Waiver Wire Weekly Fantasy Advice — 05 August 2011
It’s kind of an awkward time in the fantasy baseball when the waiver wire is a little thin and the late season call-ups aren’t quite in the majors yet (besides Brett Lawrie).

But there are still a few names to look at, especially if you just need help in specific categories.

(Percentages are based on ownership in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Leagues)

Brett Lawrie, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (10%)

There’s a lot of funny commentary on Lawrie (pictured) being the savior of all mankind across the Internet, so I will spare you the jokes, but there’s a reason he’s been talked about a lot. He’s hit over .350 and slugged .661 with 18 homers to go with 13 steals in AAA. He just got called up and will be 3B eligible in a week.

Hideki Matsui, OF, Los Angeles Angels (30%)

Matsui has had some strong seasons before, but it was assumed those were over especially after hitting just .209 in the first half. He must have found the fountain of youth because he’s hit .478 since with three homers and 19 RBIs. That’s too good to ignore.

Derek Lee, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates (36%)

Lee is on the shelf for a day or two with a bruised hand, but that shouldn’t change how hot he’s been in the past two weeks. He’s hit four homers and knocked in 10 while batting .308. A proven hitter moving back to the National League and on a “contender” could be in line for a strong finish.

Rafael Furcal, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (35%)

I mentioned Furcal in this space when Stephen Drew went down and he hasn’t disappointed. Now on the Cardinals, a legit offense, he could be even better. At a weak position, Furcal should be owned in just about every competitive 10-team league.

Jason Bourgeois, OF, Houston Astros (20%)

The speedy outfielder finally has clear playing time now that the Astros moved to AAA. … Oh, they didn’t, … it just seems like that when you look at their roster. Anyway, Bourgeois steals bases at an amazing rate. On that offense, he won’t score much or knock anybody in, but batting average and steals should be strong here.

Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit Tigers (20%)

I’ve mentioned this guy before too as a sneaky good starter and he’s shown why after the break. Porcello is 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. His strikeout rate is low, but with the Tigers about to take over a weak AL Central, wins be plentiful to make up for that.

Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets (38%)

Niese hit a rough patch after a good start, but has actually pitched pretty well since the break and could be due again. He’s a good pitcher to ride when he’s hot and dump when he cools, but I think he could be on an upswing with only one rough outing (in the bandbox that’s the Great American Ballpark) since the break.

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