Fantasy Baseball: Early roto first base rankings

Gary Landers - AP

Following the disaster that is catcher it is always nice to get to the relatively happiness of the first base rankings. This year the rankings are really interesting to do because there is a big group of questions marks with really high upsides. That group could easily win you leagues but equally if you leave out the top tier and gamble on a couple of the high upside guys and they fail then you could be in for a long season of either scouring the waiver wire or convincing yourself one of them will come good.

The first base position when it comes to free agents is a little different to the catcher position. Rather than there being one potentially really good option sitting out there we have a handful of mid-level guys. All of them could serve a purpose for fantasy teams but none of them are likely to end the season in the top 5 at the position. The headliner of those is Eric Hosmer but we have seen year after year that his ceiling is top 10. If he signs in a great hitting situation that could increase a bit but I don’t see Hosmer suddenly challenging the big boys at the position. Other names that might affect the landscape could be Mike Napoli, Adam Lind, Danny Valencia and if its power you’re after we could yet see Chris Carter being a low end draftable option for fantasy! (Yes I am going down with this ship)

Again closer to the season I will go deeper with my rankings but for now here is my top 20 ESPN eligible first basemen.

Tier Rank Player Team Eligibility
1 1 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
1 2 Joey Votto CIN 1B
2 3 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
2 4 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
2 5 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
3 6 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B, OF
3 7 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B, DH
3 8 Wil Myers SD 1B
4 9 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
5 10 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
5 11 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B, OF
5 12 Josh Bell PIT 1B
5 13 Trey Mancini BAL 1B, OF
5 14 Greg Bird NYY 1B
6 15 Carlos Santana PHI 1B
6 16 Buster Posey SF C, 1B
6 17 Matt Carpenter STL 1B
6 18 Justin Bour MIA 1B
7 19 Matt Olson OAK 1B
7 20 Joey Gallo TEX 1B, 3B

 

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