Freddie Freeman's 14 home runs are currently tied with Aaron Judge atop the MLB leaderboard. Chances are Judge will go deep over the next 10 weeks, but Freeman will not. If everything goes to plan, the 70-day recovery timeline is what Freeman is looking at after a pitch broke his wrist.
As is the case with many fantasy players placed on the 2017 disabled list, to find Freeman 2.0 on the waiver wire is a fool's errand. However, there some options that can act as a tourniquet at first base.
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Justin Bour - Marlins
Justin Bour hit 38 homers over the past two seasons and has eight dingers in 39 games this season. The .468 OBP over the past two weeks is a great sign of patience at the plate combined with his power stroke. He’s available in more than 70 percent of leagues on FOXSports.com.
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Justin Smoak - Blue Jays
Let me preface this with he makes me more nervous than any waiver add in all of baseball. To rely on him to produce consistently may, too, be a fool’s errand. But if we want to give Smoak the benefit of the doubt, he’s poked four homers over the past seven days (nine HR in 2017) with 10 RBI and eight runs scored. The .292 BABIP is about 30 points higher than his career average. So, you need to get this lightning in a bottle in the lineup now.
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Tommy Joseph - Phillies
Joseph’s bat is starting to heat up. He’s hit three homers and carried an OBP north of .500 over the past 14 days. Still available in 67 percent of leagues on FOXSports.com, you could scoop up a guy many fantasy pundits considered a breakout candidate in 2017.
Josh Bell - Pirates
Bell is on absolute fire. As I was writing this, he hit his fourth home run in his past six games. That's the glass half-full analysis. The glass half-empty is it appears it's long ball or nothing.
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Brandon Belt - Giants
This may be a long shot as he's owned in 62 percent of leagues, but owners in 38 percent of leagues are celebrating this good fortune. Ignore Belt’s .229 batting average as his .275 BABIP in 2017 versus .338 career mark goes to show just how unlucky the Giants first baseman has been. He’s hit four homers over the past week with seven runs and four RBI. Belt is probably righting the ship.