Fantasy Baseball: Early Points First Base Rankings

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Doing the points first base rankings after the roto version is always really strange because there are some real deep shifts. Whereas catcher felt relatively similar from one format to the other the first base landscape has some big difference. Firstly Paul Goldschmidt isn’t the consensus number one in points. He is joined by not only Joey Votto but also by Anthony Rizzo.

Low strikeout guys get huge rewards in the points format so guys like Carlos Santana, Matt Carpenter and Buster Posey are more valuable in this format. On the other hand you have guys like Wil Myers, Greg Bird and Justin Smoak who are higher power but also high strikeout guys and their value sees a relative decrease to the roto format. Joe Mauer is always the big gainer in this format and he is always an under rated points guy that can be got relatively late in drafts whole providing consistent performance that can be really valuable if you wait to fill the first base position.


Points leagues also traditionally tend to require less players as there isn’t the demand for a corner infielder like there is in roto. This means that the position doesn’t dry up quite so quickly and guys in the 4th tier can often be got really late in drafts and don’t see the huge drop off compared to the top guys that other positions see.

Ranking for points leagues is always tough because every league is slightly different. The format I am taking here is what I consider to be fairly standard. A point for each base, run, RBI, walk, HBP and steal and -1 for each strikeout. Of course every league has its own quirk and that means the user has to adjust for those in his or her rankings for that particular league but hopefully this gives you base to go off and then you can adjust if for example your league rewards power or really punishes strikeouts.

As with my roto rankings everything here is calculated off ESPN eligibility.

Tier Ranking Player Team Eligibility
1 1 Joey Votto CIN 1B
1 2 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
1 3 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
2 4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
2 5 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1BDH
2 6 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
2 7 Carlos Santana PHI 1B
3 8 Cody Bellinger LAD 1BOF
3 9 Matt Carpenter STL 1B
3 10 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
3 11 Buster Posey SF C1B
4 12 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1BOF
4 13 Wil Myers SD 1B
4 14 Josh Bell PIT 1B
4 15 Joe Mauer MIN 1B
4 16 Yulieski Gurriel HOU 1B
4 17 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
4 18 Matt Olson OAK 1B
5 19 Greg Bird NYY 1B
5 20 Trey Mancini BAL 1BOF




  1. Bill

    January 31, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    No Eric Hosmer ?? Joe Mauer ? What is this 2009 ?

    • Ben Rolfe

      January 31, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Joe Mauer does the right things for points leagues. Walks plenty doesn’t strike out and hit around 0.300. He’s a fairly consistent top 20 guy in this format. As for Eric Hosmer; I have serious worries about him signing in time for the season. His value comes from being consistent over a full season and I’m not sure he will play a full season right now. He will eventually have some value but for now I can’t rank him because his contract demands could leave him out in the cold until it’s too late.

  2. Nick

    January 31, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    No Hosmer?

    • Ben Rolfe

      January 31, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      As I said above I have concerns over where he signs. Mid power first baseman aren’t in demand and he seems to want treating like an elite first baseman. I’m struggling to see an obvious fit for him right now and he could end up in a really bad offence or signing too late to start the season so I have enough concerns to stay away right now

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