Bits: Thoughts on LaRoche, Lincecum ... 

April, 10, 2013

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a steal of a 15th-round choice in ESPN average live drafts, but he started the season hitless in 13 at-bats, then missed a few games because of back stiffness, and that apparently was enough for a handful of impatient fantasy owners to send him to the waiver wire. When LaRoche smacked his second home run of Tuesday night's 8-7 win over the Chicago White Sox, he was down from 100 percent ownership in ESPN standard mixed leagues to 94.2 percent. I had to laugh. It's one week!

LaRoche rarely seems to get the credit he deserves, but there was nothing fluky about his 33-homer, 100-RBI season from 2012. It wasn't the first time the underrated LaRoche delivered a similar season; he has five 25-homer campaigns (for four different franchises), and he's not a batting average liability. I thought numerous older yet power-laden first basemen fell too far in drafts this season (Paul Konerko, Ryan Howard, Lance Berkman). LaRoche is relatively safe, so check your league(s) and see whether he recently became available.