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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Base

The top 3 first basemen in 2013 are ostensibly interchangeable. They each offer  something a little different, but I would not take issue with having Votto, Fielder, or Pujols in the number 1 spot. Votto brings elite OBP, hits for a high average and has been good for just under 30 HR. The power is a question mark after last season when he failed to hit a home run after he missed 48 games due to knee surgery. Missing games is something owners haven’t had to worry about with Prince Fielder. He’s missed a total of 1 game over the last 4 years… combined. As for the third in the top 3, it’s hard to discount anything from Albert Pujols. The Machine has been the most dominant force in fantasy baseball over the last 10 years. He has a career .608 SLG. His down year last year (.285/.343/.516) still garnered MVP votes.

Looking down the rest of the list, there are 3 guys (Posey, Mauer, Santana) who will qualify at first, but they’re primary position will be catcher. Again the biggest difference of opinion comes from a fantasy crush of mine, Freddie Freeman. I have him at 6th, six spots above Chris and nine higher than Kyle. It was a tough call for me between Posey at 7 and Freeman at 6, the difference being the 45 points in AVG.

I’ve seen Paul Goldschmidt ranked as high as 4 on some people’s lists, but we were all in agreement that is a bit too optimistic. I do think Goldschmidt will be good, and will probably warrant a top 5 spot in the next few years, it’s just too early for that.

One notable fall in the rankings was Eric Hosmer. Last year, we had him as the number 7 first basemen. He barely made the top 15 this season. Fantasy owners are understandably put off by the risk Hosmer presents. He’s currently 116 overall and 14th among first basemen on ESPN’s Live Draft Results.

Ranking Chris Kendall Kyle
Joey Votto 1 3 1 1
Prince Fielder 2 2 2 2
Albert Pujols 3 1 3 3
Billy Butler 4 5 4 4
Adrian Gonzalez 5 8 5 5
Buster Posey 6 4 6 8
Edwin Encarnacion 7 6 9 6
Paul Goldschmidt 8 9 8 7
Joe Mauer 9 10 12 9
Allen Craig 10 7 14 11
Freddie Freeman 11 12 7 15
Paul Konerko 12 15 11 10
Anthony Rizzo 13 13 10 13
Carlos Santana 14 14 13 12
Eric Hosmer 15 11 15 -

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  1. […] Freeman – I’m super high on Freeman. He’s young, he’s improved year over year and last year he lost time with vision […]

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