Fantasy Baseball: 2019 First Base Rankings

Braves Freddie Freeman

Much like at the catcher position, the 2019 first base rankings just prove to highlight how awful the position is for this season. There are not many sure things before you get into question marks and issues. You will still have people scrambling to find a good option at the end of the draft even if you play in relatively shallow leagues.

Gone are the days where a first baseman commanded a top half of the first round pick. In 2019, it would be somewhat of a shock if one was even selected in the first round. Freddie Freeman has supplanted Paul Goldschmidt as the #1 option at the position for many. However, there is now momentum building on the side of Goldschmidt, including my U-turn in the middle of our first base preview podcast.

Behind that there is a further group of six first basemen who generally seem to be consensus “safe” picks. You will need to pay a fraction more than you might initially think they are worth. However, for the safety and security that many people believe those guys bring, it will be worth it. Once you get past that top eight it is all about picking the one you feel comfortable with. You can either gamble on the upside of a Joey Gallo type or go for the veteran presence of an Eric Hosmer or the old stud Miguel Cabrera.

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There will be some players earning the first base position relatively early. Perhaps the biggest name is Rhys Hoskins, who is virtually being considered a first baseman by many sites. An option would be to draft Hoskins and then find a cheap first baseman to cover you for the first couple of week.

For more on the position check out the podcast below. We go into depth on the position, and discuss some of the pros and cons of the guys outside the top eight.

2019 First Base Rankings

PlayerTeamOther PostionsKyle's RanksBen's RanksCombined Ranks
Paul GoldschmidtSTL111
Freddie FreemanATL222
Anthony RizzoCHC333
Joey VottoCIN544.5
Cody BellingerLADOF475.5
Jose AbreuCWS666
Jesus AguilarMIL856.5
Matt CarpenterSTL3B787.5
Edwin EncarnacionSEA999
Matt OlsonOAK101311.5
Joey GalloTEXOF111412.5
Max MuncyLAD3B131614.5
Carlos SantanaCLE141514.5
Miguel CabreraDET211015.5
Ian DesmondCOLOF122217
Justin SmoakTOR171717
Eric HosmerSD231117
Josh BellPIT161917.5
Trey ManciniBALOF241218
C.J. CronMIN182320.5
Jurickson ProfarOAKSS/3B202120.5
Luke VoitNYY251821.5
Jose MartinezSTLOF152922
Yuli GurrielHOU3B192723
Yonder AlonsoCWS262023
Jake BauersCLEOF222825
Peter AlonsoNYM272526
Tyler WhiteHOU292426.5
Wilmer FloresARI2B/3B303030
Marwin GonzalezMINSS/2B/OF283330.5

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