2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League
Danny Espinosa, 2B Washington Nationals (33 percent owned in Yahoo, 55.5 percent in ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .219 AVG / 29 R / 10 HR / 33 RBI / 5 SB
Danny has been mentioned here, yet he is still not owned enough. If you extrapolate his current stats over 600 AB, you get 88 R / 31 HR / 103 RBI / 13 SB. I’m sure there are many of you that can use this type of production from the middle infield. This guy is filling up every category, so ignore the batting average.
Projection: .235 AVG / 80 R / 25 HR / 84 RBI / 14 SB
Eric Young, 2B/OF Colorado Rockies (Six percent owned in Yahoo, 6.6 percent ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .258 AVG / 3 R / 0 HR / 3 RBI / 3 SB
In only seven games started for the Rockies, Young has batted leadoff and has three stolen bases. He has the speed to maintain a high BABIP, and by looking at his minor-league stats, you can see his base-stealing ability is for real. He will get most starts at 2B and man center field against tough lefties. If you need some speed at MI or OF, Young is your guy.
Projection: .285 AVG / 55 R / 0 HR / 20 RBI / 30 SB
Freddie Freeman, 1B Atlanta Braves (24 percent owned in Yahoo, 31.8 percent ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .277 AVG / 24 R / 5 HR / 21 RBI / 2 SB
Freeman has been on a roll as of late and has moved up to the five-hole in the Braves lineup. In the past eight games Freeman has hit .455 AVG / 4 R / 7 XBH / 7 RBI. His power is not major-league-ready, but he should still be a good source of RBI for the course of the year.
Projection: .285 AVG / 75 R / 18 HR / 80 RBI / 4 SB
Current Stat Line: .309 AVG / 24 R / 4 HR / 19 RBI / 2 SB
Daniel Murphy has been hot the past eight games going .567 AVG / 5 R / 4 RBI while occupying the four- or five-hole in the batting order. Going forward, expect him to be a solid contributor in batting average, and the position eligibility is an added bonus. I’m unsure what will happen when Ike Davis and David Wright return. Worst-case scenario, he will be used as a super-sub or platoon 2B with Justin Turner.
Projection: .285 AVG / 65 / 11 HR / 65 RBI / 4 SB
Dillon Gee, SP New York Mets (21 percent owned in Yahoo, 18.6 percent ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 6 W / 0 L / 39 K / 3.33 ERA / 1.11 WHIP
Dillon Gee has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Mets this year. Even when Johan Santana returns, Gee should stay in the rotation. His next three starts should be a breeze: at PIT, at ATL and OAK. An uptick in strikeouts is not out of the question considering his ability to miss bats with a 9.8 SwStr% this year and a K/9 of 9.20 last year in the minors. I trust him more than Josh Collmenter.
Projection: 14 W / 8 L / 155 K / 3.95 ERA / 1.25 WHIP
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