2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Brian KilpatrickContributor IIJuly 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Logan Morrison #20 of the Florida Marlin hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the Marlins' first run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 28, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Logan Morrison, OF Florida Marlins (47 percent owned in Yahoo, 89.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .266 AVG / 29 R / 12 HR / 42 RBI / 1 SB

Logan Morrison has turned it up as of late—since June 30th he is batting .292 with 13 RBI (10 games).

He is still hitting fifth for the Marlins, so the RBIs should continue. I was surprised to see the huge disparity between Yahoo and ESPN, but I think ESPN folks have it right.

Projection (rest of season): .277 AVG / 33 R / 7 HR / 37 RBI / 1 SB

Mark Ellis, 2B Colorado Rockies (9 percent owned in Yahoo, 14.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .233 AVG / 31 R / 3 HR / 23 RBI / 8 SB

The second-base shuffle-up in Colorado continues as the Rockies are now on number six.

It looks as though a change of scenery was all Mark Ellis needed—since his arrival he has hit .333/10/2/7/1 in only nine games.

He has had useful fantasy seasons in the past, so he may be worth a look.

Projection (rest of season): .270 AVG / 30 R / 5 HR / 25 RBI / 4 SB

Pedro Alvarez, 3B Pittsburgh Pirates (43 percent owned in Yahoo, 22.1 percent in ESPN)

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 19:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates breaks up a force out at second base as Edgar Renteria #16 of the Cincinnati Reds drops the ball during the game at Great American Ball Park on May 19, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Pi
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Current Stat Line: .208 AVG / 12 R / 2 HR / 10 RBI / 1 SB

Pedro Alvarez has been activated off the DL and is currently rehabbing in AAA. I expect him to be promoted by the Pirates soon after the All-Star break.

Although the Pirates are currently rolling with a platoon of Brandon Wood, Josh Harrison, and Chase d'Arnaud at third base, the return of Alvarez will add some much-needed power to the Pittsburgh lineup.

Projection (rest of season): .245 AVG / 30 R / 9 HR / 40 RBI / 1 SB

Emilio Bonifacio, SS/3B/OF Florida Marlins (19 percent owned in Yahoo, 53.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .277 AVG / 35 R / 1 HR / 14 RBI / 13 SB

Bonifacio is trying to prove to the Marlins that he deserves to stay in the leadoff spot. He currently has an 11 game hitting streak and has stolen eight bases in his last ten games.

He is eligible at SS/3B/OF and has played three games at 2B, so depending on your league settings, he could be eligible at both MI spots by season's end.

Projection (rest of season): .260 AVG / 36 R / 1 HR / 18 RBI / 16 SB

Jeff Karstens, SP/RP Pittsburgh Pirates (39 percent owned in Yahoo, 34.6 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 7 W / 4 L / 58 K / 2.55 ERA / 1.07 WHIP

Karstens deserves some credit. Since June 3rd he is 3-0 / 1.49 ERA / 0.85 WHIP, and his splits at night are incredible (6-0 / 1.86 ERA / 0.99 WHIP). It seems as though he is doing it with impeccable control (1.64 BB/9) and a bit of good fortune (3.82 FIP).

Pick him up if he is sitting on waivers, but don't be afraid to drop him if he falters.

Projection (rest of season): 5 W / 5 L / 55 K / 3.65 ERA / 1.15 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.