2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League
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Angel Pagan, OF New York Mets ( 45 percent owned in Yahoo, 74.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .242 AVG / 16 R / 1 HR / 13 RBI / 9 SB

Pagan's season couldn't have started out much worse. He started the year hitting .159 through April 21, then suffered an oblique injury that caused him to miss more than a month. It seems like the time off may have been just what he needed. Since his return he has hit .339 AVG, nine runs, seven RBI, and five SB in 15 games. Right now he is hitting in the five-spot but a move to leadoff is possible if the Mets trade Jose Reyes.

Projection: .275 AVG / 53 R / 7 HR / 47 RBI / 25 SB

Todd Helton, 1B Colorado Rockies ( 41 percent owned in Yahoo, 61.4 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .322 AVG / 28 R / 8 HR / 28 RBI / 0 SB

Todd Helton seems to be having a bounce-back year. He has been slowed the past few years with injuries to his back but when he has been in the lineup, he has produced. As recently as 2009 he went .329 AVG, 79 R, 15 HR, 86 RBI. Helton has never been the "sexy" pick but I can't understand this ownership level.

Projection: .318 AVG / 70 R / 17 HR / 72 RBI / 0 SB

Anthony Rizzo, 1B San Diego Padres ( 23 percent owned in Yahoo, 40.5 percent in ESPN)

Anthony Rizzo Home Runs in 2011 (San Diego Padres): 11.5

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Current Stat Line: .429 AVG / 2 R / 1 HR / 1 RBI / 0 SB

Before getting the call to San Diego, Rizzo was crushing the Pacific Coast League. He put up a line of .365 AVG, 42 R, 16 HR, 63 RBI prior to the call. For those of you who don't know, the PCL is extremely hitter friendly, and Petco Park is the worst for left-handed batters. Rizzo is here to be the Padres everyday 1B.

Projection: .255 AVG / 37 R / 11 HR / 40 RBI / 2 SB

Dee Gordon, SS Los Angeles Dodgers ( 15 percent owned in Yahoo)

Current Stat Line: .304 AVG / 4 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 2 SB

Dee Gordon has stepped in nicely as the everyday SS and leadoff hitter for the Dodgers. He doesn't project as a power threat but he has stolen 22 bases in the minors this year. The team does not have any better options because Rafael Furcal has been out since June 4 with an oblique injury.

Projection: .279 AVG / 50 R / 1 HR / 20 RBI / 26 SB

Tim Stauffer, SP San Diego Padres ( 39 percent owned in Yahoo, 17.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 2 W / 4 L / 63 K / 3.58 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

Tim Stauffer has pitched better than what his surface numbers would indicate. He currently owns a 7.27 K/9 and 2.31 BB/9 to go along with a xFIP of 3.07. He looked stellar against the Rockies and he gets the Nationals today so get him while you can.

Projection: 9 W / 10 L / 150 K / 3.50 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

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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.

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