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AL Waiver Wire Gems

J. P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays (47% owned Yahoo, 42.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .216/25/12/37/0 (avg/runs/hrs/rbis/sbs)

J.P. should bash around 25 home runs before the year is out. Not many catchers can match that power production. You will take a big average hit – I think Arencibia has bottomed out though – but that is pretty standard at this traditionally thin – and even thinner this year – position. He is basically Mike Napoli with more at bats (Ron Washington seems like he has finally come around on playing Napoli every day, finally). If Naps is owned in your league, which he should be, J.P. is a decent consolation prize.

My Projection (rest of season): .235/32/13/35/1

Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox (46% Yahoo, 51.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .241/34/7/24/2

Becks raised his average almost 50 points last year in the 2nd half, and has shown some signs of life lately; I wouldn’t get too excited about him, but at one of the weaker positions in a line-up that is due to bust out, he should outperform the 1st half numbers pretty easily. The former #1 pick should produce solid MI stats the rest of the way.

My Projection (rest of season): .275/37/10/36/3

Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (38% Yahoo, 55.2% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .243/34/1/23/24

Davis went through a brutal cold streak which dropped his average from .288 to .224, prompting me to drop him along the way.  Of course, now he has turned it back on, stealing 6 bases and raising his average 20 points in the last week. Might as well get back on the Rajai Train while he’s hot, as he can single handedly win you steals and help big time in runs any given week. But be prepared for big gaping holes of production from time to time.

My Projection (rest of season):  .260/34/3/25/25

Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago White Sox (37% Yahoo, 30% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 4.30 ERA/1.44 WHIP/92 Ks/5-7 W/L

All Sox and Jays so far. Jackson’s numbers look horrible, but lately he has been better, even if the ERA and WHIP haven’t gone down much.  In his last four starts, he has K’ed 27 and walked just 4, while giving up a manageable 26 hits in 26.2 IP.  We all know Jackson has the talent and stuff to go on a useful fantasy run for you, and now might be a good time to test him out, as his xFIP is 1 run lower than his ERA and he has been pretty unlucky, dealing with a .341 BABIP.  I’d be worried about using him against Detroit post-All Star break if he gets a start in that series, but against KC or Cleveland, I’d give him a whirl.

My Projection (rest of season): 4.05 ERA/1.30 WHIP/80 Ks/7-6 W/L

Mark Trumbo, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (30% Yahoo, 52.9% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .256/32/15/38/8

Trumbo continues to put up respectable power numbers, and has even stolen 8 bases thus far, a nice little bonus from a first baseman. He has two HRs in his last three games, and could flirt with 30 by year’s end, which isn’t too shabby for any player, let alone a back up 1B. He won’t walk, and his average probably will not get any higher than it is now, but if you are still holding onto Adam Dunn (cough, cough, like myself), you might want to consider swapping him out for Trumbo, especially if its desperation time in your league.

My Projection (rest of season): .250/30/13/35/5

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OUTFIELD

Ryan Braun or Carlos Gonzalez at #1? That was the debate, though one guy even ranked Carl Crawford as his #1. Madness!

Ryan Braun: Ready to tee off in 2011

And…Ryan Braun takes home our #1 OF ranking, but it was close. You could definitely make an argument for either, but the composite sided with the guy who has done it more than once before. You’ll notice our individual rankings are all over the place, showcasing our different views. When compiled, it’s a pretty safe list with hidden gems when compared to the latest ADP data. There is lots and lots of value late in the draft, so if you miss out on top-tier guys while stockpiling other positions you can always get a proven vet in the 30s and 40s.

Onto the Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Ryan Braun – MIL 1 2 2 1 1 1.4
2 Carlos Gonzalez – COL 2 3 1 2 2 2
3 Carl Crawford – BOS 3 1 3 4 3 2.8
4 Josh Hamilton – TEX 5 5 4 5 4 4.6
5 Matt Holliday – STL 4 6 5 3 5 4.6
6 Shin-Soo Choo – CLE 6 10 6 6 8 7.2
7 Matt Kemp – LAD 7 4 7 18 6 8.4
8 Nelson Cruz – TEX 22 9 9 7 7 10.8
9 Andrew McCutchen – PIT 9 11 8 14 12 10.8
10 Hunter Pence – HOU 13 12 13 11 9 11.6
11 Jason Heyward – ATL 10 13 15 9 11 11.6
12 Andre Ethier – LAD 15 14 12 12 16 13.8
13 Justin Upton – ARI 8 8 11 32 10 13.8
14 Jose Bautista – TOR 17 22 10 10 13 14.4
15 Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS 19 7 18 26 15 17
16 Alex Rios – CHW 20 17 16 13 23 17.8
17 Ichiro Suzuki – SEA 12 41 14 8 14 17.8
18 Jayson Werth – WAS 11 15 27 19 17 17.8
19 Jay Bruce – CIN 14 16 19 34 18 20.2
20 Corey Hart – MIL 16 31 20 29 26 24.4
21 Shane Victorino – PHI 28 25 21 35 20 25.8
22 Aubrey Huff – SF 25 26 25 15 39 26
23 Delmon Young – MIN 21 18 28 42 24 26.6
24 Drew Stubbs – CIN 23 21 30 41 19 26.8
25 Nick Markakis – BAL 18 24 36 25 31 26.8
26 Mike Stanton – FLA 24 37 31 28 21 28.2
27 Chris Young – ARI 33 27 22 39 25 29.2
28 Torii Hunter – LAA 30 30 41 17 37 31
29 Nick Swisher – NYY 45 29 33 23 29 31.8
30 Martin Prado – ATL 26 28 32 52 22 32
31 Juan Pierre – CHW 36 32 39 21 34 32.4
32 Curtis Granderson – NYY 32 40 23 36 33 32.8
33 Brett Gardner – NYY 27 20 40 38 44 33.8
34 B.J. Upton – TB 41 38 17 58 27 36.2
35 Colby Rasmus – STL 40 23 29 28 36.2
36 Carlos Lee – HOU 50 43 24 27 40 36.8
37 Bobby Abreu – LAA 42 46 34 22 42 37.2
38 Vernon Wells – LAA 35 58 43 20 36 38.4
39 Adam Jones – BAL 37 33 46 40 38 38.8
40 Angel Pagan – NYM 34 36 45 45 46 41.2
41 Jason Bay – NYM 31 56 35 51 35 41.6
42 Jose Tabata – PIT 47 19 48 46 56 43.2
43 Ben Zobrist – TB 52 50 16 41 44
44 Grady Sizemore – CLE 39 42 51 32 45
45 Michael Cuddyer – MIN 53 47 53 24 51 45.6
46 Carlos Beltran – NYM 38 35 56 57 47 46.6
47 Luke Scott – BAL 60 57 26 44 48 47
48 Ryan Raburn – DET 29 48 37 47.2
49 Magglio Ordonez – DET 45 44 30 58 47.6
50 Michael Bourn – HOU 56 50 47 47 45 49
51 Carlos Quentin – CHW 43 38 43 49.2
52 Manny Ramirez – TB 48 44 42 59 57 50
53 Austin Jackson – DET 52 55 59 55 30 50.2
54 Andres Torres – SF 54 52 37 49 50.6
55 Rajai Davis – TOR 44 39 60 50 50.8
56 Denard Span – MIN 53 58 31 54 51.4
57 Coco Crisp – OAK 34 55 54.4
58 Alfonso Soriano – CHC 49 49 52 54.4
59 Desmond Jennings – TB 33 55.4
60 Ryan Ludwick – SD 51 55 49 55.4

 

JUSTIN UPTONUpton is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 3 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently improved his statistics as his playing time increased, expect a bounce back this year. For more, continue reading (here).

JACOBY ELLSBURY Remember this guy?  He’s a season removed from stealing 70 bases, scoring 94 runs, and batting .301.  Ellsbury was a wasted pick for lot of fantasy owners last year, when he missed all but 18 games, but now he’s healthy and ready to go.  I’ve seen this guy ranked all over the place (including our individual rankings) but he has the potential to be a top 10 outfielder.  Don’t wait too long to grab him. .295/90/7/55/60

B.J. UPTON…Even though BJ Upton hit .237 last year, he still finished the season ranked as the 29th fantasy outfielder in Yahoo. His speed is too good to repeat his .304 BABIP and his career mark is .334.The 26 year old is fully healthy so his power should be back to stay. Other than Carl Crawford, he is the best candidate to go 20/40. .259/78/20/73/45

SLEEPER: JOSE TABATA…Most forget Jose Tabata was a touted Yankee prospect, but certainly remember his estranged wife. After his June call-up, Tabata went .321/53/3/31/14 in July/August/September. Extrapolate that and he goes .321/106/6/62/28 in a season. At only 22 he has plenty of time to develop into a double-digit HR hitter and the speed is real. Currently the #51 OF off the board. I have him at #19 with a projected 2011 line of .300/90/10/60/30.

BUST: MATT KEMP…Fantasy Managers have been waiting for the great Matt Kemp break out for the past couple seasons and I’m here to say they shouldn’t hold their breath.  His unsustainably high BABIP, high K% and low BB% really caught up to him in 2010.  He also forgot how to steal bases being caught almost half the time.  Questions about his desire and makeup all spell reasons to stay away as other managers continue to way over pay for Kemp taking him as early as #16 overall.  .278/85/25/85/25

2011 American League West Previews: Athletics

Today’s Focus: OAKLAND ATHLETICS


2010 Record: 81-81 (2nd in Division; 8th Best Record in AL)

2006 was the last time Team Moneyball had a team that finished over .500. Since then, every GM has read and re-read that book. In 2010 the A’s finished at .500 and one would wonder how that happened. Gone are the days of the Bash Brothers, but now the Bay Area gets to enjoy Godzilla! Yeah, I’m sure the Bay Bridge is lovin’ that…

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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