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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 10: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI double against the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on August 10, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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07.20.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Proof where I was…first timer!


4th and Home Player of the Day: Jacoby Ellsbury – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Career year as he slipped in drafts when jerks like me were telling you to pass.

The Bats:
Jay Bruce
– 2/2, R, SB…Another hot month and he’ll finish the year with 35 bombs and double-digit steals. Might’ve been your last year to get him cheap.

Jayson Werth – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…Will you be happy with a .220/20/60 final line? No? Well that’s what you’re getting.

Jimmy Rollins – 3/5, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Facing Dempster on a bad Dempster day is like Christmas in July.

Hideki Matsui – 3/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…A Werth-like .220/15/75 for a tenth of the price.

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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

06.16.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well it was a sad day as I finally had to cut ties with Matt Joyce. Hey, I had to activate Jason Heyward!

Box scores, please…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Cliff Lee – 2-hit SHO/4:2…The pitching gems just keep on coming.

The Bats:
Adam Lind
– 2/4, R, HR, RBI…Still at it.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, R, HR, RBI…Now 5 HR in June and batting over .400. Did you listen to Killboy?

Kosuke Fukudome – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI…Batting ,301 now as half-a-platooner.

Alfonso Soriano – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Batting .275 with 13 HR. Not bad considering he’s missed some time.

Ryan Braun – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Like Kemp, also on pace for a 30/40 season. I’m inclined to think his steals drop soon.

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06.15.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, Seattle promoted Dustin Ackley days before the scheduled Monday call-up, so go on and grab him if you can.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Josh Beckett – 1-hit SHO/6:0…We’ve seen some dominating performances the past two nights and this ranks right up there with Verlander’s.

The Bats:
Jimmy Rollins
– 2/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…J-Roll stayed hot in game one of the double-header vs. the Fish.

Wilson Valdez – 3/4, R, 3 RBI…No place for him to play in that infield.

Shane Victorino – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB…He only has 11 SBs? Well, 20 is in the bag and he has an outside shot at going 20/30.

Mark Teixeira – 3/5, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…Teix is now tied with Grandy and Bautista for the league lead with 21 homers. He’s been on fire!

Robinson Cano – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI, SB…BSFU!

Eduardo Nunez – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 SB…BFSU2!

Ian Kinsler – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BFSU3!

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06.14.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A great show last night. You have to listen to hear the crazy Killboy story. Too insane to believe!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Justin Verlander – 2-hit SHO, 12K…Verlander walked Brantley in the 7th to end the perfect game and then gave up a single to Cabrera in the 8th to end the no-no. Besides that, another dominating outing by Verlander.

The Bats:
Domonic Brown
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…The Rook is holding his own. I think he may explode this summer.

Jimmy Rollins – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…J-Roll needs to get going for owners and the Phillies.

Chase Utley – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…I think he is just about BACK.

Shane Victorino – 3/5, 2 R…Look for him also to explode this summer when the Phillies offense starts clicking.

Brett Gardner – 3/4, 3 R, RBI, SB…Time for him to get going while Loverboy is on the DL.

Curtis Granderson – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…The HRs just keep on coming.

Nick Swisher – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Been a rough year so far for Swish.

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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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05.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Still trying to process how Cliff Lee can strike out 16 and lose, oh that’s right the Phil’s bats went back to sleep and they hate facing Derek Lowe who took a no-no into the 7th.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Andre Ethier – 3/5… The Streak is now at 30!

Ryan Howard – 0/4 3 Ks… 3 for his last 24 since the Grand Slam

Chipper Jones – 2/5, R, RBI… Larry’s 24th RBI, 5th in the NL.

Jay Bruce – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI… Bruce’s 7th on the year, 2nd in as many days…could be going on a tear.

Jason Bourgeois – 3/5, R, SB… The Astros’ new lead off hitter is on a tear – 6 game hitting streak which includes 4 multi hit games and SBs in 5 of 6 games.  He better be on your radar by now if not in your lineup, now batting .412 with 12 sb!

Hunter Pence – 2/4, R, 2 RBI… Pence now batting .300 with 10 2B and 27 RBI… but when will some of these doubles start to leave the park (none the past 9 games)?

Derrek Lee – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, BB… Lee’s 3rd HR but it’s his 2nd this week – Lee is starting to show signs of life that Killboy was looking for as a sleeper candidate.

Adam Lind – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR… Lind now batting .317 with 7 HR, 11 game hitting streak which includes 6 HR!  He is en fuego.

Jose Reyes – 3/4, 2 R, BB, SB… Joe King continues his quest to play his way out of Queens.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DESIGNATED HITTER

Short and sweet, here are our DH rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Adam Dunn 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Vladimir Guerrero 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 Michael Young 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 David Ortiz 4 5 4 5 5 4.6
5 Adam Lind 4 5 4 4 4.6

2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee had a down year in 2010. Lee’s 19 home runs marked his lowest total since 1998 (min. 250 PA). His 80 runs were his lowest total since 2000. His 80 RBI were his lowest total since 2001.

I suppose saying he had a “down year” is a bit of an understatement. From 2007-2009 Lee averaged 26 home runs, 92 runs, 94 RBI, .304 AVG and a .340 BABIP. So what gives?

A closer look at Derrek Lee’s peripherals suggests serious unluckiness. Lee’s 2010 BABIP of .309 is his lowest since 2004 and doesn’t match his .322 career mark. The huge dip in his BABIP doesn’t jive with his 22.5 percent line-drive rate and career-low 1.3 percent infield fly-ball rate. All of Lee’s other peripherals are fairly similar to his career.

The Orioles offense looks very strong for 2011. Lee will be batting third behind Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis who get on base at a decent clip. Vladimir Guerrero, Luke Scott and Mark Reynolds will be batting behind him. Lee is hitting in a much-improved lineup and looks to have the perfect setup. Derrek Lee will have boatloads of opportunities to score and drive in runs.

Camden Yards has a 126 home run index for right-handed hitters. Compare that to Turner Field (92) and Wrigley Field (102).

Derrek Lee’s current ADP is 273. He is being taken after Adam Lind (182.1), Adam LaRoche (182.6), Carlos Pena (197.3), Gabby Sanchez (210.9) and Ike Davis (228.9). Adam LaRoche put up the best line of the five listed with .261/75/25/100. Those numbers are certainly obtainable.

It’s no guarantee that Lee will outperform all these guys but, the value is certainly there. Why even waste a pick on Paul Konerko (70.8), Billy Butler (84.1) or Aubrey Huff (107.2) when you can draft Derrek Lee 140-185 picks later?

2011 Projection: .291 AVG, 85 R, 27 HR, 93 RBI, 1 SB