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NL Waiver Wire Gems

Nyjer Morgan, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (17% owned Yahoo, 24.2% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .331/29/3/20/6

Morgan has very low ownership, partly due to him being in a platoon with Carlos Gomez, but he seems to have gotten the bulk of the starts of late. Nyjer boasts superior plate discipline and comparable fielding prowess to his centerfield counterpart, and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, with 1 HR, 6 RBIs, and a steal (yea, need to see more of those).   Even if he gives up some playing time to Gomez going forward – Morgan will probably sit against lefties – if he can hover around .280-.290 the rest of the year, steal 13-17 bases, and score close to 30 runs, all legit outcomes in the vaunted Brewer lineup, you have yourself a sale rack star.

My Projection (all rest of season): .290/30/2/18/14

Raul Ibanez, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (40% Yahoo, 61.8% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .247/42/13/48/2

Ibanez isn’t one of those exciting waiver wire adds, i.e. the hot young prospect or the buzzy top of the lineup out of nowhere star, but he has been ridiculously productive of late: 4 HR and 14 RBIs in his last 7. Of course this torrid stretch won’t last much longer, but even when he levels off, he should be a solid run/hr/rbi man as your 4th OF/bench option.

My Projection: .265/35/9/39/1

Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (20% Yahoo, 10.7% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .247/22/5/16/3

It would be an understatement to say that Brown has been a disappointment thus far. First the hand injury, then a generally mediocre June, which ended with him hitting .214. He has raised his average over 30 points since July 1, and has a nifty 18/25 Walk/K ratio, so a big 2nd half could be forthcoming. Could produce similarly to Ibanez, with a better average and more SBs, plus the added bonus of youth and upside, if you are in a keeper league.

My Projection: .270/30/9/28/7

Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies (22% Yahoo, 10.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .219/33/10/34/3

Iannetta doesn’t hit for average, like most catchers, but he provides some pop and great plate discipline: .372 OBP, 52/63 BB/K ratio. If he ends up close to 65 R, 20 HR, 70 RBIs, with a near .800 OPS, could you really complain about that from your backstop?

My Projection: .230/29/8/30/2

Bud Norris, SP, Houston Astros (55% Yahoo, 71.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 3.59/1.28/118/5-6 (ERA/WHIP/K/W-L)

Norris is owned in the majority of leagues, but just barely in Yahoo leagues. His number should be closer to 75%, and should definitely be above the likes of Ricky Nolasco (72%), A.J. Burnett (63%), and – good god – Jonathan Broxton (really, 58% of you think he’s worth holding onto?!). He has come down some after his terrific start, but this is still a guy who Ks over 9 per 9, and who has brought his walks down this year as well. He has an xFIP of 3.42, so he isn’t just getting lucky. Yeah, he probably will not end up with a 3.5 ERA and a 1.2 WHIP, but the way he misses bats is more valuable than what the pitchers mentioned above do IMO (you could make an argument for Nolasco, but how long is he going to be “due” to bust out?). Go and get him if he’s still around.

My projection: 4.10/1.35/76/5-5

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems – American League

 

Don't let this end up being your 3rd Baseman!

This weekly column will focus on guys who are out there to be had for nothing in most leagues that can help your team even if only as a short-term fill in. So if you’re like me and have Evan Longoria, Jason Bay, Brian Matusz and Chase Utley sitting on your DL, these are some names you might have to call to the rescue!

Jeremy Guthrie, SP Baltimore Orioles (40% owned in Yahoo, 29% in ESPN leagues)

Current Stat Line – 1 W/6 K/ 0.00 ERA

While clearly we can not expect his next few starts to go as well or better than his first, Guthrie is a solid starter backed by an improved offense in Baltimore. He may not make Sunday’s start due to a bout with Pneumonia, but beyond that he should be ready to go. We can expect wins in the teens, an ERA under 4 and 125+ strike outs.

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Post Draft Pick Ups

The season hasn’t started yet but it’s not too soon to take a look at the waiver wire and see what kind of talent is available.   Chances are you didn’t have the perfect draft and your team has some holes that need to be filled.  The following guys are available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues and could help you replace an injured player, give you a boost in weak stat category, or add some depth to your roster.
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2011 National League West Previews: Rockies

Today’s Focus: Colorado Rockies

2010 Record: 83-79, 3rd NL West

The Colorado Rockies started out slow again going 19-21 through May 19th. They were actually pretty up and down all year. Heading into the All-Star break, they won 8 of 10 but they lost 11 of 13 immediately after the break.The Rockies had a 31-51 record on the road last year while hitting .226 AVG. They were plagued by injuries which accumulated to 833 days on the DL forcing Jim Tracy to use 135 different lineups.  They didn’t even think putting Carlos Gonzalez in the 3 hole was a good idea until late June! For the Rockies to be successful in 2010, they have got to figure out how to win early in the year and on the road.  Read more of this post

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: CATCHER

THE CATCHERS…Well here we are, finally rolling out the much-anticipated 2011 Positional Rankings starting with the Backstops. To no one’s surprise, Joe Mauer tops our composite rankings as the #1 Catcher for this upcoming season. Mauer could not repeat his 2009 success, but to call his 2010 a bust would be absurd. Mauer looks to rebound and keep his throne.

Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images

Enjoy and comment as necessary!

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Joe Mauer – MIN 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Victor Martinez – DET 2 3 2 2 3 2.4
3 Buster Posey – SF 3 4 3 3 2 3.0
4 Brian McCann – ATL 4 2 4 4 4 3.6
5 Carlos Santana – CLE 6 6 5 6 5 5.6
6 Geovany Soto – CHC 5 9 6 5 6 6.2
7 Mike Napoli – TEX 10 5 7 8 7 7.4
8 Kurt Suzuki – OAK 7 8 13 7 8 8.6
9 Jorge Posada – NYY 12 11 8 10 9 10.0
10 Miguel Montero – ARI 8 10 9 13 11 10.2
11 Matt Wieters – BAL 11 7 14 9 10 10.2
12 Carlos Ruiz – PHI 9 12 18 11 14 12.8
13 Chris Iannetta – COL 13 16 10 12 13 12.8
14 Russell Martin – NYY 15 13 12 15 12 13.4
15 John Buck – FLA 16 17 11 16 17 15.4
16 A.J. Pierzynski – CHW 17 14 20 17 15 16.6
17 J.P. Arencibia – TOR 16 14 16 17.6
18 Miguel Olivo – SEA 18 15 18 18.6
19 Ryan Doumit – PIT 19 19 17 19 20 18.8
20 Yadier Molina – STL 14 19 19 18.8

MIKE NAPOLI

I am sticking to my words: “Napoli could wind up a Top 5 Catcher.” The guy is in one of the best parks and lineups in all of baseball. 30 bombs is NOT a stretch.

J.P. ARENCIBIA

Last year’s Pacific Coast League MVP is pretty much guaranteed to be the starting catcher in Toronto this year.  He has almost no major league experience but his minor league home run total’s (32HR in 2010) make him worth a flier in the late rounds of the draft.  Expect some growing pains, but Arencibia could be a cheap source for power.

CARLOS RUIZ

Chooch continues to be one of the most under rated players in MLB.  He was the Phillies 2010 MVP for his clutch hitting and handling of their pitching staff.  All projections are calling for him to regress this season – but looking at graphs of his last three seasons he is trending up in all the right categories.  Ruiz could be a tremendous consolation prize if you like to draft your catcher(s) in the later rounds.

SLEEPER: JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA

Salty has + power for a catcher and looks to be the likely starter in Boston. In that lineup you can expect a lot of RBI and Run chances. Only downside potential is the number of AB’s Varitek may steal from him.

BUST: KURT SUZUKI

Weak 260-275 AVG with low double-digit HR totals. Suzuki’s move to the bottom 3rd of a poor Oakland lineup will kill his counting stats. If you wait to draft a catcher, at least draft one with power potential.

Napoli to Arlington: The Fallout

As Napoli gets passed around like the village bicycle once again, what does this mean for all parties involved?

TEXAS:

Mike Napoli IMO rockets up the C rankings. Why? This guy can hit HR on the Moon and now he heads to the friendly confines of Rangers Ballpark. He might even bat higher than .260 this year too. To go along with 30 bombs and the opp to get tons of R and RBI in that lineup, Napoli could wind up being a Top 5 Catcher. Yeah, I said it. TOP 5 CATCHER!

Neftali Feliz I believe is locked in now as the closer. Silence the crowd that wants him in the rotation. Feliz will be elite once again.

Yorvit Torrealba will back Napoli up – well, he’ll be oohing and ahhing watching from the bench.

TORONTO:

Frank Francisco heads to Minimal Fantasy Valueville in Toronto. I guess Frank Frank could get a shot to close, but I’m not banking on it.

J.P. Arencibia is relevant once again. He’s Napoli-lite, but will have to fight off the other-other Molina. Take a flier on him – he could be Napoli, or he could be Iannetta…