2011 Fantasy Baseball National League Waiver Wire Gems

Brian KilpatrickContributor IIJune 26, 2011

DENVER, CO - JUNE 15: Seth Smith #7 of the Colorado Rockies singles to right field scoring Jonathan Herrera #18 for the go-ahead run in the sixth inning off of Mat Latos #38 of the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on June 15, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 6-3. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Seth Smith, OF Colorado Rockies ( 39 Percent owned in Yahoo, 66 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line- .315 AVG / 36 R / 8 HR / 33 RBI / 3 SB

We should  rename this post "Seth Smith and Four Other NL Waiver Wire Gems." I have been putting Smith's name up here every other week, yet he gets no respect. His .396 wOBA ranks 13th in all of baseball, just behind Votto, Braun, Granderson and Upton (the good one). His .919 OPS ranks him 12th in the MLB.

Projection (rest of season)- .292 AVG / 39 R / 10 HR / 42 RBI / 3 SB

Freddie Freeman, 1B Atlanta Braves ( 27 Percent owned in Yahoo, 39.7 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line- .273 AVG / 31 R / 8 HR / 30 RBI / 2 SB

Freddie Freeman is still hitting fifth in the Atlanta lineup, and has increased his RBI total every month (April - 8, May - 9, June - 13). He probably won't be much of a home run threat going forward, but he should be a solid contributor in RBI. He needs to show more plate discipline because his BB/9 is 0.35—and he seems to be going the opposite way in this area.

Projection (rest of season)- .270 AVG / 35 R / 9 HR / 37 RBI / 2 SB

Ty Wigginton, 1B/2B/3B/OF Colorado Rockies ( 40 Percent owned in Yahoo, 61.9 percent in ESPN)

DENVER, CO - JUNE 11:  Ty Wigginton #21 of the Colorado Rockies hits a solo home run off of starting pitcher Ted Lilly of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at Coors Field on June 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 11
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Current Stat Line- .267 AVG / 27 R / 10 HR / 30 RBI / 4 SB

I try not to use the same player in this post two weeks in a row, but in Wiggy's case I will make an exception. In the six games after I mentioned him last he has hit 4 HR and 7 RBI. Ty Wigginton is a great player to own in daily leagues. He is eligible at four positions, plays on the west coast, bats fifth in a good lineup and has a good track record.

Projection (rest of season)- .260 AVG / 32 R / 9 HR / 36 RBI / 2 SB

Roger Bernadina, OF Washington Nationals ( 13 Percent owned in Yahoo, 40.7 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line- .287 AVG / 20 R / 4 HR / 16 RBI / 11 SB

Bernadina has been hot lately. Since June 14th, he has put up a slick line of .400 AVG / 6 R / 3 HR / 8 RBI / 2 SB. He has been hitting second in the lineup for most recent games, so he should be a good source of runs and stolen bases going forward. Those of you in deep leagues should give him a shot.

Projection (rest of season)- .259 AVG / 32 R / 5 HR / 20 RBI / 11 SB

Brandon Beachy, SP Atlanta Braves ( 46 Percent owned in Yahoo, 67.6 percent in ESPN)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24:  Brandon Beachy #37 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Current Stat Line- 2 W / 1 L / 57 K / 3.22 ERA / 1.07 WHIP

Beachy should be universally owned—even his 67.6 ESPN ownership is a joke. His injury may have actually played a part in his low ownership level, but the injury may actually work to your advantage.

Since he missed over a month, savvy owners will know it's unlikely he will be on low innings cap going forward. His K/9 (10.19) and BB/9 (2.5) are elite. He faces Seattle tomorrow, so pitch a low-ball offer or pick him up while you can.

Projection (rest of season)- 8 W / 4 L / 90 K / 3.60 ERA / 1.20 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.