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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League


BOSTON, MA - JULY 27:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals rounds first base after he hit a three run homer in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox on July 27, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Elsa/Getty Images
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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

2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League


CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10:  Jemile Weeks #19 of the Oakland Athletics hits the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 10, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 7-5.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 05:  Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is greeted as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run in the third inning against the New York Yankees on June 5, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Yankees won 5-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Jorge Posada, C New York Yankees ( 43 percent owned in Yahoo, 36.9 percent owned in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .239 AVG / 19 R / 9 HR / 27 RBI / 0 SB

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Seth Smith, OF Colorado Rockies ( 39 Percent owned in Yahoo, 66 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line- .315 AVG / 36 R / 8 HR / 33 RBI / 3 SB

We should  rename this post, “Seth Smith and Four Other NL Waiver Wire Gems.” I have been putting Smith’s name up here every other week yet he gets no respect. His .396 wOBA ranks 13th in all of baseball just behind Votto, Braun, Granderson, and Upton (the good one). His .919 OPS ranks him 12th in the MLB.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Derrek Lee, 1B Baltimore Orioles (26 percent owned in Yahoo, 28.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line- .247 AVG / 26 R / 5 HR / 19 RBI / 2 SB

Lee has certainly not lived up to expectations so far in 2011 but his bat seems to be coming alive. In the past seven games Lee has hit .438 with five XBH and six runs. He has been shuffled between the fourth and sixth spot in the lineup so if he can stay healthy, he should help your team in AVG and RBI.
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Kenley Jansen, RP Los Angeles Dodgers ( 5 percent owned in Yahoo, percent ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 1 W / 1 L / 36 K / 6.14 ERA / 1.59 WHIP / 1 SV

Jansen struggled greatly before he landed on the DL for shoulder inflammation. Aside from the injury, a .375 BABIP, 66 percent strand rate and 13 percent HR/FB percentage, did not help matters. While rehabbing he also worked on his slider and split-finger. The Dodgers don’t have many options for the closer role so expect Jansen to pick up some save opportunities. He may even take over the job full-time.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Angel Pagan, OF New York Mets ( 45 percent owned in Yahoo, 74.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .242 AVG / 16 R / 1 HR / 13 RBI / 9 SB

Pagan’s season couldn’t have started out much worse. He started the year hitting .159 AVG through April 21st then suffered an oblique injury that caused him to miss more than a month. It seems like the time off just may have been what he needed. Since his return he has hit .339 AVG, 9 R, 7 RBI, 5 SB in 15 games. Right now he is hitting in the five-spot but a move to leadoff is possible if the Mets move Jose Reyes.

Projection: .275 AVG / 53 R / 7 HR / 47 RBI / 25 SB

Todd Helton, 1B Colorado Rockies ( 41 percent owned in Yahoo, 61.4 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .322 AVG / 28 R / 8 HR / 28 RBI / 0 SB

Todd Helton seems to be having a bounce back year. He has been slowed the past few years with injuries to his back but when he has been in the lineup, he has produced. As recently as ’09 he went .329 AVG, 79 R, 15 HR, 86 RBI. Helton has never been the “sexy” pick but I can’t understand this ownership level.

Projection: .318 AVG / 70 R / 17 HR / 72 RBI / 0 SB

Anthony Rizzo, 1B San Diego Padres ( 23 percent owned in Yahoo, 40.5 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .429 AVG / 2 R / 1 HR / 1 RBI / 0 SB

Before getting the call to San Diego, Rizzo was crushing the PCL. He put up a line of .365 AVG, 42 R, 16 HR, 63 RBI prior to the call. For those of you who don’t know, the PCL is extremely hitter friendly and Petco Park is the worst for left-handed batters. Rizzo is here to be the Padres 1B everyday.

Projection: .255 AVG / 37 R / 11 HR / 40 RBI / 2 SB

Dee Gordon, SS Los Angeles Dodgers ( 15 percent owned in Yahoo)

Current Stat Line: .304 AVG / 4 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 2 SB

Dee Gordon has stepped in nicely as the everyday SS and leadoff hitter for the Dodgers. He doesn’t project as a power threat but he has stolen 22 bases in the minors this year. The team does not have any better options because Furcal has been out since June 4 with an oblique injury.

Projection: .279 AVG / 50 R / 1 HR / 20 RBI / 26 SB

Tim Stauffer, SP San Diego Padres ( 39 percent owned in Yahoo, 17.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 2 W / 4 L / 63 K / 3.58 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

Tim Stauffer has pitched better than what his surface numbers would indicate. He currently owns a 7.27 K/9 and 2.31 BB/9 to go along with a xFIP of 3.07. He looked stellar against the Rockies and he gets the Nationals today so get him while you can!

Projection: 9 W / 10 L / 150 K / 3.50 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

J.J. Hardy, SS Baltimore Orioles (23% owned in Yahoo, 37.1% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .288 AVG / 19 R / 6 HR / 19 RBI / 0 SB

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