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Fantasy Baseball 2012: Week 21 Waiver Wire Batters, Deep League Pickups

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In deeper fantasy baseball leagues, finding useful batters on the waiver wire can be a very difficult task. With most popular free agent choices already owned, owners in deeper or AL/NL-only leagues often have to dig at even less popular batters for fantasy production. Here's a look at five batters owned in less than 10% of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues* who are worth adding for Week 21.

OF David DeJesus, Chicago Cubs (8% owned*)

Statistics*: 105/389 H/AB, 58 R, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB, .270 AVG

If there's an unutilized bright spot in the Cubs lineup, it would be DeJesus. Aside from hitting four of his six home runs this month, he has also scored 13 runs, knocked in 11 runs, and put up a .370 on-base percentage. While these aren't groundbreaking numbers, DeJesus is a decent hot play in NL-only leagues.

2B/SS Everth Carbera, San Diego Padres (6% owned)

Statistics: 69/280 H/AB, 33 R, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 24 SB, .246 AVG

A very efficient base stealer, Cabrera recently broke the Padres record for most successful steals in a row (28) after collecting two more steals against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 22. With 22 steals on the year and 12 hits in his last seven games, he has consistently gotten on base this month. As a top base stealer, improving contact hitter, and occasional run scorer, Cabrera could give many team a good season-ending push.

OF Dominic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies (4% owned)

Statistics: 24/88 H/AB, 12 R, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, .273 AVG

The youngest of the Phillies outfielders, Brown has gotten a chance to start every day since his call up at the end of July. Going 9 for 25 in his last six games, he has been effective as the teams' No. 6 hitter. While his power numbers are not where they could be, his opportunity and talent could pan out during September.

C Erik Kratz, Philadelphia Phillies (3% owned)

Statistics: 23/76 H/AB, 10 R, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, .306 AVG

Brown is not the only Philadelphia newcomer playing well lately. With the most recent hamstring injury to Brian Schneider, Kratz has become the new everyday catcher for the Phillies. With Carlos Ruiz not back for a few more weeks and solid power numbers, he is one of the hotter NL catchers at the moment.

OF Scott Podsednik, Boston Red Sox (1% owned)

Statistics: 39/104 H/AB, 15 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 7 SB, .375 AVG

Looking at his batting average and stolen bases in limited at-bats, Podsednik considers ownership in more leagues. Now factor in all the changes in Boston with their most recent trade of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and others and this veteran should see constant playing time on a Red Sox team not contending for the playoffs this season.

*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues and player statistics accurate as of August 24, 2012. H/AB: Hits/At Bats, R: Runs Scored, HR: Home Runs, RBI: Runs Batted In, SB: Stolen Bases, AVG: Batting Average.

Sources:

David DeJesus 2012 Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports

Everth Cabrera News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Dominic Brown Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

Who's Hot, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball

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Austin Chang is a lifelong baseball fan, San Francisco Giants supporter, and fantasy baseball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 70% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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