With guys like Albert Pujols and Justin Morneau on the disabled list, you might be searching for a replacement first baseman on your league’s waiver wire.
Fortunately for you, there are plenty of solid backup options available in most of the Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues. Here are five guys who are owned in less than 55% of Yahoo! Leagues who could make an immediate impact on your roster.
- Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels (29% owned) – Trumbo has shown tremendous power in the absence of Kendrys Morales this season. He’s hitting .261 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI. He’s even stolen seven bases, a nice bonus from the first base position. He has an outside shot at rookie of the year and if you can grab him and stash him for the future, you probably won’t regret it.
- Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies (54%) – Helton has been around forever. He’s been around so long that people seem to have forgotten about him. Well, he keeps producing at a high level, even in his late 30s. This season, he’s hitting .308 with nine home runs and 32 RBI. He won’t put up Pujols-like numbers, but he’s more than a decent stopgap.
- Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers (44%) – Moreland is continuing to shine in the Rangers’ lineup. He’s hitting .285 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI. The Rangers don’t really need him to drive in too many runs behind Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre, so Moreland’s contributions have been gravy this season. If he can continue to produce at this level, the Rangers will continue to have one of the most feared lineups in baseball.
- Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners (50%) – Smoak is finally starting to realize some of his potential in Seattle. He’s hitting .260 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI for the light-hitting Seattle Mariners. If he can finish the season with 25+ home runs and 85+ RBI, that will be a very successful season for the young first baseman.
- Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves (27%) – Freeman appears to be the Braves’ first baseman of the future. This year, he’s hitting .273 with eight home runs and 30 RBI. He should continue to get better as the season wears on and in future seasons. He’s definitely worth taking a flier on if you have an injured first baseman that needs replaced.