2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver-Wire Gems: American League
OK, I’ll admit it. I have at least one guy on my team that I drafted who hasn’t panned out.
Now what, you ask? Now I show my waiver-wire genius, that’s what.
Darren Oliver, RP, Texas Rangers (20% owned in Yahoo, 22% ESPN)
Current Stat Line – 1 W / 2 L / 2 SV / 8 K / 2.38 ERA / 0.97 WHIP
Oliver has proven himself to be the man in Texas until Neftali Feliz returns. That will be soon, but if you are hurting for saves, Oliver would appear to be your guy in Texas for the short-term already, converting his first two opportunities.
Projection: 3 W/ 3 L / 5 SV / 65 K / 2.58 ERA / 1.12 WHIP
Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners (27% owned in Yahoo, 39% ESPN)
Current Stat Line – .303 AVG / 9 R / 4 HR / 15 RBI / 0 SB
It’s clear that those in ESPN leagues have gotten a jump on my Yahoo brethren when it comes to Smoak. So far Safeco hasn’t been the deterrent many believed it would be for Smoak, as he’s gotten off to a great start. If you’re looking for someone young with potential upside, Smoak could be your man.
...Because where there’s Smoak, there’s fire! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Projection: .285 / 70 R / 21 HR / 82 RBI / 0 SB
Melky Cabrera, OF Kansas City Royals (18% owned in Yahoo, 37% ESPN)
Current Stat Line – .279 AVG / 15 R / 2 HR / 14 RBI / 2 SB
It’s amazing what a couple of 3-for-5 nights can do for your stat line. Don’t expect miracles here, folks; he’s less than 50 percent owned for a reason. However, on a good night Melky can give you some stats if you’re in a pinch and need OF help.
Scott Baker, SP Minnesota Twins (34% owned in Yahoo, 32% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 1 W / 2 L / 3.24 ERA / 24 K / 1.12 WHIP
Baker’s been getting a lot more movement on the wire recently after a slow start. One earned run and 15 strikeouts over your last 14 innings will do that for you. Get him while he’s hot.
Projection: 14 W/ 10 L / 4.05 ERA / 165 K / 1.20 WHIP
Josh Tomlin, SP Cleveland Indians (34% owned in Yahoo, 45% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 4 W / 0 L / 2.45 ERA / 18 K / 0.91 WHIP
One more win you just missed out on since last week! He's 34 percent owned in Yahoo and 4-0. C’mon! Let’s get with it here, people.
Don’t jump on board after he starts losing; it kind of defeats the purpose.
Projection: 12 W / 10 L / 3.80 ERA / 105 K / 1.25 WHIP
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