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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pickups

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Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.

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Michael Pineda Sea | SP

Pineda has really been on a tear this season posting a 3-1 record with a sub 2 ERA. If you have not had a chance to see Pineda pitch think of him as a line backer with some nasty stuff. We fully expect Pineda to have a solid season and he should be owned in all formats. If he is still available in your league find someone to drop to grab him. (about 60% owned)

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Ryan Roberts ARI | 3B

No one came into this fantasy season thinking that Roberts would have any value and there is a chance that his hot start does not continue but for the time being if you are looking for help at third Roberts is your man. Thus far he has 4 bombs, 12 RBIs, 2 bags and is batting over 300. (about 15% owned)

Jed Lowrie BOS | 2B/SS

Lowrie is batting over .400 thus far and manager Terry Francona has been doing everything in his power to ensure Lowrie has been getting his at bats. Coming into the season Lowrie was simply a utility player but due to his recent play he has been playing everyday whether it is at second or short. This might not continue for the entire season but if the Sox are going to ride out his hot hitting you should as well if you need some help at either middle infield position. (about 55% owned)

Sam Fuld TB| OF

If you need any kind of speed on your team Sam Fuld is your man. He already has 10 stolen bases in this young season and seems to have the green light to go anytime he is on base. Fuld is a manic when running the bases but if he gets a good jump it is a lock he is going to get his steal. If he stays an everyday player, 50 bags might be the low end of what he will do this season. (about 65% owned)

Aroldis Chapman CIN | RP

Chapman was clocked at 106 miles per hour a few days ago. Sure it was a home radar gun but either way Chapman is throwing some serious heat. If Cordero slips at all, Chapman ,will take over the closer role and we do not see how he will not excel at that role. (about 70% owned)

Mitchell Boggs STL | RP

Boggs has officially taken over the closer role for the Cardinals and looked great in his first outing. It is his job to lose so if you need some saves Boggs could rack up twenty plus this year. On the flip side of that it is fine to cut ties with Franklin because if Boggs does not pan out we believe Motte will get the next chance. (about 30% owned)

Danny Espinosa WAS | 2B

Second base has never been the deepest of positions so we were surprised to see Espinosa only owned in 20% of leagues. Espinosa will give you a little bit of speed and power while hitting for a good average. He will not blow you away in any area but a solid second baseman could always be useful, whether as a starter or trade bait. (about 20% owned)

Jeff Francoeur KC | OF

It seems as if Francoeur has been in the bigs forever now but he is only 27 and has always had the potential to be a big time fantasy contributor. He is playing great, his strikeouts are down, his walks are up, which are two things to prove he is growing as a hitter. If he keeps this up he could be a breakout fantasy player. Of course we have seen this before out of Francoeur starting off hot then coming back down to earth, so grab him and ride out this hot streak with the hopes for more. (about 50% owned)

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Michael Brantley CLE | OF

Brantley is a young player with a ton of upside who has been playing well this season. While he is not a most own player if you are in a deeper league he fits the bill with one of our favorite sayings. Take a risk on a young player with upside rather than an older player on the down side of his career. (about 10% owned)

Matt Joyce TB | OF

When Manny retired out of nowhere this season Joyce got the chance to be an everyday outfielder. In a half of season last year he showed good power numbers while having a little bit of speed. (about 5% owned)

Brett Wallace HOU | 1B

Wallace was the 13th overall pick in the 2008 draft and has looks to be getting his chance at his first full season this year. He is off to a good start batting over 300 and if he continues to get the playing time he should provide your team with some decent power numbers. (about 5% owned)

If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.