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

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups: First Base (1B) & Third Base (3B)

If you are looking for help off the waiver wire at either of the corner infield spots for your fantasy baseball team, you've come to the right place. Unless you are lucky enough to be in a league with a bunch of lazy owners, there probably aren't any sleepers or viable options still available in your league that are going to fix all your problems at once. However, there are still plenty of options widely available in many league formats including NL-Only and AL-Only that give you a much-needed boost in one or two categories, depending on where your team needs the most help. Here is a closer look at some of the top waiver wire pickups at the corner infield spots.


Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Juan Francisco (3B/1B, TOR)

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues

Juan-Francisco-MLB-fantasy-baseball-waiver-wireANALYSIS: Thanks to his suspect defense, Francisco had trouble getting regular at-bats early in the season. However, it appears Toronto has made the decision to get him in the lineup against right-handed pitching on a routine basis going forward. It's tough to blame the Blue Jays. After all, Francisco is hitting .358 against righties this year to go along with a ridiculous 1.210 OPS. Meanwhile, he has 7 homers and 15 RBIs in just 67 at-bats against right-handers.

His ownership in Yahoo! leagues has already climbed to 50 percent since he started getting regular playing time so you need to act fast. If you are willing to take the time to adjust your lineup and deploy Francisco only against right-handed pitchers, the effort will be rewarded.


Matt Dominguez (3B, HOU)

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues

ANALYSIS: The former first-round pick has been enjoying one of the more consistent runs of his young career, picking up at least two hits in seven of his last 10 games. The hot stretch has raised his average to .264 for the year to go along with 7 home runs and 19 RBIs.  Dominguez has been particularly deadly against left-handed pitching, batting .340 with a .918 OPS. In his first full season in the majors, he hit 21 home runs and drove in 77 runs but hit just .241. The power seems to be legit, but it remains to be seen if Dominguez is going to be able to keep his average at a respectable enough level to warrant a spot on fantasy rosters. If you happen to be in a position where you can pick him up and play him solely against left-handed pitching, he is owned in just 11 percent of Yahoo! leagues. However, most owners will be better suited keeping an eye on a Dominguez to see if his recent hot stretch is the start of something big. Those in deeper leagues or AL-Only leagues can take a flier off the waiver wire to see how this plays out.


D.J. LeMahieu (3B, COL)

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting, Add in NL-Only Formats

ANALYSIS: He continues to get regular playing time in an explosive Colorado lineup, and LeMahieu continues to produce. In fact, he has pounded out seven hits in his last three games, raising his average to .303. LeMahieu has also been crossing the plate with regularity despite batting in the bottom half of the Rockies' lineup, and he is on pace to score almost 80 runs in 2014. While the steady average has been a part of his game since his rookie year, he has yet to show the speed he flashed in 2013 when he stole 18 bases in 109 games. LeMahieu is owned in just 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and for now, he is mainly an asset for owners in NL-Only leagues that could use a boost in their average and run totals. However, keep an eye on him in case he starts running more frequently.


First Base Waiver Wire Options

Casey McGehee (1B, MIA)

BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only Formats

ANALYSIS: His ownership in Yahoo! leagues is holding steady at 25 percent, but McGehee's production at the plate remains just as steady. With six hits in his last four games and three more RBIs during the stretch, his average is up to .294, and he is sitting at 28 RBIs on the year. With a cushy spot in the lineup behind Giancarlo Stanton, he has been getting pitches to hit all year, and he continues to take advantage. Granted, he has just one home run all year so his power is nonexistent and he doesn't have a lot of value in some formats. Still, if you are set in the home run department, consider picking up McGehee and enjoying his steady batting average and RBI totals.


Adam LaRoche (1B, WAS)

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Formats

By dbking on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsANALYSIS: The injured LaRoche has seen his ownership drop below 50 percent in Yahoo! leagues, but while some owners have chosen to cut ties with him, I'd recommend scooping him up in any league he's still available while his stock is about as low as it will go. After all, we are talking about a guy that was hitting .319 with 5 home runs, 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored in 32 before hurting his quad. Meanwhile, LaRoche has been good for 25-plus homers and 100 RBIs in his last two full seasons.

He has already begun fielding grounders, and he could ready to come off the DL as soon as May 25. Once he gets back on the field and starts hitting, he isn't going to be available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues for very long. LaRoche could be a borderline top-10 option at first base the rest of the way. Grab him if you have the chance.


Justin Smoak (1B, SEA)

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-Only Leagues

ANALYSIS: Since his scorching first week of the season, Smoak hasn't been making a lot of noise. That being said, he is on pace to have his best season to date, and he is currently hitting .244 with 6 home runs, 27 RBIs and 20 runs scored. If Smoak can maintain his current pace, he is going to finish with around 20 home runs and 100 RBIs, which aren't terrible totals for a guy owned in just 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He isn't going to carry you in any particular category, but as long as Smoak can keep his average around the .250 mark, he does just enough of everything else to make a serviceable addition in AL-Only Leagues.


More Recent Articles


Bases Loaded Podcast: Early Round Values

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@BraffZ) and they discuss early round values. They go through and highlight a few players that are going inside the top 150 in ADP that offer a great chance to return profit. Subscribe to the Bases Loaded podcast, part of RotoBaller Radio's Podcast... Read More

Second Year Pitcher Preview: Fantasy Baseball 2020 ADP Analysis

Host Anthony Aniano of RotoBaller Radio discuss the 2020 fantasy baseball season and keeps you updated with all the latest news and analysis Be sure to tune into RotoBaller Radio on SiriusXM (channel Sirius 210, XM 87) - every weekday morning between 6-7 AM ET, every weekday afternoon from 1-2 PM ET, Saturday nights from 9-11 PM ET... Read More

Relief Pitchers to Target for Holds

Hold on... there are fantasy leagues that reward middle relievers, not just starters and closers? Yes, there are, and leagues that reward holds are one of the fastest-growing segments of fantasy baseball as real baseball continues to diminish the role of the starter in favor of building deep bullpens with multiple relievers that throw 95+... Read More

2020 Second Base Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Points leagues may seem like a slight variation from traditional 5x5 category scoring leagues but you must approach draft day with a different strategy if you wish to truly compete. Rankings themselves are a different beast altogether, as category specialists like Mallex Smith and Dee Gordon (stolen bases), Kyle Schwarber and Franmil Reyes (home runs),... Read More

ADP Showdown – Matt Olson vs Paul Goldschmidt

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported and position player workouts are getting underway, which means baseball season is officially upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already started dealing with tough draft position... Read More

2020 Second Base Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Leagues

As the season draws near, we realize more and more that it's draft season. There is a large portion of fantasy baseball busy with mock drafts, rankings, sleepers, and more mock drafts. The Dynasty community, on the other hand, is looking to continue their dominance, rebuild, or in a worst-case scenario, stick their hands up... Read More

Six Undervalued Draft Targets for Mixed Leagues

Heading into 2020, there are a number of players who had poor 2019 campaigns that should bounce back strong. Some of these players are presently undervalued by fantasy owners for one reason or another. In this article, I'll identify a few such players who should outperform their current ADP in 2020. While each of these... Read More

Josh Hayes' 2020 Best Ball Draft Targets (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The fantasy baseball season is here! For those fantasy players looking to get an edge on their 2020 leagues, Best Ball formats are a great way to get a head start on the players that look to be ADP risers this season. One key... Read More

Josh Hayes' 2020 Best Ball Draft Avoids (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The fantasy baseball season is here! For those fantasy players looking to get an edge on their 2020 leagues, Best Ball formats are a great way to get a head start on the players that look to be ADP risers this season. An underrated... Read More

Nine AL Rookies Ready to Leap Into Starting Lineups

Every year, there are those rookies who we expect to make a splash right away. Think Kris Bryant, Ronald Acuna, Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge--those guys. Once we make it through all the service time manipulation shenanigans, there are always youngsters ready to snatch roster spots immediately, and 2020 is no exception. Below are nine of... Read More

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Spin Rate

Spin rate has become one of the most recognizable Statcast metrics, with supporters of a given pitcher highlighting his spin rates to make their case. Unfortunately, the baseball world has done a lousy job conveying what spin rate really means. The result has been a ton of owners who know that spin rate exists, but... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Khris Davis

The Oakland Athletics finished 2019 with a record of 97-65, which was good for a second-place finish in the AL West and a second-consecutive wildcard birth. They did this despite a statistically down season from their superstar, Khris Davis. Davis struggled mightily in 2019 by slashing .220/.293/.387 with 23 HR, 73 RBI, 61 R, and... Read More

ADP Cost Analysis: Trey Mancini vs. Christian Walker

One of the most important skills in a fantasy draft is the ability to identify a player with similar value at a lower ADP. When you're able to find similar production at a lower cost, this allows you to use an earlier pick to fill out other areas of your roster, resulting in a stronger... Read More

MLB Closers and Saves: Fantasy Baseball Depth Charts

Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. Stay on top of all closer depth... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Staff Rankings

Below you will find RotoBaller's 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, tiers and auction dollar values for the 2020 MLB season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Mixed, Head-to-Head, Points, AL/NL Only, Two-Catcher Top 2020 prospects, Dynasty leagues, Keeper values Export the rankings easily... Read More