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

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy baseball first base (1B) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

We recommend MLB first basemen for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

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

 

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has an 11-game hitting streak and his .333 batting average in September has helped pace the Angels playoff push. Cron has five extra-base hits this month and has knocked in 11 runs in September, looking more and more like the middle of the lineup thumper that many hoped for. He is chasing down his career high in home runs (he has 14 in 79 games and his career-high is 16 in each...continue reading

Matt Olson (1B/OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson has a home run in six of his last 10 games and his seven home runs in that time span have put him on the fantasy radar. Olson has 15 home runs in 44 games this season and had seven home runs in just 59 at-bats last month, posting a 1.020 OPS and strong .305 average. With his home run barrage, Olson now has three multi-hit games in his last 10 games...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has hits in nine of his last 10 games and his two-home run performance on August 29 shows his power potential. Cron now has a .257 batting average this season after hitting .308 in August and he has a .965 OPS in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He had a .568 OPS in the first half, taking him completely off of the fantasy radar and sending him to Triple-A...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini has hits in eight of his last 10 games and is still a good addition for fantasy owners. Mancini has been on and off waiver lists over the last few months, and a .732 OPS in July saw him go back on the waiver wire in a lot of leagues. While his .819 OPS in August is not nearly as good as his 1.013 OPS in June or even his .877...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has been a massive part of the Angels' playoff run, clubbing five home runs in 51 at-bats this month. Moreso than his home runs, Cron also has a .351 batting average in August, posting six multi-hit games in his last 10 games, and has scored 10 runs and driven in 12 this month. He has a home run in two of his last three games, and four of his last...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Yahoo ANALYSIS: C.J. Cron was nobody's idea of an exciting fantasy asset, but he had improved in each of his first three MLB seasons. Heading into 2017, he deserved to at least be on the radar of owners in AL-only or super-deep mixed leagues. A combination of injury, ineffectiveness, and the presence of Luis Valbuena conspired to keep Cron from playing much in the first half of the season. Since the break, however, he's caught fire. The 27-year-old has hit a...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman/outfielder Josh Bell has a .333 batting average to open August and he is a good source of cheap power for the stretch run. Bell has hit 20 home runs in his rookie season and has two multi-hit games in his last three games, including a home run, two doubles, and four RBI. He has four multi-hit games already this month and has driven in seven runs this month while scoring three times. While...continue reading

Rhys Hoskins (1B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: A trip to the disabled list for Aaron Altherr opened up a roster spot for Rhys Hoskins, the Phillies’ No. 6 prospect according to MLB.com. The 24-year-old was seemingly blocked at first base by Tommy Joseph, but he recently began working in the outfield and was starting for the Phillies in left field in his debut Thursday. At the time of his call-up, Hoskins led the International League with 29...continue reading

Dominic Smith (1B, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: The Mets shipped slugger Jay Bruce off to Cleveland Wednesday, paving the way for Dominic Smith, the club’s No. 2 prospect, to make the jump to the big leagues. Smith will debut on Friday against the Phillies, and figures to be a permanent fixture in Terry Collins’ lineup over the final seven weeks of the season. Smith has drawn some comparisons to Adrian Gonzalez, and while it’s a stretch to imagine the 22-year-old will...continue reading

Gerardo Parra (1B/OF, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies first baseman/outfielder Gerardo Parra has hits in nine of his last 10 games and his .914 OPS is very enticing for fantasy owners. Parra only has three multi-hit games in his small streak, but does have six doubles and eight RBI over his last 10 games. He has 24 extra-base hits and 48 RBI in just 69 games this season and had a 1.097 OPS and 17 RBI in 61 July at-bats. Parra has a...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: After a less than  impressive start to the season, Josh Bell has put together an impressive stretch of 185 at-bats spanning the months of June and July. Though not known for his power while working through the minor leagues, Bell posted a .522 and .527 slugging percentage in June and July respectively. Bell has traded plate discipline and contact for power, as his swing rate at pitches outside the zone has gone from 24.5% in his...continue reading

Joey Gallo (1B/3B/OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers utility man Joey Gallo has four home runs in his last three games, showcasing his power for fantasy owners. Gallo is now fourth in the American League with 29 home runs and he has eight RBI over his last three games, driving in multiple runs in four of his last 10 games. There are obvious issues making Gallo available, his .205 batting average and 134 strikeouts, but fantasy owners will be buying his power...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Rookie Josh Bell keeps climbing up the fantasy rankings, but not necessarily in ownership. His second half numbers show improved plate discipline and the power hasn't evaporated with it. Bell is up to 18 home runs and 55 RBI on the season, which should erase all previous doubts about his big-league power. He is the new cleanup hitter in Pittsburgh with Gregory Polanco on the shelf again and he's responded well -...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Josh Bell began the season with a troubling profile as he was striking out frequently, which greatly hindered his batting average. While he showed some power, it wasn’t enough to make him fantasy relevant at first base. However, since June began, Bell has cut down his strikeout rate and increased his hard contact rate greatly. For example, after hard contact rates of just 27.8% and 29.3% in April and May respectively, Bell has upped those rates to...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel is on pace for nearly 65 extra-base hits and should be owned in all fomats. Gurriel has a .365 batting average in July, slugging 10 extra-base hits in 52 at-bats, and has scored 10 times and driven in 14 runs. He has hits in seven of his last 10 games, including three multi-hit games, and has an RBI in three of his last five games. While stolen bases are not his calling card...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini has found a spot in the Orioles lineup and has a .305 batting average this season. Mancini has hits in seven of his last 10 games, but since he only has three multi-hit games in that time span, he could have been dropped in some fantasy leagues because of a small dip in production. Even with a small dip in production, Mancini still has a .279 batting average in July, clubbing...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Yuli Gurriel is flashing the hitting skills that made him a coveted player last season, and as a result, as he has become a solid four-category contributor for fantasy baseball owners. Gurriel’s carrying trait for fantasy leagues is his strong .297 average. His ability to hit for a high average is little surprise and should be expected to continue into the future thanks to a minuscule 12.3% strikeout rate. As also may be expected his strikeout rate, Gurriel’s...continue reading

Matt Adams (1B/OF, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams has four extra-base hits in his last four games and his power is a reason for him to be added to fantasy rosters. Adams had a .736 OPS and only three extra-base hits with the Cardinals in 48 at-bats this season, but now has 25 extra-base hits in 167 at-bats with the Braves. He had a 1.034 OPS in June, including 10 home runs, and he has driven in 35...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Believe it or not, the first half is almost over and All-Stars have officially been selected. If you're lucky enough to have a few of them on your fantasy squad, you're probably in good shape. If you're reading this article, chances are you have a glaring hole at either (or both) corner positions and need some offensive boost. Look no further, as there are plenty of options left that could give a spark heading into the latter portion of the 2017 season. The corner infield positions traditionally offer power with the...continue reading

Tim Beckham – (1B, 2B, SS, TB) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tim Beckham has gotten hot in June as he has posted an .846 OPS with a .456 slugging percentage. His playing time was limited a bit in the month, as he missed five games due to knee and hand injuries and also exited Friday’s action against the Orioles early due to tweaking his ankle. Another potential concern is the Rays’ suddenly crowded infield situation due to their acquisition of Adeiny Hechavarria. However, Beckham’s playing...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel had a .309 batting average in June, hitting a season-best four home runs, and is a decent addition to a fantasy roster. A .329 batting average in April saw Gurriel on the fantasy radar, but a .200 batting average in 90 May at-bats saw Gurriel hit the waiver wire once again. Gurriel finished June with hits in eight of his last 10 games, including five multi-hit games, and is a...continue reading

Danny Valencia (1B/3B/OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia is coming off of two months where he hit over .300 and is a great addition to fantasy lineups. Valencia had 17 runs scored and 21 RBI in June, hitting .308, and has found a spot at first base for Seattle with 21 extra-base hits in 261 at-bats this season. After posting a .181 batting average in 72 April at-bats, Valencia had a .306 batting average in May and had an...continue reading

Trey Mancini - (1B, OF, BAL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Trey Mancini was gaining more playing time as the wore on and the injury to Chris Davis has served to seal his role as an everyday player for the Orioles. He has taken advantage of that, posting a 1.105 OPS in the month of June. In fact, this compares rather favorably to another rookie receiving plenty of hype in Cody Bellinger, who has posted a 1.138 OPS for the month. His profile suggests...continue reading

Matt Adams (1B, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Adams has been swinging a very hot bat since he was dealt from the Cardinals to the Braves on May 20th. Since then, he has hit 12 home runs, driven in 31 runs, and scored 24 runs, all while slugging .654. There are some concerns in his profile, most notable of which is his 40% groundball rate. Given that, he will need to keep his HR/FB rate at or near its current 23.2% mark to keep hitting with...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Baltimore Orioles rookie first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini has made the most of all of his opportunities this season and has four home runs over the last 14 days. He has garnered more playing time with Chris Davis on the disabled list and, while his slugging profile looks similar to Davis (11 home runs in 175 at-bats), he also has a .303 batting average this season. It would be good if Mancini took a walk...continue reading

Logan Morrison (1B, TB) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Like many others throughout the league, Logan Morrison has increased his flyball rate and is on pace for a career-best home run mark. However, Morrison has made other improvements to his game, most notably his plate approach. Specifically, he has been more patient at the plate as his out of zone swing rate has dropped from around 30% over the past three seasons to 24.9% this season. Thus, he is swinging at more pitches inside the strike zone,...continue reading

Logan Morrison (1B, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison is setting a career high with his home run production, as he is already up to 15 HR in 53 games. Morrison's previous career high of 24 HR took 123 games and that was back in 2011 with the Florida Marlins. This season, he has an .890 OPS and his RBI production has also accelerated, as he has 36 RBI this season, with 21 coming over the last 30 days....continue reading

Alex Avila (C/1B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers first baseman/catcher Alex Avila has garnered even more fantasy value with his increase in playing time with James McCann out. Avila has excelled at the catcher position with a .910 OPS over the last 14 days and has a 1.029 OPS this season, including seven home runs in 99 at-bats. He only has a .114 batting average over the last seven days, striking out nine times, but does have a...continue reading

Lucas Duda (1B, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Lucas Duda is surging, posting six home runs, 11 RBI, and seven runs scored in his past ten games. However, he still has not gotten much fantasy attention, as is indicated by being owned in just 16% of leagues. First base is a deep position, but fantasy owners should find a place to start Duda as a corner infielder or utility player. Duda’s peripherals suggest that he is finally healthy again as his hard-hit rate is a career best...continue reading

Tommy Joseph (1B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Baller Move: Add in 12+ Team Leagues Owned In: 22% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: Tommy Joseph catches a lot of flack from Fantasy Baseball Managers and those who believe he is just the Philadelphia gatekeeper at first base during the organization's rebuild, and the reasoning is perplexing. This season Joseph has smacked eight homers along with holding a slash line of .248/.310/.763. While several of his offensive categories have been trending downward this year, Joseph is still a reliable deep-threat with a HR% at 4.6 percent and an isolated power figure...continue reading

Alex Avila (C/1B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team, Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Alex Avila's return to the Detroit Tigers has been a triumphant one so far. After one year in exile with the White Sox, Avila has not only reclaimed the starting catcher job, he's earning himself a spot on many fantasy rosters too. Avila is hitting a shockingly high .337 over 86 at-bats, but with a .469 BABIP that is 126 points above his career average, it's not going to last too much longer. This is...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour has a .349 batting average over the last 30 days, clubbing 10 home runs and becoming one of the top waiver pickups. Bour has been particularly hot over the last 14 days, hitting seven home runs, and has 11 runs scored and 11 RBI over that time span. His batting average for the season has continued to climb as well, jumping from .248 to .285 over the last couple weeks, and he...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Two weeks into the season, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman/outfielder Josh Bell was hitting a putrid .200/.273/.250 with only two extra-base hits, both doubles. In the month since, Bell has been outstanding. He's hit nine home runs, tying him with Cody Bellinger for second among all rookies. Over the last 30 days, Bell has an .812 OPS and has totalled 14 RBI and 18 runs scored. He still has his issues against left-handed pitchers, a .205 batting average...continue reading

Justin Smoak (1B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak has been written on before, but he just cannot stop hitting. Four homers and nine RBI in the last two weeks alone have brought Smoak up to 11 HR, 30 RBI on the season. He's also scoring plenty, having crossed the plate 12 times in the last 14 days. At age 30, it's unlikely we're seeing any sort of breakout that defies his Major League track record, but he is...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Ryon Healy was a hotly debated name throughout the offseason but has lost attention this season with the emergence of teammate Yonder Alonso. However, he has held up his end of the bargain flashing plenty of individual skill early in the season. Most notably, Healy has popped eight home runs through two months of the season, five of which have come in May. While not quite among the elite in hard-hit rate, Healy...continue reading

Justin Smoak (1B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: A former first round pick, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak has five home runs over the last 14 days, driving in 14, and has an 1.121 OPS. He has nine home runs this season, but the most impressive thing about his stat line is that he has four home runs in 30 at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Smoak has also owned his home in Toronto, Rogers Center, posting a 1.038 OPS in 66 at-bats at home. Unfortunately...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates' first baseman Josh Bell has lived up to his power potential over the past week, clubbing four home runs and knocking in nine RBI. Moving his sample size to the last 30 days, Bell has a 1.014 OPS and .376 isolated power, scoring 16 runs and racking up 17 RBI. Those numbers make Bell look like one of the better sluggers in the league and his .270 batting average over the last month has...continue reading

Tommy Joseph (1B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadephia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph is owned in less than a quarter of Yahoo leagues, but that will quickly change if he keeps on hitting .417 in a two week period. Joseph has a 1.349 OPS over that time period, clubbing four home runs, and is now up to six home runs, 18 RBI, and 18 runs scored this season. A .478 BABIP over these last two weeks has been a big reason for the...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Yahoo ANALYSIS: In his first 10 games this season, Justin Bour had just five hits and no home runs. Given his 303 ADP, most owners either didn't notice or made him one of their first cuts of 2017. Since that ignominious start, however, Bour has been excellent. He's hit .309/.391/.619, with nine homers and 22 RBI. Bour has hit behind Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton most of the year, but has recently been seeing time between the two slugging...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Ryon Healy caught our attention in half a season in 2016, stroking 33 extra-base hits in 72 games. So far, he has six home runs to open the 2017 season. He only has a .732 OPP, however, including a .762 OPS over the last seven days, but advanced statistics show that Healy could break out soon. Healy has seen his flyball percentage jump from 39% in 2016 to 48% in 2017, but his HR/FB rate has...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Yonder Alonso was a top prospect in the Reds' and Padres' systems, but was seen as a player that would be a good doubles hitter with an average in the .300s. He had a .943 OPS in 47 games in 2011, but his 1.077 OPS and 12 home runs so far this season have come out of nowhere. The 12 home runs are already a career high and his 1.077 OPS is more than 300 points better than...continue reading

Marwin Gonzalez (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: There is no player in baseball that is hotter over the last week than Marwin Gonzalez, as he has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a stolen base. On top of his strong performance, Gonzalez's eligibility at every position other than catcher makes him nearly indispensible when he is on a hot streak like this one. He is also a switch hitter, which is why he is matchup proof as of now (1.086 OPS against left-handed pitchers...continue reading

Cody Bellinger (1B/OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cody Bellinger posted a 1.055 OPS in 67 at-bats with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers before being called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers; he has been even better in the majors, posting a 1.127 OPS clubbing four home runs. He has found a spot in the Dodgers' lineup in left field, but will now get opportunities at his preferred position of 1B with Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled list. While Bellinger has...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A week into the season, Yulieski Gurriel was looking completely drop-worthy in all leagues. A 3-for-24 start had some concerned that his skill set just wouldn't translate to the majors after he slashed .262/.292/.385 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 130 at-bats in his debut last season. It didn't take long for Gurriel to pick up the pace, though. In the last 18 games, Gurriel has eight multi-hit games and four games with three hits. He's now slashing a...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Greg Bird will be shut down for the next week or so with no baseball activities. Bird had his second MRI of the season on his ankle. The first showed a bone bruise that the team hoped would heal. Today's test proved it has not. The first baseman will not be traveling to Chicago, and time away from the game may help him rest both physically and mentally. After posting strong numbers in spring training, Bird is hitting on...continue reading

Power Risers and Fallers: Week Four

Welcome back to this investigative piece where we examine players who have seen some notable changes in their power profiles -- for better or for worse -- in 2017. As usual, you don’t need me to tell you that Miguel Sano or Aaron Judge are strong or that Jarrod Dyson and Billy Hamilton are toward the bottom in average exit velocity. And as with every April analysis article, the standard “it’s really early so read with heaping grains of salt”...continue reading

Digging Deeper: Week 4 AL Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome back to Digging Deeper! I'll be taking a look at some deeper AL waiver wire options for Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season. As we round up the first month of the season, we are beginning to see which small sample sizes are real, and which players will bounce back from rough starts. Take a look at your waiver wire to see if any of the latter players are available. If your leaguemates cut bait too soon, you can capitalize on a rebound in May and beyond. Along with the normal...continue reading

Digging Deeper: Week 4 NL Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome back to our Week 4 edition of Digging Deeper, our weekly column where we will focus on deep league waiver wire options. My counterpart Tom Bellucco will be handling the American League while I focus on the National League. For those that have played in limited size leagues, you are well aware that at-bats and innings are the precious commodities. You are not going to find a top-100 player on the wire at any point this season. In fact, top-150 is a stretch. And as the year goes on, the options are going to...continue reading

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers: Week 4

Welcome back, RotoBallers! We now have a decent enough sample size in the early MLB season to look at some key offensive trends. Among those trends we will follow each week is contact rate. A sudden increase or decrease in contact rate could signal the beginning of an extended hot or cold streak. Each week we will look at a few players on each side and compare their previous week's contact rate with their actual performance. We do this because we care about you, the fantasy player. Top contact rate risers and...continue reading

Cody Bellinger (1B/OF, LAD) - Prospect Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: According to Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick, super prospect Cody Bellinger has been called up today:

Source: Cody Bellinger is being called up by Dodgers.

— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 25, 2017 For now, we are recommending adding him off the waiver wire for 12+ team leagues. If you have a roster spot to burn, he can be added in shallower leagues as well. It will be interesting to see how much he plays,...continue reading