Fantasy Baseball: First base rankings

Last year I vaguely remember that the first base rankings didn’t feel that deep and it really seemed like if you missed out on those top end options you were in trouble. In 2017 the landscape of those first base rankings is somewhat different. I could legitimately make a case for 27 guys as starters and feel comfortable that they could return me some kind of production. We obviously have the stand outs in Paul Goldschmidt and Joey Votto but names such as Ryan McMahon and a full time Justin Bour could provide you solid value at a very low price. This all makes for an interesting strategy at a position that has historically all been about the big power guys.


In the middle of those two extremes are an interesting bunch of guys including Wil Myers who I wrote about here, the seemingly forgotten man in that Yankees line-up in Greg Bird who I wrote about in more detail here. Then there are also two other young guys who have the potential to go to the next level in Josh Bell and Trey Mancini who you can read more about here.

At catcher a lot of the draft is about balancing safety and upside but at first base I want to throw more caution to the wind and that is where Carlos Santana and Matt Carpenter fall down the rankings compared to the upside of the guys mentioned above as well as boom or bust players like Joey Gallo and Chris Davis.

As with all rankings I do the first base rankings are put together based on ESPN eligibility. This affects guys such as Matt Carpenter and Matt Olson who would gain eligibility on Yahoo and would therefore move up the rankings slightly based on their added flexibility.

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