But it looks like a switch to Chase Field was all he needed. In his nine games since joining the DBacks he has hit .353/4/1/7/0. He has been hitting second for the DBacks so you can expect solid production in runs and stolen bases through the end of the year.

Projection (rest of season): .275 AVG / 13 R / 3 HR / 11 RBI / 3 SB

Jose Altuve, 2B Houston Astros ( 5 percent owned in Yahoo, 6.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .304 AVG / 21 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 5 SB

Jose Altuve is grossly under-owned mostly because he plays for the Astros. Across three levels this year he has hit .361/77/12/70/29. There are currently 51 two-baggers owned ahead of him but I would easily have him in the top 20 going forward.

Projection (rest of season): .300 AVG / 13 R / 2 HR / 9 RBI / 5 SB

Lucas Duda, 1B/OF New York Mets ( 15 percent owned in Yahoo, 46.7 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .291 AVG / 31 R / 8 HR / 42 RBI / 1 SB

Lucas Duda has been a very consistent and versatile performer for the Mets this season. Since the All-Star break (45 games) he has hit .333/23/8/30. He is now batting third for the Mets ahead of David Wright. Before getting the call this season he was hitting .302/22/10/24 in 38 games for the Mets’ Triple-A team.

Projection (rest of season): .280 AVG / 13 R / 4 HR / 13 RBI / 0 SB

Javier Vazquez, SP Florida Marlins ( 45 percent owned in Yahoo, 34.9 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 8 W / 11 L / 126 K / 4.42 ERA / 1.32 WHIP

Javier Vazquez has looked like the Javier Vazquez of old since July 27th. In those past seven starts he has a miniscule 2.11 ERA with a superb 44:10 K:BB in 47 IP. His velocity has increased and he has walked fewer men. His schedule sets up nicely for the start of your fantasy baseball playoffs, NYM 9/5, @PIT 9/11.

Projection (rest of season): 3 W / 1 L / 27 K / 3.30 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

All stats are current as of 9/3/11, 1:00 PM

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