X
Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Gain Access Now

X

Receive free daily analysis

NFL
NBA
NHL
NASCAR
CFB
MLB
MMA
PGA
ESPORTS
BETTING

Already have an account? Log In

X

Forgot Password


POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12

First base and third base have been a struggle thus far in the fantasy season. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Jose Ramirez are doing their part to represent the elite at the CI position, but few others are helping out. According to the ESPN player rater (which isn't all that great of a tool, but easily captures 5x5 value), only seven of the top 30 hitters in the league are eligible at either 1B or 3B. There are 13 MI-eligible players in the same data set.

CI is supposed to be where the big boppers play. Teams throw bad defenders at first or slow defenders at third. These guys are in the lineup to hit! It hasn't been happening yet this season thanks to injuries, underachievement, and some bad luck. Look no further than the New York Yankees for an encapsulation of how CI is going thus far. Luke Voit (oblique) has missed most of the season due to injury. Meanwhile, DJ LeMahieu has been in there every day and just hasn't hit. I don't know which is worse for a fantasy lineup, but both require finding help on the waiver wire.

For our purposes in this column, we are looking at Yahoo!'s rostered percentages, as well as its positional eligibility. We are searching for useful players rostered in fewer than 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues. With that being said, below are my first base and third base waiver wire pickups to consider for Week 12 - June 14 through June 20.

Be sure to check all of our fantasy baseball lineup tools and weekly lineup resources:

 

Alex Kirilloff, Minnesota Twins

36% Rostered

The former top prospect has gained first base eligibility in Yahoo! leagues. He has also recently been dumped in 10 percent of all leagues, meaning he has also become eligible for this column. We don't have a huge sample yet for Kirilloff this season because of injury. The early returns are promising though, as one would expect from a young hitter with such high promise. Kirilloff has a 50.6 percent hard-hit rate and a survivable K-rate. His xSLG and xwOBA are both sky high, at .603 and .395, respectively. He is also starting to hit in more favorable spots in the Minnesota lineup. This past week saw him bat second, third, and fourth multiple times.

The Twins have been an unmitigated disaster, but that doesn't really impact Kirilloff's fantasy ceiling all that much. Two of the top four RBI men at 1B play for losing teams. At third base, it's two of the top six that play for losing teams. Kirilloff is going to get his opportunities for counting stats, and if early returns are any indication, his rate stats are going to start sky rocketing upwards to better reflect the quality of contact he is making. If there's one reason to lessen excitement, it's his terrible 4.9 percent walk rate. Yet that was never his forte in the minors either. It was his 60-60 hit and power tools on the scouting reports.

 

C.J. Cron, Colorado Rockies

35% Rostered

Cron has been in a tailspin for quite a while now. After hitting .274 in April and May, Cron is batting just .156 in June. His other numbers have suffered from similar slides. Yet it has only been 34 plate appearances this month. I am not ready to bail. In other words, I'd be looking to add him if he was dumped onto waivers in my league.

Cron is still exhibiting an elite high-end exit velocity and superior 11.4 percent walk rate. He is not barreling up as many balls as one would want, but particularly in OBP leagues, this is a batted-ball profile we can live with. Cron remains a lynchpin in the middle of the Colorado lineup. Trevor Story is back off the IL, batting ahead of him. Considering Josh Fuentes is Cron's only real competition for playing time, and the former has one of the very worst batted-ball profiles of anyone in the Majors, Cron managers should feel confident in him coming out on top in the long run.

 

Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees

33% Rostered

Andujar is a weird case indeed. We remember him as an impressive bat that burst onto the scene and then fell completely out of favor. His favor has returned, mostly out of complete necessity. Thanks to injuries, the Yankees are running out of outfield options (though he is 3B-eligible for our purposes). And with consistent playing time has come production. Andujar has five home runs and 14 runs scored in just 28 games. He is producing despite hitting near the bottom of the New York lineup. More relevantly, he is producing by somehow being a patient hitter who never walks.

Andujar has a 2 percent walk rate. In exactly 100 at-bats, he walked twice. And yet, his other numbers don't tell the tale of a wild hacker. He has a league-average K-rate and better than league-average whiff rate. (We don't have exact percentile figures from Baseball Savant because he has too few plate appearances to qualify.) His zone contact rate is 88.1 percent, which has helped lead to a 9.3 percent barrel rate and 45.3 percent hard-hit rate. If anything, his home run total is low thanks to a very low launch angle thus far. Andujar is helping to remind us of his breakout 2018 season. Oh, by the way, his current xBA, xSLG, and xwOBA are all higher than those same stats were in '18. Hopefully he can find a reason to make Aaron Boone keep him in the lineup for quite a while longer.

 

Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

16% Rostered

Another cornerman back off the IL, Votto returned to the Reds lineup this past Tuesday. Unlike some of his positional peers, he has looked good since returning; like he hasn't missed a beat. And, if you will recall, the 2021 version of Votto was something quite unexpected. His walk rate is the lowest it has been since 2008! His K-rate is the highest it has ever been (though still above-average league-wide).

Votto, instead, turned himself into a power bat. He ranks in the top 20 percent of the league in pretty much every power category: exit velocity, hard-hit percentage, xSLG, and barrel rate. Thanks to a .232 BABIP, his actual numbers have been down, but they won't stay that way for long.

 

Daniel Vogelbach, Milwaukee Brewers

2% Rostered

Many assumed Vogelbach would lose his playing time once Keston Hiura returned from Triple-A. Hiura proved himself to be unplayable yet again, leaving the Brewers to turn back to Vogelbach on a somewhat regular basis. And he has delivered. It is all thanks to a great batting eye and big-time power.

Vogelbach ranks in the 95th percentile in walk rate and chase rate. He is also among the top 25 percent in hard-hit rate and average exit velocity. Waits for his pitch and does damage when he gets it; or he takes first base. That is a pretty strong recipe for success. Batting second in the Milwaukee lineup is a great spot for such a repertoire as well.



Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy baseball app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, sleepers, prospects & more. All free!



More Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Advice




POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

REAL-TIME FANTASY NEWS

Brice Sensabaugh10 mins ago

Out At Least Six Weeks
19 mins ago

Cameron Payne, Knicks Agree To A One-Yeal Deal
Kyle Busch36 mins ago

Hopes For Playoffs Take Another Hit At Pocono
Ross Chastain39 mins ago

Struggles Continue At Pocono
James Conner2 hours ago

Hopes To Build On 2023 Campaign
AJ Dillon2 hours ago

Enters Training Camp On Roster Bubble
Dustin Hopkins2 hours ago

Browns, Dustin Hopkins Agree To Three-Year Extension
Taylor Moore2 hours ago

Needs To Get Off To Better Start
NASCAR2 hours ago

Martin Truex Jr Won Stage 1 at Pocono, but Foiled by Strategy Yet Again
Ryan Blaney2 hours ago

Denny Hamlin Finished Second at Pocono but Matched Ryan Blaney in Performance
Ty Gibbs2 hours ago

Had Speed at Pocono, but Hindered by Strategy, Speeding Penalty, and Sour Engine
Ryan Blaney2 hours ago

Scores Penske's First Pocono Win Since 2011
Keaton Mitchell3 hours ago

Placed On PUP List
Mike Trout3 hours ago

Targeting Late-July Return
Tracy Cortez4 hours ago

Suffers Her First UFC Loss
Rose Namajunas4 hours ago

Dominates Tracy Cortez
Tyler Reddick4 hours ago

Incredible Consistency Continues At Pocono
Alex Bowman4 hours ago

Captures Third Place At Pocono
Muslim Salikhov4 hours ago

Edges Out Split Decision At UFC Denver
Santiago Ponzinibbio4 hours ago

Loses Second Fight In A Row
Ange Loosa5 hours ago

Drops Decision Matchup
Gabriel Bonfim5 hours ago

Gets Decision Win At UFC Denver
Brad Keselowski6 hours ago

Finishes Seventh At The Great American Getaway 400
Chris Buescher6 hours ago

Earns Spot In DraftKings Winning Lineup At Pocono
Nick Chubb7 hours ago

Making Good Progress After Knee Surgery
Joey Logano7 hours ago

Finishes Fifth At Pocono On Sunday
William Byron7 hours ago

Still Ends Up In Top Five At Pocono
Cam Whitmore11 hours ago

Continues Domination In Summer League
Julian Strawther12 hours ago

Bags 32 Points Against Raptors
Brandin Podziemski12 hours ago

Records Impressive Double-Double
Miami Marlins12 hours ago

Marlins Tab Carter Johnson With Pick No. 56
Matas Buzelis12 hours ago

Goes Off For 28 Points Versus Warriors
Minnesota Twins12 hours ago

Billy Amick Slips To Twins At Pick No. 60
Seattle Mariners12 hours ago

Ryan Sloan Slips To Mariners With 55th Pick
Craig Porter Jr.12 hours ago

Logs Full Line On Sunday
Oakland Athletics12 hours ago

Tommy White Lands With Athletics At Pick No. 40
Zaccharie Risacher12 hours ago

Struggles Versus Spurs
Michael Toglia20 hours ago

Belts Three Homers On Sunday
Lawrence Butler20 hours ago

Hits Three Homers, Drives In Six
Reed Sheppard22 hours ago

Has Another Quality Outing
Texas Rangers23 hours ago

Malcolm Moore Selected By Texas Rangers At Pick 30
Arizona Diamondbacks23 hours ago

Diamondbacks Select Slade Caldwell At Pick 29
Abdul Razak Alhassan23 hours ago

Gets a NC At UFC Denver
Cody Brundage24 hours ago

Fight Ends Early Due To Illegal Shots
Christian Rodriguez24 hours ago

Gets Submitted At UFC Denver
Julian Erosa24 hours ago

Pulls Off Upset At UFC Denver
Drew Dober24 hours ago

Suffers Stoppage Loss At UFC Denver
Drew Dober24 hours ago

Jean Silva Dominates Drew Dober At UFC Denver
Miami Marlins24 hours ago

Marlins Select PJ Morlando At Pick 16
Washington Nationals1 day ago

Seaver King Selected With The Tenth Pick By Washington
Jordan Addison1 day ago

Arrested On Friday Night
Pittsburgh Pirates1 day ago

Pirates Select Konnor Griffin With Ninth Overall Pick
Caleb Williams1 day ago

Not Involved In Contract Discussions
Los Angeles Angels1 day ago

Christian Moore Taken By Los Angeles Angels At Pick No. 8
Tyreek Hill1 day ago

Still Not Concerned About A New Deal
St. Louis Cardinals1 day ago

JJ Wetherholt Goes No. 7 To St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals1 day ago

Royals Take Jac Caglianone At Pick No. 6
Kyle Pitts1 day ago

"Learning Basically Two Positions"
Chicago White Sox1 day ago

White Sox Select Hagen Smith At No. 5 Overall
Oakland Athletics1 day ago

Nick Kurtz Taken Fourth Overall By The A's
Colorado Rockies1 day ago

Charlie Condon Taken Third Overall By Colorado
Cincinnati Reds1 day ago

Chase Burns Goes Second To Cincinnati
Cleveland Guardians1 day ago

Travis Bazzana Selected First Overall
Carlos Correa1 day ago

Diagnosed With Plantar Fasciitis
Jamal Murray1 day ago

Nuggets Eager To Get Deal Done With Jamal Murray
Lonzo Ball1 day ago

"Moving Closer" To A Return
Tee Higgins1 day ago

Won't Be Extended By Monday's Deadline
NASCAR1 day ago

Bubba Wallace Is One Of The Top DFS Options For Pocono
Martin Truex Jr1 day ago

. Is A Top Favorite To Win At Pocono
Joey Logano1 day ago

Will Start 10th At Pocono This Week
Brad Keselowski1 day ago

Should Fantasy Players Roster Brad Keselowski At Pocono?
Chase Elliott1 day ago

Will Start 11th At Pocono This Week
Austin Cindric1 day ago

Is A Capable Value Pick For Pocono
William Byron1 day ago

Expect William Byron To Compete For The Win At Pocono
Denny Hamlin1 day ago

The Favorite To Win At Pocono
Tyler Reddick1 day ago

Should Be Strong At Pocono
Brice Sensabaugh1 day ago

Doesn't Return On Saturday
Cody Williams1 day ago

Notches 21 Points
Taj Gibson1 day ago

Joining Hornets
Patrick Williams1 day ago

Should Be Ready For Camp
Adam Thielen2 days ago

Feels He Has More To Prove
DaRon Holmes II2 days ago

Suffers An Achilles Tear
Nikola Jovic2 days ago

Expected To Be Ready For Camp
Bijan Robinson2 days ago

Falcons Continue To Build Offense Around Bijan Robinson
Aaron Rodgers2 days ago

Says He Feels Good
Reed Sheppard3 days ago

Has A Solid Game On Friday
Alexandre Sarr3 days ago

Shines Defensively In Win
Zaccharie Risacher3 days ago

Leads Atlanta In Scoring Friday
Bronny James3 days ago

Struggles On Friday Night
Jordan Love3 days ago

Shows Off Improved Footwork
Davante Adams3 days ago

Trade Rumors Resurfacing
Christiaan Bezuidenhout3 days ago

Withdraws From Genesis Scottish Open
Tracy Cortez4 days ago

Looks For 12th Victory In A Row
Rose Namajunas4 days ago

Headlines UFC Denver
Santiago Ponzinibbio4 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Denver
Muslim Salikhov4 days ago

Set To Face Santiago Ponzinibbio At UFC Denver
Gabriel Bonfim4 days ago

Looks To Get Back In Win Column
Ange Loosa4 days ago

An Underdog At UFC Denver
Cody Brundage4 days ago

An Underdog Again At UFC Denver
Abdul Razak Alhassan4 days ago

Looks To Return To Win Column At UFC Denver
Julian Erosa4 days ago

A Big Underdog At UFC Denver
Davante Adams4 days ago

Believes Aidan O'Connell Is The Starter
Tennessee Titans4 days ago

Jamal Adams Signing With Titans
Viktor Hovland5 days ago

Multiple Chips Off The Old Block
PGA5 days ago

Byeong Hun An Seeking First PGA Tour Win At Scottish Open
Si Woo Kim5 days ago

Looking To Contend At Scottish Open
Corey Conners5 days ago

In Top Form Heading To The Renaissance Club
Mackenzie Hughes5 days ago

Needs The Scottish Winds To Blow
Aaron Rai5 days ago

Has Found His Putter
Nicolai Hojgaard5 days ago

Looking To Break Poor Form Back In Europe
Matt Fitzpatrick5 days ago

A Volatile Option
Jordan Spieth5 days ago

A Risky Play Despite Links History
Ludvig Aberg5 days ago

Seeking Second Tour Victory At Scottish Open
Max Homa5 days ago

Seeking A Return To Form In North Berwick
Adam Scott5 days ago

A Safe Option At The Scottish Open
Cam Davis5 days ago

Tough To Trust At Scottish Open
Dak Prescott5 days ago

Cowboys Have Had Extension Talks
RANKINGS
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
OF
SP
RP

RANKINGS

QB
RB
WR
TE
K
DEF

MORE RECENT ARTICLES

 
Terry McLaurin - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Aging Wide Receivers To Target in 2024

Every year, regardless of position, we want the brand-new, young toy instead of the old, washed has-been. However, fantasy football managers consistently build successful squads around experienced players whose draft stock undervalues them due to age. While some players risk declining performance due to aging, their low Average Draft Position (ADP) already reflects this concern.... Read More


C.J. Stroud - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Top Candidates To Dethrone Josh Allen As The QB1 In Dynasty Fantasy Football

Dynasty fantasy football has become more popular over the past decade. While having an elite quarterback is more important in the NFL than fantasy football, it’s nice to have one of the top passers in the game. Josh Allen has been the QB1 in dynasty leagues for the past few years. However, his time as... Read More


Trey McBride - Fantasy Football Rankings, Waiver Wire Pickups, Draft Sleepers, Tight End

Top Candidates To Dethrone Sam LaPorta As The TE1 In Dynasty Fantasy Football

While fantasy players still love redraft leagues, dynasty fantasy football has become a massive part of the community. Travis Kelce has been the TE1 in dynasty leagues for the past several years. However, that title now belongs to Sam LaPorta. Last season, the former Iowa star was the TE1, averaging 11.5 half-point PPR fantasy points... Read More


Ja'Marr Chase - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS and Betting Picks

Top 400: Updated PPR Fantasy Football Rankings (2024)

Welcome back, RotoBallers, to some more of our freshly-updated fantasy football rankings to prepare for 2024 drafts! It's an exciting time for football fans as players will report to training camp next week, and we will have preseason games shortly after. The heart of the fantasy football season is here! Today we’ll be taking a... Read More


Bijan Robinson - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Rookies, Draft Sleepers

Top Fantasy Football Dynasty Players For Each Team: NFC South

It’s time to break down the top dynasty players in the NFC South. In this series, I am breaking down the teams by division and selecting who I believe is the most valuable dynasty fantasy player on each roster. It seems like forever since Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees were keeping this division... Read More


CeeDee Lamb - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Targets, NFL Injury News

Dallas Cowboys 2024 Fantasy Football Team Preview - QB, RB, WR, TE Outlooks

Welcome to my 2024 fantasy football preview for the Dallas Cowboys as part of my team-by-team fantasy football outlooks series. This new 32-part series will dissect each NFL team through a fantasy football lens. We'll look at each of the four primary positions—quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end—and identify each player's value at... Read More


Jaleel McLaughlin - Fantasy Football Rankings, DFS and Betting Picks, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Best Ball Sleepers: Who To Target After Round 10

The 2024 NFL regular season is still a few months away. While redraft leagues won’t start drafting until mid-August, July is the perfect time for a best ball draft. There are a few differences between a redraft league and a best ball draft. Unlike redraft leagues, fantasy players don’t set their lineup or make weekly... Read More


Kyler Murray - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Five Quarterbacks Set To Outperform Their ADP In 2024 Fantasy Football Leagues

Quarterback is arguably the most important position in all of professional sports. If a team can find a stud quarterback, it makes their life much easier. This applies to fantasy football managers and their teams as well. While paying up for quarterback is a necessity in the NFL, it’s not always the most prudent approach... Read More


Tee Higgins - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Fantasy Football Bounce-Back Candidates To Target In FFPC Best Ball Drafts

Disappointment is unfortunately a large part of fantasy football. Despite the best research and intentions, we are all wrong on many players after the draft season is over and the cleats are laced up for real games. Consider Austin Ekeler in 2023. He was drafted fifth overall in most formats, but finished the year as... Read More


MIles Garrett - Fantasy Football Defense Rankings, D/ST Streamers, Waiver Wire, IDP Pickups

Fantasy Football Defense Rankings (D/ST)

    Fantasy Football Rankings by NFL Position ALL - QB - RB - WR - TE - DEF   Defense (D/ST) Rankings Articles On this page you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings for team defenses (D/ST) and the NFL season. All of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings analysis, advice and articles related to the defense position appear here. Our fantasy football rankings articles include analysis on numerous league... Read More


Sam LaPorta - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (TE)

    Fantasy Football Rankings by NFL Position ALL - QB - RB - WR - TE - DEF   Tight End (TE) Rankings Articles On this page you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings for tight ends (TE) and the NFL season. All of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings analysis, advice and articles related to the tight end position appear here. Our fantasy football rankings articles include analysis on... Read More


Jared Goff - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

Fantasy Football Players To Target And Avoid – NFC North

The 2024 NFL regular season is still a few months away. However, the Scott Fish Bowl is underway, meaning it’s officially redraft fantasy football season. While most redraft leagues won’t kick off until mid-August, it’s never too early to prepare. Fantasy players can build a winning roster in multiple ways. Your draft strategy could change... Read More


Will Levis - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

2024 Fantasy Football Draft Sleepers List by Nick Mariano

This premium article is part of our 2024 Fantasy Football Draft Kit and a free sample of the expert analysis loaded up in RotoBaller's Draft Kit. Enjoy this premium article for free for a limited time. All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. Sleeper remains a mythical word that can mean... Read More