First base is a position that many don’t really think about on draft day. Because most first basemen generally bring power and RBIs to fantasy baseball owners, and not much else, it’s easy to assume you’ll get a decent one even without a specific draft strategy. If you want to target a top-tier guy, it’s just as easy – grab him early and get on with the rest of your draft. However, this year, with seemingly more eligible 1Bs in other positions (at Yahoo at least), our rankings could decline faster than usual, leaving you struggling to find the slugger you want.
The best first basemen provide batting average, elite power, and RBIs, at least some SBs, or a combination of all. However, it is still unlikely that any will go in the first round, as no 1B can match the SB potential of the best players in other positions, particularly OF and SS. There are some 1B eligible players who could steal around 15 bases, namely Cody Bellinger, Keston Hiura, and Wil Myers. However, Hiura won’t be eligible at first base on draft day, and even then you’d probably play him at 2B, and Myers is more valuable as OF, so if you want some steals from your first base, you should probably have to make sure. have Bellinger in the second round.
Once you get past the top level (Freddie Freeman, Bellinger, José Abreu, Pete Alonso), it’s hard to tell the difference between many of the remaining guys. You know at least one or two will have monster years of home runs / RBIs (Matt Olson? Rhys Hoskins? Miguel Sano?), But their batting averages could be really negative. The races will be unpredictable, and you may have to worry about more days off from the NL guys who can’t DH this year. That’s why having at least one versatile player eligible for 1B is good, at least in daily leagues.
There’s certainly no shortage of potential sleepers in this position, as it’s easy to imagine a second-tier guy like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. escaping and joining the top tier or someone like Alec Bohm or Ryan Mountcastle taking advantage of their favorable local parks and posting. numbers of great power. However, you will notice that all three players are eligible in other positions, so you may have to target a recovery candidate like Trey Mancini, Jesus Aguilar or Josh Bell in superficial leagues or go further down the list for someone like Jared Walsh, Nate Lowe or Andrew Vaughn as your 1B or IQ backup in deeper leagues.
Ultimately, there will always be power available at this position, either at the end of the drafts or on the waiver wire. Daily playing time is a problem for the guys in the last round, like many platoons, but keep an eye out for hot starts and ride the wave as long as possible. Or just draft a stud in the first five rounds. That’s not always the best use of service capital, but very few homeowners complain about having Freeman or Abreu.
We will update these 1B rankings in the spring, so check out the latest player movement. Also, note that these rankings are compiled as if a player were only eligible in 1B. Certain players, such as DJ LeMahieu or Brandon Lowe, may be ranked higher overall due to their eligibility at other positions.
Fantasy Baseball 1B Rankings: First Base Levels, Sleepers, Draft Strategy
Rankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs and Batting Average as batting categories.
Position eligibility based on Yahoo default settings
* = player ineligible at a position on draft day, but is expected to play there during the season
|Rank||Player (bats)||Age (as of 4/1)||Team||Other Pos.||Level|
|1||Freddie Freeman (left)||31||Braves||–||1|
|two||Cody Bellinger (left)||25||Dodgers||OF||1|
|3||José Abreu (right)||3. 4||white sock||–||1|
|4||Pete Alonso (right)||26||Mets||–||1|
|5||DJ LeMahieu (right)||32||Yankees||2B, 3B||two|
|6||Luke You (R)||30||Yankees||–||two|
|7||Paul Goldschmidt (right)||33||Cardinals||–||two|
|8||Anthony Rizzo (left)||31||Puppies||–||two|
|9||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (R)||22||Tiles||3B||two|
|10||Keston Hiura (right) *||24||Brewers||2B||two|
|eleven||Matt Olson (left)||27||What||–||3|
|12||Rhys Hoskins (right)||28||Phillies||–||3|
|13||Brandon Lowe (left)||26||Ray||2B, DE||3|
|14||Wil Myers (right)||30||Parents||OF||3|
|fifteen||Christian Walker (right)||30||D-backs||–||3|
|sixteen||Max Muncy (L)||30||Dodgers||2B, 3B||3|
|17||Mike Moustakas (left)||32||Reds||2B, 3B||3|
|18||Alec Bohm (right)||24||Phillies||3B||4|
|19||Trey Mancini (right)||29||Orioles||OF||4|
|twenty||Josh Bell (C)||28||Nationals||–||4|
|twenty-one||Ryan Mountcastle (right)||24||Orioles||OF||4|
|22||Dominic Smith (left)||25||Mets||OF||4|
|2. 3||Miguel Sano (R)||27||Twins||3B||4|
|24||Eric Hosmer (left)||31||Parents||–||4|
|25||Yuli Gurriel (right)||36||Astros||3B||4|
|26||Jesús Aguilar (right)||30||Marlins||–||5|
|27||Jared Walsh (left)||27||Angels||–||5|
|28||Ryan McMahon (left)||26||Rocky Mountains||2B, 3B||5|
|29||Pederson’s Game (L)||28||Puppies||OF||5|
|30||Nate Lowe (left)||25||Forest ranger||–||5|
|31||Bobby Dalbec (right)||25||red stockings||–||5|
|32||Joey Votto (left)||37||Reds||–||5|
|33||Brandon Belt (L)||32||Giants||OF||5|
|3. 4||Hunter Dozier (R)||29||royalty||3B, DE||5|
|35||Jeimer Candelario (C)||27||Tigers||3B||6|
|36||Jake Cronenworth (left)||27||Parents||2B, SS||6|
|37||Carlos Santana (C)||3. 4||royalty||–||6|
|38||Andrew Vaughn (right)||22||white sock||–||6|
|39||Mark Canha (right)||32||What||OF||6|
|40||CJ Cron (right)||31||Rocky Mountains||–||6|
|41||Colin Moran (left)||28||Pirates||2B, 3B||6|
|42||Garrett Cooper (right)||30||Marlins||OF||6|
|43||Josh Fuentes (R)||28||Rocky Mountains||–||7|
|44||Albert Pujols (R)||41||Angels||–||7|
|Four. Five||Miguel Cabrera (R)||37||Tigers||–||7|
|46||Rowdy Tellez (left)||26||Tiles||–||7|
|47||Ji-Man Choi (left)||29||Ray||–||7|
|48||Mike Brosseau (right)||27||Ray||2B, 3B||7|
|49||Evan White (right)||24||Sailors||–||7|
|fifty||Michael Chavis (right)||25||red stockings||2B, DE||7|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.