Fantasy Baseball Week Eleven Waiver Wire

Lawrence BarrecaAnalyst IJune 11, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20:  Gordon Beckham of the Chicago White Sox poses during photo day at the White Sox spring training complex on February 20, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

During this time of the year, many Major League Baseball owners are busy attempting to work out deals and scrolling through their options as the trade deadline slowly draws closer.

Fantasy baseball owners are in the same situation. With many solid options still floating around in waivers, people are looking for the best options to add to their squad, whether it be a superstar in disguise or a “hot” veteran for the bench.

Below are ten names that could prove to be useful as the season draws on. Looking at the list, each player’s availability at ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and CBS Sports are displayed.

Now, without further adieu, here is the Week 11 Waiver Wire.


Gordon Beckham, 3B, CHW (ESPN- 4.4% owned) (Yahoo! Sports- 9% owned) (CBS Sports- 50% owned)

With the top two prospects in baseball having already joined the big league party, it was about time White Sox’ prospect Gordon Beckham received his call-up.

Over his minor league career, Beckham hit for a .326 batting average, with four homeruns, 25 RBI, 29 runs scored, two stolen bases, a .378 OBP, and a .904 OPS. Since his Thursday debut, Beckham is hitting for a measly .100 average, but don't be concerned.

As he matures, the young shortstop will slowly develop into a top-of-the-lineup threat, especially with hitters Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, and Alexei Ramirez around him. 

Another aspect that attracts owners to the infielder is his eligibility. He is currently listed as a third baseman and shortstop, allowing people to shift their respective lineups in order to have his bat contributing on a daily basis. 

The real question mark fans have is his power. There was surely a lack of it in 45 games of farm ball; however, 49 long balls in three years at Georgia can certainly turn some heads. 

Other than this, it appears as though Beckham will be a stud in due time.

My best advice to a fantasy owner is this: If he’s available (which he should be), then I suggest grabbing him.

If you play in a mixed league format, place him on your bench until his bat finally begins to heat up.

In deeper AL-only formats, try him as a starter if you’d like, but don’t be too disappointed if he continues to struggle over the next week.

Finally, in keeper leagues, this guy is a must-grab. He will be your starting shortstop sometime over the next two seasons, so why not just grab him now?   

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