Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups - First Base (1B)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy baseball first base (1B) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams. Be sure to also use our other lineup resources and tools shown in the icons below.

iPhone Fantasy Baseball App - Waiver Wire PickupsAndroid Fantasy Baseball App - Waiver Wire PickupsUsing your phone? Download our free Waiver Wire app, which includes news notifications, injury alerts & articles.

 


Premium Tools

Includes DFS

MLB Columns

Fantasy Analysis

MLB News

Player Updates

MLB Rookies

2018 Top Prospects

Closers & Saves

Depth Charts

Expert Q&A

One-On-One Chat

 

2018 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

ALL - C - 1B - 2B - SS - 3B - OF - SP - RP

 

Tyler White (1B, HOU) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Jose Altuve and George Springer on the disabled list, there was some reshuffling done which now allows first baseman Tyler White to get some playing time at first base. Thus far, he is making the most of it. In the last two weeks, he has three homers, nine RBI, and a .342 batting average. In 79 plate appearances, White has a slash line of .279/.380/.574. These totals are boosted by a 14% walk rate...continue reading

Daniel Palka (1B/OF, CHW) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: In the last 30 days, Chicago White Sox first baseman/outfielder Daniel Palka has compiled seven HR with 17 RBI and a .306 AVG. The important thing to know is that he has very unique splits. At home, he is a .277 hitter that only generates 33% hard-hit rate and his swing is catered toward a ground ball result (46%). Contrarily, on the road, his swings generate more fly balls (44%) and hard-hit rate (43%), resulting in more...continue reading

David Freese (1B/3B, PIT) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates infielder David Freese has been an underestimated player this year. Ok, may he is not big-time power hitter, but he is just another guy who can hit the ball. However, it is worth pointing out that he does have a slash line of .292/.346/.474 so Freese does provide exactly what you need in a player, the ability to get on base and above-average slugging. In the last 14 days, Freese has two homers with nine...continue reading

Trey Mancini (1B/OF, BAL) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini came busting into the league in 2017 hitting .293 with 24 HR and 78 RBI. He was given a hard dose of reality in 2018, as he is hitting a terribly low .231, pulled down partially due to a .271 BABIP. No matter his issues, though, he still has 16 home runs and is an undoubted boost to power numbers. If there is a silver lining, it is that Mancini has...continue reading

Albert Pujols (1B, LAA) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is currently on the disabled list with knee inflammation but the well-timed All-Star break gives him the possibility of returning fully healthy for the second half. Since the All-Star break (July 23), Pujols has only had two hitless games and has two home runs and four doubles in the same time span. Even at 38 years old, Pujols continues to smack the ball with authority, with a Hard-Hit rate better than he has in the...continue reading

Trey Mancini (1B/OF, BAL) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini came busting into the league in 2017 hitting .293 with 24 HR and 78 RBI. He was given a hard dose of reality in 2018, as he is hitting a terribly low .231, pulled down partially due to a .275 BABIP. He does have 15 homers on the season though. If there is a silver lining, it is that Mancini has shown some signs of life recently. In the last 14...continue reading

David Freese (1B/3B, PIT) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: At 35 years old, Pittsburgh Pirates corner infielder David Freese is demonstrating that he can be a productive player on your roster. In 211 plate appearances in 2018, he has a .286 batting average to go with eight homers and 36 RBI. He has also frequently been in the middle of the Pirates lineup, putting him the position to enhance his run creation tallies. It is surprising because he is not hitting the ball that hard (33%)...continue reading

Greg Bird (1B, NYY) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: An inability to stay healthy has plagued Greg Bird throughout his major league career, which is why he still doesn't have 600 plate appearances to his name despite debuting in 2015. What Bird does have is power, a park seemingly tailor-made for his swing, and a stacked lineup in which to ply his trade. Bird's current numbers don't jump off the page (.236/.326/.446, nine home runs) but that's partly due to a slow start that's still dragging...continue reading

Kendrys Morales (1B, TOR) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales has yet to show his age and is hitting cleanup for the Blue Jays. Even at 35 years old, he is not a handicap to any fantasy lineup. By itself, his 13 HR and .253 average on the season does not exude confidence, but, when you look at his recent performance, you will see the benefits he still provides. Since July 23, Morales is hitting .302 with two home runs,...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B/OF, TB) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Given the dominance of the Yankees and Red Sox, the Rays were never likely to contend for a playoff spot. They have been respectable, though, posting a .500 record and a positive run differential entering Saturday's action. One reason has been the play of rookie Jake Bauers. The 22-year-old has hit .242/.347/.500 with nine home runs and four stolen bases in 50 games since getting promoted to the majors in June. He has not run as much as fantasy owners...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TB) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron has predictably not maintained the torrid pace he set early in the season, but he can still help your fantasy squad. Cron is still the cleanup hitter for the Rays and has hits in two of his last three starts. After a putrid June, he has rebounded quite nicely since the beginning of July. The 28-year-old has seven multi-hit games in that time period, which has helped him to produce a .313/.356/.627...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TB) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron has predictably not maintained the torrid pace he set early in the season, but he can still help your fantasy squad. Cron is still the cleanup hitter for the Rays and has hits in three of his last four games After a putrid June, he has rebounded quite nicely in July. The 28-year-old has six multi-hit games this month, which has helped him to produce a .355/.406/.677 line. Cron has...continue reading

Wilmer Flores (1B/2B/3B, NYM) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is a tricky player to value, as he keeps hitting, but his playing time is always a question. The Mets have been a train wreck as usual, but for once they seem willing to let Flores play regularly instead of blocking him with retreads. Closing in on his 27th birthday, Flores has slowly but steadily improved each season in the major leagues. Currently, he is hitting .271/.327/.454 with nine home...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, SEA) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners corner infielder Ryon Healy is well-known for his streaky performance and had a spell of good production this past week. He hit three homers and drove in 12 with a .429 batting average. Do not get too excited about the average. Healy provides one thing for your team, power in spurts. He does not even offer value in OBP leagues with a lowly 3.6% walk rate. He strikes out often enough (22.9%), but, unfortunately, it...continue reading

Greg Bird (1B, NYY) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has cooled off a bit after a torrid start to July, but is still slashing .261/.333/.449 this month. He has a hit in five of the last six games and has a double in two of those games, scoring two runs and driving in three. Bird has also had opportunities to hit near the middle of the lineup (usually 5th, 6th, and 7th), a good thing considering that the Yankees are one of the...continue reading

Kendrys Morales (1B, TOR) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales has yet to show his age and is hitting cleanup for the Blue Jays. Even at 35 years old, he is not a handicap to any fantasy lineup. By itself, his 12 HR and .257 average on the season does not exude confidence, but, when you look at his recent performance, you will see the benefits he still provides. Over the last seven days, Morales is hitting .450 with a...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B, TB) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Given the dominance of the Yankees and Red Sox, the Rays were never likely to contend for a playoff spot. They have been respectable, though, posting a .500 record and a positive run differential entering Saturday's action. One reason has been the play of rookie Jake Bauers. The 22-year-old has hit .245/.346/.472 with six home runs and three stolen bases in 38 games since getting promoted to the majors last month. He has not run as much as...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TBR) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: C.J. Cron has predictably not maintained the torrid pace he set early in the season, but that doesn't mean he can't still help your fantasy squad. In fact, after a putrid June, he's rebounded quite nicely in July. The 28-year-old has five multi-hit games this month, which has helped him to produce a .375/.426/.708 line. Cron has also flashed improved plate discipline in that time, posting easily his best walk and strikeout rate of the year on...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B, TBR) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Given the dominance of the Yankees and Red Sox, the Rays were never likely to contend for a playoff spot. They've been respectable, though, posting a .500 record and a positive run differential entering Sunday's action. One reason has been the play of rookie Jake Bauers. The 22-year-old has hit .243/.354/.471 with five home runs and two stolen bases in 38 games since getting promoted to the majors last month. He hasn't run as much as fantasy...continue reading

Greg Bird (1B, NYY) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is very quickly turning his season around, hitting .321 with three home runs, five runs scored, and 12 RBI this week. The short porch in right field of Yankee Stadium is particularly advantageous for a left-handed hitter like Bird who has a 53.7% pull rate. The question then becomes his ability to make consistent contact. Bird’s contact percentage of 76.8 is average but his swinging strikes of 10.3% is below average and needs to be...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko slumped hard in June, but he has slashed .324/.444/.622 since the calendar flipped to July. He has four multi-hit games already this month, and has walked more often than he is struck out. While he’s pacing toward his lowest power output since 2014, Gyorko entered this season having averaged 25 HR/600 PA for his career. It would not be a surprise to see him pop balls over the fence more often...continue reading

Derek Dietrich (1B/2B/3B/OF, MIA) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Marlins are not very good, but utility player Derek Dietrich has been a bright spot for them in the season’s first half. The versatile veteran has hit .288/.350/.452 with 11 home runs and 49 runs scored across 92 games, primarily hitting in one of the first two spots of the Miami batting order. Since the beginning of June, the former 2nd round pick for the Rays is slashing .319/.386/.489, slugging five home runs and eight doubles. He...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron is thankful to be in the month of July. He is working his way back from a terrible June in which he hit for a .130 batting average. In two weeks of July, Cron has a .405 batting average and has reduced his strikeout rate by 16.2%. Over the last seven days, Cron is hitting .400 with three home runs, five runs scored, and 10 RBI. Additionally, his Hard-Hit percentage...continue reading

Kendrys Morales (1B, TOR) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales is proving that age is nothing, but a number and is on a power surge. Overall, it might be easy to believe that his bat is slowing down as his season stats do not look particularly impressive. Morales has a 9.2 BB%, 23.7 K%, and a .195 ISO for the season. However, the last 30 days his performance is much more fantasy friendly. During that time, Morales had a walk...continue reading

Albert Pujols (1B, LAA) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is currently on the disabled list with knee inflammation but the well-timed All-Star break gives him the possibility of returning fully healthy for the second half. Over the last seven days, Pujols has a .333 batting average, four home runs, and six RBI. Even at 38 years old, Pujols continues to smack the ball with authority, with a Hard-Hit rate better than he has in the last seven years (42.2%). Unfortunately, he is swinging at...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B, HOU) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel continues to be an under-appreciated asset on the waiver wire. As has been said in the past, he is a source of excellent AVG with the potential for more production based on his team and position in the lineup. He demonstrated this week the benefits of being apart of the Astros lineup as there have been ample RBI opportunities. Gurriel is securely slotted in the cleanup spot with Alex Bregman and ...continue reading

Brad Miller (1B/2B/SS, MIL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers infielder Brad Miller was acquired from the Rays roughly a month ago, but he immediately spent two weeks in the minors before being recalled to resolve a troubling infield position for the Brewers. In the last two weeks, Miller has two homers, three doubles, and a .316 AVG. Even better, over the last week, Miller is hitting .333 with a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI. Miller has joined the fly ball revolution...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko continues to linger around and entice fantasy managers in hopes that he will regain his 30 HR power while maintaining a decent average. He does have his moments where everything syncs and now seems to be one of those times. Gyorko is hitting .360 over the last week with two home runs, four runs scored, and eight RBI. With a career best 39.7% hard hit and 43.3% flyball rates, Gyorko is...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers is having impressive start to his rookie campaign. He is no Juan Soto, but Bauers is slashing .267/.409/.493 with a 45.3% hard-hit rate – Soto only has a 39.1%. The big difference thus far is Bauers does not have a fly ball rate (23%) similar to Soto (33%). Over the last seven days, Bauers is hitting .318 with a home run, stolen base, three RBI, and five...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/3B/OF, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers utility man Niko Goodrum went 4-for-4 on Saturday, giving him two such performances already in the month of July. Despite a forgettable June, the Tigers’ Swiss Army Knife (he is eligible everywhere but catcher) has hit .251/.325/.461 with eight homers and seven steals in less than a half-season’s worth of plate appearances. While two four-hit games will help, Goodrum does have a solid .328 OBP since the beginning of June. He has 13 extra-base hits in...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, SEA) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Since returning from an early-season ankle injury on April 26, Ryon Healy has hit .262/.292/.496 with 17 home runs and 69 R+BI in 65 games. More than half of those home runs have come over the past month, but Healy remains on the waiver wire in well over half of Yahoo leagues at the moment. Sure, the on-base percentage is terrible, but it's not like we've never seen a player with a putrid walk rate put up a...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers first baseman/catcher John Hicks was a hot waiver add when Miguel Cabrera went down with a season-ending injury. While the Tigers' catcher may not be as coveted as he was earlier in the season, he is still seeing regular playing time for Detroit, making him a potential option if you're struggling at backstop. For the season, Hicks has hit .273 with six home runs and 23 RBI. While those numbers look impressive on paper,...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B, HOU) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel finished last week with three days on paternity leave and was subsequently dropped in a few leagues. Remember, his value is based on two things, batting average and opportunity. Over the last seven days, Gurriel is hitting .467 with a home run, five runs scored, and seven RBI. Gurriel should be activated off paternity leave on Monday and placed directly back into the middle of the Astros lineup that has scored...continue reading

Kendrys Morales (1B, TOR) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Even at the age of 35, we did not know how long Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales could defy the hands of time. The 2018 season has demonstrated that yet again no one escapes, as he struggled to open the season. As Morales struggled to a .499 OPS through April, the whole fantasy world moved on. Well, 12 weeks later, Morales has started showing glimpses of his younger self. On the season, Morales has 10...continue reading

Derek Dietrich (1B/2B/3B/OF, MIA) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins utility player Derek Dietrich has five multi-hit games in his last 10 and has a .362 batting average in June. Dietrich has nine extra-base hits, including four home runs this month, and has a strong .609 slugging percentage in June. On a smaller sample size, Dietrich has four extra-base hits in the last three games, driving in eight runs this month and scoring 12. A .438 BABIP this month would lead many to believe that this...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/3B/OF, DET) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Once again, another week, another surprisingly good piece of work for Detroit Tigers utility player Niko Goodrum. A .250/.350/.500 line with his seventh home run of 2018 is pretty solid for 20 plate appearances. The guy is just producing. Goodrum is not winning you any weeks or championships by himself, but this guy can put in work in limited at-bats and is a perfect off day or injury fill-in. He strikes out a bit too much, and...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso has a run scored and RBI in each of his last three games started and has three multi-hit games in his last six games. Alonso only has six extra-base hits this month, but he hit a home run on Friday night and is hitting .263 in June. The batting average bump is a good sign, as Alonso is now up to a .255 batting average this season. While he has not...continue reading

Eric Thames (1B/OF, MIL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After missing seven weeks from left thumb surgery, Eric Thames had a quiet return to the Milwaukee Brewers, going 1-for-10 with six strikeouts. He came alive on Sunday, bombing two home runs, collecting four RBI and a steal. The big day brought his season slash to .244/.344/.628. Thames is the antidote for managers looking for power, with nine long balls in only 89 plate appearances. His 30% HR/FB entering Sunday will moderate but a 45% FB% could support...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks is a player to watch for fantasy purposes, as he has a .295 batting average this season. He has hits in seven of his last nine games, including four multi-hit games, and has also scored a run in five of his last six games. Since the beginning of May, Hicks has a .319 batting average, .464 slugging percentage, and 11 extra-base hits. He has a .408 BABIP since the beginning of May,...continue reading

Daniel Descalso (1B/2B/3B/OF, ARI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Daniel Descalso has come out of nowhere to be a waiver wire option. Somehow the Diamondbacks have enough confidence to allow him to hit in the middle of the lineup. He is rewarding that good faith with production we have never seen from him before. Descalso has a slash line of .280/.374/.542 in 203 plate appearances. He is also carrying an abnormally high flyball rate (48%) and hard hit rate (44%). Over the...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B,TB)  - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers is one of the Tampa Bsy youngsters that was recently brought up and is having success. Bauers has been performing quite well recently. After starting his career off 0-for-8, he has since figured things out and has gone 10-for-41. He has a .400 batting average, four home runs, six runs scored, and seven RBI over the last week, even stealing a base. It is a terribly short amount of time...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B, HOU)  - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is the safest bet of any free agent pickup this week. He is a sure thing, nearly as guarantee-able as death and taxes. This week, Gurriel is hitting .455 with a home run, five runs, and six RBI. Gurriel is somewhat safe bet for a .300 AVG and little power. Gurriel’s .302 average is pretty good, but is unlikely to help to increase your team’s batting average. It is unfortunate that...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, SEA) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners infielder Ryon Healy has had a roller coaster season and the roller coaster of production is riding at a high point for Healy in recent weeks. Over the last seven days, Healy is hitting .360 with four home runs, five runs scored, and five RBI. Unfortunately for those looking at Healy, his opponents this week are the Yankees and Red Sox. In total, he will face-off against right-handers five out of six matchups this week. Healy...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (OF/1B, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers first baseman/outfielder Niko Goodrum had another surprisingly good week. A .267/.294/.600 line is pretty solid for 15 at-bats, but the thing that gets me is the extra base hits. Of his four hits this week, three of them including his homer went for extra bases. In fact, 19 of his 36 hits on the year have gone for extra bases, including the six home runs. The surprising speed that Goodrum brings to the table allows...continue reading

Max Muncy (1B/3B/OF, LAD) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Max Muncy has a seven game hitting streak going, including a two home run game on June 3rd, and home runs in each of the last three games. At just 42%, he still is criminally underowned. In the last 30 days, Muncy has a .731 slugging percentage, including eleven home runs, and has 21 RBI. Mainly playing first base and third base for the Dodgers, Muncy has also found a place at the...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso is a guy who gets you power, but could be a liability in other categories. The liability in this case is his batting average. He has a slash line of .245/.317/.446 to go with 11 homers, but has looked better of late. Over the last seven days, Alonso is hitting .410 with two home runs, six RBI, eight runs scored, and has even added a stolen base. Alonso consistently bats fifth in...continue reading

Justin Bour (1B, MIA) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Much was expected from Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour after he hit 25 HR in 2017. Some owners are let down because they are not getting the power they anticipated, as his ISO is down to .191, which is still better than league average. However, he has become an overall better hitter. Over the last week, Bour has a .304 batting average, three runs scored, and three RBI. Bour has better control at the plate with a...continue reading

Max Muncy (1B/3B/OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Dodgers are starting to pick up steam, and most of that momentum has to do with bench bats playing above expectations. Max Muncy is one of those players, and to be honest, has forced himself into a starting job until he stops hitting. Through 37 games he is slashing .235/.347/.500 with seven homers and double-digit runs and RBI. This year has been his best in the majors so far, as with Oakland his average...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso has been on fire over the last week, posting a hit in seven consecutive starts before an 0-fer on Friday night. Alonso had two doubles and two home runs over that hot streak, scoring five runs and driving in seven runs. In the month of May, Alonso scored 12 runs and drove in 12 runs, posting a .759 OPS for the month, hitting eight extra-base hits. Alonso has a 36.8% hard...continue reading

Ronald Guzman (1B, TEX) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman was drafted in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic and slowly brought through the minors to ultimately get called up for a short stint with a couple of the starters getting injured. At first glance, Guzman is not anyone that will grab your attention. The average fantasy manager will see a guy that is hitting .229 with six HR and 20 RBI. However, he is hitting .364 with four home runs,...continue reading