2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Mike Morse, Dustin Ackley & More

Jeff MansContributor IIIMay 31, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17:  Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals at the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park on April 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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We are officially two months into the 2011 season and poor starts are turning into disappointing seasons before our very eyes. 

It is no longer too early to panic. 

It is however, the perfect time to improve or energize your team via trade or the free agent market. Keep in mind this window is only open for a limited time, kind of like a late night White Castle drive thru. 

With an influx of minor league prospects getting ready to be called up in June, these next few weeks are your best opportunity to save your fantasy baseball season. 

Stay tuned to Waiver Flavor for the very best waiver wire breakdowns every week and while you're at it, check out our Farm Report where we breakdown all the top prospects and give updates on all that is happening in the minor leagues.

Pitching Wins Championships

1) Josh Collmenter -- Starter -- Arizona Diamondbacks (Owned in 25% of leagues) -- Collmenter has just got better and better with every step up the ladder and continues to do so in Arizona where he sports a 3-1 record with a 1.49 ERA, 21 K's, 0.68 WHIP in 36.1 innings. 

Can this continue? 

Honestly, who knows and who cares?  Collmenter is the hottest pitcher in baseball right now and if he is available in your league right now you are doing yourself a disservice to not add him to your roster immediately.

2) Juan Nicasio -- Starter -- Colorado Rockies (Owned in 2% of leagues) -- Anytime a player, let alone a starting pitcher gets called up from AA fantasy players should take notice. Nicasio is a hell of a thrower and will definitely rack up some impressive strikeout numbers while in Colorado but the question is how long will he last with the big league club? 

He is guaranteed of at least one more start this Friday after his impressive debut against the Cardinals. He certainly has the stuff to pitch at this level and to make an impact on your fantasy team. 

3) Dillon Gee -- Starter -- New York Mets (Owned in 7% of leagues) -- This is one of my favorite two start pitchers of the week. Gee will face the Pirates and the Braves this week and should be able to pick up at least one win while racking up good strikeout totals. 

With most of the Mets struggling, Gee is one of the few who have been performing well. It's always advisable to have a two start pitcher or two going for you each week and my pick for this week is my man Dillon. 

So Does Power

4) Mike Morse -- OF/1B -- Washington Nationals (Owned in 9% of leagues) -- We all loved Morse coming into this season and most of us jumped shipped after a lousy start caused him to platoon with Laynce Nix. 

But Adam LaRoche's shoulder injury has created an opening for Morse and he has seized it in a big way. Morse hit four homeruns in four consecutive games earlier in the week and now has seven on the season. 

He has big time power although he has usually hit better against left handed pitching in his career. Morse will be in the Nationals lineup regularly going forward and is a great pickup if you are in need of HR & RBI.   

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...And Speed

5) Angel Pagan -- Outfield -- New York Mets (Owned in 32% of leagues) -- Pagan is a feisty lil' ballplayer who always winds up being a steady run scorer and stolen base leader for the Mets. 

He has been sorely missed in the Mets lineup and should be equally welcomed back to your fantasy roster now as well. Pagan could easily steal 30+ bases if he stays healthy which he appears to be now. 

I was surprised how many people had dropped him while he was out with his oblique/rib injury but his presence on the waiver wire gives you an opportunity to add some runs and stolen bases to your overall fantasy baseball numbers. 

6) Eric Young Jr. -- 2B/OF -- Colorado Rockies (Owned in 8% of leagues) -- The Rockies have had all kinds of trouble with their infielders this season outside of Troy Tulowitzki. Also, Dexter Fowler has underperformed as the CF/leadoff hitter, a role that Young has assumed for the time being. 

There is little doubt that Young can add a spark to the Rockies offense as he's done it in the past. His best attribute is obviously his speed which could allow him to steal anywhere from 20-50 bases depending on his playing time the rest of the season.

I like his middle infield and outfield flexibility as well and thus he is worth a shot in larger mixed leagues. 

Middle Infielders Too

7) Jeff Keppinger -- 2B/SS -- Houston Astros -- (Owned in 2% of leagues) -- This is a long-shot but I really like Keppinger's style. He is a regular lefty killer which means he feasts off of left handed pitching throughout his career. 

He plays just about every position and could easily work himself into a regular role at either 2B/SS/3B with the Astros in the very near future.  He has decent pop and speed and therefore won't hurt you at any stat category. 

I recommend him mostly for deeper leagues, but 12+ team mixed leagues should definitely keep him on your watch lists for the next couple of weeks at least.

8) Dustin Ackley -- Second Base -- Seattle Mariners (Owned in 2% of leagues) -- Ackley is another of the wave of prospects expected to arrive at the major league level in the next few weeks. He has a great batting eye and a great gap to gap stroke that results in good batting average and solid run production. 

He is what is commonly referred to as a "grinder" in that he does everything there is to do on a baseball field. Ackley will surely be the Mariners second baseman for the entire second half of the season and will likely get a call to Seattle in the next week or two.


Jeff Mans is a co-host of The Fantasy Alarm Show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, the Senior Writer at Fantasy Alarm and a contributor to Bleacher Report.


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