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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

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NL Waiver Wire Gems

John Buck, C, Florida Marlins (34% owned Yahoo, 6.5% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .234/38/16/52/0

Buck has been quite hot the last two weeks, collecting 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and a .294 average. He is quietly on pace for 20/65 and, while the average sucks, you expect that from your backstop. Power is in short supply this year across the board, and Buck could prove to be a positive addition down the stretch if you are hurting for a catcher with some pop.

My Projection (all rest of season): .250/12/5/17/0

Logan Morrison, OF, Florida Marlins (29% Yahoo, 42.7% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .248/42/18/61/2

Mr. Immature is back! While I think the Marlins overreacted to Morrison’s shenanigan’s, maybe the send down will light a fire under him for the rest of the season, as he was not the same player the last few months that he was in April and May. He is only 3 for 16 since his return, but he does have a HR among those three hits; for him to be owned in less than 30% of leagues (a product of the demotion no doubt) is just plain wrong. Really, yahoo players, you own Pedro Alvarez (31%), Ty Wigginton (34%), and out for the season Stephen Drew (41%) more than this guy? Even accounting for those who have abandoned their teams, Mr. Morrison’s number should be higher.

My Projection: .270/15/5/17/2

James Loney, 1b, LA Dodgers (20% Yahoo, 20.1% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .274/36/8/44/3

Talk about coming out of the woodwork of irrelevance. Loney has channeled 2007 the last two weeks, going 18/40, with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and 9 runs. Jump on him while he’s hot if you are banged up at 1b, or need some utility help. It probably won’t last long, but his prowess could make your fantasy season next week if you are on the bubble for the playoffs.

My Projection: .285/15/4/18/1

Orlando Hudson, 2b, San Diego Padres (17% Yahoo, 33.1% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .257/42/4/37/17

Huddy has had his best stolen base production of his career with the run and gun Pods this year, and should break 20 fairly easily going forward. He also has been hitting for some serious average of late (.349 the last two weeks). I know, he is on the offensively challenges Friars, but if you are desperate for middle infield help and steals, I think he is a better option than Yuniesky Betancourt (33%), Rafael Furcal (35%), and Aaron Hill (47%)*

*Really, I don’t get the continued love for Hill. If you think he is going to return to his power charged 2009 ways in Arizona as compared to Toronto, I got an official Hurricane Irene ‘Go’ bag to sell ya – and you thought you were going to read something not referencing the storm this weekend.

My Projection: .270/15/1/12/5

J.D. Martinez, OF, Houston Astros (11% Yahoo, 18.1% ESPN)

Current Stat Line:  .296/14/5/24/0

Mining another woeful offense, Martinez has been prolific with the bat of late: 17/51 with a HR and ten RBIs in the last two weeks. Martinez is young and unpolished, but he will get plenty of chances to impress down the stretch for the historically bad ‘Stros. Deep league OF help, thy name is J.D.

My projection: .275/12/3/15/1

NL Waiver Wire Gems

Sorry its a day late folks, but here are some hidden gems in the NL who I think can provide some help for the stretch run:

Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals (45% Yahoo/59.2% ESPN)

Current Line: .225/55/17/55/12

Espy has not hit a home run since July 17th, and has seen his average drop 23 points, but he is likely due for one last surge here at the end of the season. Not too many second basemen available out there in over half of yahoo leagues can match his potential power/rbi/speed output. Gordon Beckham and Aaron Hill are owned in more yahoo leagues, which seems criminal. I think 20/15 is a lock, and 25/17 is not too far-fetched.

My Projection (all rest of season): .235/23/7/25/4

Jason Bay, OF, NY Mets (49% Yahoo/70.8% ESPN)

Current Line: .248/47/9/42/10

Bay has been a colossal disappointment to Mets fans everywhere since joining the team in 2010, and has also pretty much been a fantasy bust. However, if you are making a playoff run these last few weeks, all you care about is a player’s production this last month and a half (assuming you are in a redraft league). Bay has been very good the last two weeks: .311/11/3/6/1, and I think he will provide decent spot starter OF numbers the rest of the way. This is a guy who used to average 30/100 through 2009, so he has not completely forgotten how to hit, citifield notwithstanding. Bay did clear waivers today, according to ESPN NY, but anyone think a team might take on the rest of his 66 million dollar contract? Well, anyone but the White Sox?

My Projection: .255/20/6/20/5

Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (41% Yahoo/18.8% ESPN)

Current Line: .265/39/3/15/14

Tabata was a trendy pick this year, and unfortunately for me, I went along with this trend. He started the season red-hot, then fizzled, then got hurt, out since the end of June with a strained quad. Tabata is due to return to the Pirates this week, and, if his legs are fully healed, could be a big run/speed contributor. He should even be a plus average bat. If the Bucs use him at the top of the order, Tabata could be a Michael Bourne Light the rest of the way.

My Projection: .275/22/3/12/10

Jason Barlett, SS, San Diego Padres (21% Yahoo/17% ESPN)

Current Line: .254/50/2/33/22

Bartlett has been hot of late, and that is half of what gets a low owned player mentioned here, since being hot in Mid-August could be enough to stay hot into September. He is hitting .300 with a HR and 10 RBIs the past two weeks, and we know from his 2009 season that he is capable of going on ridiculous runs (even though that season was a huge outlier, to say the least). Given the dearth of production at SS in both leagues, Bartlett is worth a flier for his speed and average. Not saying he will save your team from extinction, but he should be better than Ryan Theriot, Darwin Barney, and Ian Desmond, all who are owned in more yahoo leagues.

My Projection: .265/16/1/17/10

Javier Vazquez, SP, Florida Marlins (37% Yahoo/15.5% ESPN)

Current Line: 4.68/1.39/104/7-10

Vasquez is much maligned, but lately, he’s been very useful. He has struck out 18 in his last 20 innings, with a 2.25 ERA and .90 WHIP. Go back even further, to June 16, and his ERA has dropped over two runs since then. Javy has San Diego at Petco coming up this week, so a perfect time to add him.

My Projection: 3.95/1.25/40/2-3

2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Gordon Beckham

 

Gordon Beckham’s 2010 season was riddled with inconsistencies and injuries. 

In the first half of 2010, Beckham hit only .216 with three home runs. He was flirting with Mr. Mendoza the whole month of June, hitting .199 as late as June 23.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Bust: Rickie Weeks

 

Rickie Weeks dominated in 2010.

His final stats of 112/29/83/11 and triple slash line of .269/.366/.464 were impressive to say the least.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Preview: Part 1

8 home runs in a month? Coming right up (AP Photo/John Dunn)

Every year, highly regarded prospects with little to no previous MLB exposure are hyped as possible fantasy studs for the upcoming season.  It may not surprise anyone that, for the most part, first year players struggle to live up to expectations for a myriad of reasons: injury, lack of roster space/position blocking, regression at the high A level, financial reasons (read: arbitration eligibility deferral).  But this doesn’t stop us in the fantasy world from dreaming that we will draft the next Jason Heyward or Ryan Braun or pick up the next Mike Stanton, Kevin Maas or Shane Spencer off of waivers (Yes, I am a Yankee fan; I am enlightened) – and hopefully avoid the next Alex Gordon or Brandon Wood.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: Aaron Hill

Has everyone forgotten the fact that this guy is one year removed from a 36 HR season? In some mock drafts, I’ve seen Hill taken outside of the top 10 2nd Baseman!

Hill’s overall slash line dropped in a big way to 205/271/394 even though his BB% (7.1) and K% (16.1) remained close to his career marks of BB% (6.7), K% (14.4)respectively. Last year Hill posted a .196 BABIP. His career BABIP before 2010 was .307! However this is not all due to bad luck as many have suggested. In 2010 Hill’s line drive rate was 10.6%, worst in all of baseball. His fly ball rate was 54.2%, 5th highest in baseball. If he can manage to level out his swing, his ratios should creep closer to his career marks of 18.5% LD/41.4% FB.

Since Vernon Wells has left town, Hill will be hitting out of the 5 spot in the Jays potent lineup with Rajai Davis and Yunel Escobar occupying the 1 & 2 spots.

When ranking Aaron Hill this year, think 2009 with power regression. Hill may finish the season as a top 5 2B. I will be drafting him!

2011 Projection: 281 AVG, 27 HR, 89 RBI, 79 R, 4 SB