First Base Rankings: Roto

There is little doubt that first base is the pure power position of fantasy baseball; it’s the only position where more than 20 homers is not just wanted – it’s expected.

The top-end options can not only provide you with 30-plus homers, but they can do it while putting up an average that doesn’t actively damage you in that category. Steals is rarer commodity for first base with only half a dozen guys projected to have more than five. Of them, Paul Goldschmidt and Todd Frazier are the stand out players and even then you are more than likely drafting Frazier to play third base.

I have included the three DH-eligible players in this article as bonus value because I expect at least Chris Carter – and potentially Kennys Vargas – to be first base eligible at some point. This is also the group they naturally fit best with from a production stand point. I haven’t ranked them officially but I have slotted them in where I think they belong in the rankings.

(The position in brackets is the position you are more likely to use them in)

As a quick reminder about using the tiers/rankings below:

  • I rank based on where I for see a player finishing the year
  • I don’t overly consider ADP into account when I rank
  • Just because Player 1 is ranked above Player 2 does not mean that I think he should be selected before him if you can get Player 1 five rounds late
  • I may consider taking Player 1 a round earlier than he is currently going to ensure I get him if I feel he is going to produce similar to a player going much higher.

The Elite

  1. Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
  2. Miguel Cabrera, DET

The Close To Elite

  1. Anthony Rizzo, CHC
  2. Jose Abreu, CWS
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Solid #1’s

  1. Adrian Gonzalez, LAD
  2. Freddie Freeman, ATL
  3. Todd Frazier, CIN (3B)
  4. Victor Martinez, DET

Low End #1’s

  1. Albert Pujols, LAA
  2. Prince Fielder, DET
  3. Joey Votto, CIN

David Ortiz (DH)

High End Corner Infielder’s

  1. Buster Posey, SF (C)
  2. Chris Davis, BAL (3B)

Chris Carter (DH)

  1. Lucas Duda, NYM
  2. Adam LaRoche, CWS
  3. Carlos Santana, CLE

Corner Infielders with Upside

  1. Brandon Moss, CLE
  2. Matt Adams, STL
  3. Brandon Belt, SF
  4. Steve Pearce, BAL

Low End Corner Infielder/Utility Player

  1. Justin Morneau, COL
  2. Eric Hosmer, KC
  3. Mark Trumbo, ARI

Utility Players/Back-up CI’s

  1. Mike Napoli, BOS

Kennys Vargas (DH)

  1. Adam Lind, MIL
  2. Michael Morse, MIA (OF)
  3. Kendrys Morales, KC
  4. J. Cron, LAA
  5. Mitch Moreland, TEX
  6. Logan Morrison, SEA

Deep League/Desperation Options

  1. Ryan Howard, PHI
  2. Joe Mauer, MIN
  3. Allen Craig, BOS
  4. Billy Butler, OAK
  5. James Loney, TB
  6. Garrett Jones, NYY
  7. Nick Swisher, CLE
  8. Ike Davis, OAK
  9. Yonder Alonso, SD

If you have any specific questions then hit me up on twitter or leave a comment below.

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