2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Brian KilpatrickContributor IIMay 29, 2011

DENVER, CO - APRIL 29:  Seth Smith #7 of the Colorado Rockies takes an at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field on April 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Pirates defeated the Rockies 3-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Seth Smith, OF Colorado Rockies (33 percent owned in Yahoo, 62.9 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .306 AVG /25 R/ 5 HR/ 22 RBI/ 3 SB

Smith has already been mentioned here yet his ownership is nowhere near where it should be. Seth Smith has been on of the most consistent producers for the Rockies all year. His splits from April and May are nearly identical. He is currently battling a groin injury but it is not considered to be serious.

Projection: .290 AVG / 82 R / 19 HR / 80 RBI / 10 SB

Michael Morse, 1B/OF Washington Nationals (25 percent owned in Yahoo, 33.5 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .287 AVG / 10 R / 6 HR / 20 RBI / 1 SB

Many people have forgotten the potential Michael Morse has shown in spring training and that is understandable considering his slow start. Now it appears Morse is heating up. He has taken advantage of his full-time gig with Adam Laroche out. In the past six games, he has a line of 10 H, 5 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI. If he continues to hit, they will find a spot for him in the lineup even when everyone is back and healthy.

Projection: .265 AVG / 65 R / 27 HR / 80 RBI / 2 SB

Jonathan Lucroy, C Milwaukee Brewers (47 percent owned in Yahoo, 60 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .333 AVG / 15 R / 5 HR / 24 RBI / 0 SB

I don’t expect Lucroy to keep a .333 AVG and 20 HR pace but considering how shallow the catcher position is this year, he should finish as a top-eight option. Recently, he has started a few games out of the No. 6 spot in the batting order so if he continues to hit, he will stay there.

Projection: .287 AVG / 59 R / 14 HR / 75 RBI / 2 SB

Allen Craig, 2B/OF St. Louis Cardinals (7 percent owned in Yahoo)

Current Stat Line: .321 AVG / 11 R / 3 HR / 17 RBI / 4 SB

If Tony LaRussa is trying his best to put Allen Craig in his lineup, then so am I. Allen Craig is mostly batting in the two-hole for the Cards while being eligible at 2B and OF in most leagues. He has also started two games at 3B so there is an outside chance he will gain 3B eligibility by season’s end. If you need more convincing, look at his minor league numbers.

Projection: .290 AVG / 65 R / 16 HR / 68 RBI / 7 SB

Juan Miranda, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks (6 percent owned in Yahoo, 4.5 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .261 AVG / 13 R / 5 HR / 14 RBI / 0 SB

Juan Miranda better receive more playing time after his performance the past seven games. During that time he has posted a line of 11 H / 4 R / 3 HR / 9 RBI and has raised his triple slash line to .261/.382/.522. The only issue is, Xavier Nady may still take away at bats against tough left-handers and Brandon Allen may be on the way up. But, he still makes a good speculative grab in NL-only and deep mixers.

Projection: .260 / 52 R / 15 HR / 55 RBI / 0 SB


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Brian "Killboy" Kilpatrick is a Senior Writer for 4thandHome.com where this, and other work, can be found. Additionally, he is co-host of The 4th and Home Show on Blog Talk Radio.