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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 Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Seth Smith, OF Colorado Rockies ( 22 % owned in Yahoo, 39.4% ESPN)

Current State Line: .310 AVG / 13 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 1 SB

Seth Smith is hitting 5th or 6th everyday for the Colorado Rockies. Hopefully he put his problems against lefties behind him. In the early going, he is 3 for 9 with 2 doubles versus southpaws (small sample size, I know). He has showed pop in the minors and he has also hit for a good average. Seth Smith has the potential to be a .300 hitter.

My Projection: .290 AVG / 80 R / 19 HR / 80 RBI / 5 SB

Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B Los Angeles Angels ( 47% owned in Yahoo, 32% ESPN)

Current State Line: .236 AVG / 6 R/ 2 HR /12 RBI / 0 SB

Just before Uribe tweaked a quad injury, he was heating up at the plate with a 6 game hit streak. During the streak he hit .435 AVG with 5 R, 2 HR and 9 RBI. He is listed as day-to-day but when he returns, he will continue to hit 5th in the Dodgers lineup behind Andre Either and Matt Kemp. Since west coast games start later, you can plug him into your lineup for a last minuet replacement and he’s eligible at 3 different positions.

My Projection: .250 AVG / 75 R /22 HR / 85 RBI /0 SB

Brett Wallace, 1B Houston Astros ( 7% owned in Yahoo)

Current Stat Line: .324 AVG /14 R /1 HR /7 RBI /0 SB

In deeper leagues Brett Wallace would make a great speculative add. He has always produced in the minors even though he has bounced from organization to organization. Wallace currently has a modest 5 game hitting streak with 4 multi-hit games during the streak. If he continues to produce, I could see him moving from the 5th spot in the lineup to cleanup. His power hasn’t transferred over to the big league level yet but 15-20 HR is possible.

My Projection: .270 AVG / 80 R /18 HR / 85 RBI / 1 SB

Cameron Maybin, OF San Diego Padres ( 18% owned in Yahoo, 24.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line:.260 AVG / 10 R / 3 HR / 5 RBI / 6 SB

Cameron Maybin is the best option for the Padres at leadoff and he may even be the team’s best offensive player. Unfortunately, Jason Bartlett and Will Venable have had starts at leadoff also. This offense is too bad to roster Maybin if he is going to hit in the lower half of the lineup but he makes a good speculative add in deeper leagues because the potential is there.

My Projection: .270 AVG / 65 R / 9 HR / 55 RBI / 27 SB 

Mitchell Boggs, RP St. Louis Cardinals ( 50% owned in Yahoo, 66.5% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 0 W / 0 L / 1.59 ERA / 13 K / 0.71 WHIP / 2 S

Mitchell Boggs has been awarded the closer job in St. Louis last week and he is still only 50% owned in Yahoo. Boggs currently has a K:BB ratio of 13:3 in the young season so grab him while he’s hot.

2011 Fantasy Baseball Busts: David Price

At the young age of 25, David Price has already started in an All-Star game, pitched in the World Series and finished runner-up  in the 2010 Cy Young voting. In 2010, he posted a 2.72 ERA with 19 wins and 188 strikeouts in 208.2 innings. Those numbers look outstanding but, the numbers under the surface paint a different picture.

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2011 National League West Previews: Padres

Today’s Focus: San Diego Padres

2010 Record: 90-72, 2nd in NL West

The Padres shocked the baseball world last year by finishing 2 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the West and 1 game behind the Atlanta Braves for the wild card spot. Their 90 win season can be attributed to their strong pitching and solid defense. Will they be able to shock us again?

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