Fantasy Baseball: Top 10 sleeper hitters for Week 8 offer plenty of first base options perfect for Freddie Freeman owners

Looking for a replacement for Freddie Freeman?

Well, even if you're not, first base is a position with serious potential this week, comprising 40 percent of this list.

And that's not even counting Victor Martinez, who's DH-only in CBS Sports leagues.

Speaking of DHs, the Angels play three games at an NL park this week, which could cut into Albert Pujols' playing time. The Blue Jays play two games in the NL, which will impact either hot-hitting Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales or both. It's a five-game week anyway, so better just to avoid them.

The Indians also play two games in an NL park, but they have seven games in all. I wouldn't worry so much about Edwin Encarnacion or Carlos Santana. If anything, maybe this is the week Santana picks up outfield eligibility.

Now then, for the top 10 hitters owned in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues:

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Josh Bell PIT • 1B • 55
last six games
BA.333
HR4
AB18
BB4
K2
As if the hot streak wasn't enough, Josh Bell has been at his best against righties, putting together an .870 OPS, and gets to beat up on four of the most disappointing this year: Julio Teheran, Bartolo Colon, Robert Gsellman and Matt Harvey.
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Tommy Joseph PHI • 1B • 19
last eight games
BA.423
HR4
AB26
BB5
K7
Another first baseman who has just crushed it of late, Tommy Joseph should continue to roll with seven games against the Rockies and Reds rotations -- especially at home, where he's batting .302 with an .879 OPS.
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Victor Martinez DET • DH • 41
last 14 games
BA.36
HR2
OPS1.01
BB6
K5
Victor Martinez has gotten off to a slow start this year but has maintained his usual stellar plate discipline, suggesting it's not a product of age. He has begun to pick it up lately and should benefit from the Tigers' eight-game schedule, which includes four games against the makeshift White Sox rotation.
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Justin Bour MIA • 1B • 41
last eight games
BA.458
HR5
AB24
BB5
K3
Only five games for the Marlins this week, which would seem like a deal-breaker for a fringy bat like Justin Bour, but with an accomplished righty masher, you need to take advantage of a full slate of righties, especially with the way he's hitting right now.
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Logan Morrison TB • 1B • 7
last 16 games
BA.259
HR6
OPS.949
AB58
K23
Speaking of righties, the six on tap for the Rays should ensure Logan Morrison stays in the lineup. He has hit 10 of his 11 homers this year off righties and should particularly enjoy facing ones like Ricky Nolasco, Alex Meyer and Phil Hughes.
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David Peralta ARI • RF • 6
2017 vs. RHP
BA.32
HR3
2B8
OPS.852
AB103
Forgot about him, did you? Yes, David Peralta returned to the lineup Friday after missing three games with a strained glute, and wouldn't you know he faces almost exclusively righties in his seven-game week against the bottom-feeding White Sox and Brewers rotations? He hasn't performed so well of late, but the splits suggest that could change this week.
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Brandon Drury ARI • 2B • 27
2017 vs. RHP
BA.337
HR2
2B9
OPS.92
AB89
Though a right-handed hitter, Brandon Drury has done his best work against righties this year and should feast on pitchers like Dylan Covey, Paulo Espino, Chase Anderson and Jimmy Nelson. Surely you can find a spot for him at one of three positions where he's eligible.
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Josh Reddick HOU • RF • 22
last 14 games
BA.296
HR4
OPS.916
BB6
K7
Tired of the lefty-righty theme yet? Well, Josh Reddick makes this list for a third straight week (with great results, by the way) for exactly that reason. Matchups against Jordan Zimmermann, Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez should keep the sparsely owned outfielder rolling.
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Scott Schebler CIN • RF • 43
career vs. LHP
BA.203
HR3
OPS.664
AB79
K15
Scott Schebler hasn't done much since homering five times in a five-game span in late April, but then, he hasn't had matchups as favorable as this week's. I'm talking seven games against righties (which is as important to the lefty slugger as you might expect) and all at hitter's parks in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
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Cameron Maybin HOU • LF • 3
last two games
AB10
H8
2B3
BB1
K
The last two games are only the start of Cameron Maybin's long overdue BABIP regression (the good kind). Seven games against some of the Rays' and Marlins' worst starting pitchers should help with that, and he could emerge as a big-time base-stealer in the process, having already gone 9 for 9.

Best hitter matchups for Week 8

1. Tigers @HOU4, @CHW
2. Rays LAA4, @MIN3
3. Red Sox TEX3, SEA3
4. Nationals SEA3, SD3
5. Phillies COL4, CIN3

Worst hitter matchups for Week 8

1. Padres @NYM3, @WAS3
2. Orioles MIN3, @HOU3
3. Dodgers STL3, CHC3
4. Rangers @BOS3, @TOR3
5. Brewers TOR2, ARI4

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