First base has always been the deepest position in fantasy baseball, and that hasn’t changed for 2013. It’s impossible to cram all of the viable options into just 15 spots, so keep that in mind as you look at this list. Just because someone isn’t listed doesn’t mean they hold no value, it just goes to show the depth the position has to offer.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Top 15 first baseman for 2013:
- Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
- Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
- Prince Fielder – Detroit Tigers
- Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals
- Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
- Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
- Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
- Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays
- Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
- Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
- Allen Craig – St. Louis Cardinals
- Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
- Ike Davis – New York Mets
- While Buster Posey, Carlos Santana & Joe Mauer are all included here (and do have 1B eligibility), they are all obviously significantly more valuable as catchers. I wouldn’t even consider using them at first base (the next three on the list, who would complete the Top 15 without them, are Corey Hart, Eric Hosmer & Paul Konerko).
- Billy Butler has shown the potential to be one of the top offensive forces in the league for a few years. Finally, in 2012, he realized that potential by hitting .313 (the third time in four seasons he has been above .300) with 29 HR and 107 RBI. If the power is for real (and an improvement in his 28.8% flyball rate back to his career mark of 33.4% would help), there’s no reason to think he can’t sustain it. The one knock may be his runs scored, but if the pieces around him improve (i.e. Hosmer and Mike Moustakas) as they should, that should fix itself. To view our 2013 projection for Butler, click here.
- Along with Butler, there is a new class of 1B that is quickly taking over baseball. Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo & Freddie Freeman all have the potential to emerge as Top 5 options as soon as 2013.
- Is there something to Adrian Gonzalez’ lack of power in 2012 and him having played in Fenway Park? Considering he hit 92 doubles between ’11 & ’12, there very well could be. It’s something to watch, but there is no reason to avoid him heading into 2013.
- Speaking of veterans to avoid, that leads us to Mark Teixeira… While you shouldn’t avoid him, it’s clear that his stock has taken a significant hit in recent years as he has become more of a liability in the average department. If you miss out on the upper-echelon he is still worth grabbing, just make sure you don’t overpay to get him based on his name. There are ample options you should be able to get at a much lower cost.
- Why is Ike Davis included in this list and Eric Hosmer isn’t? Davis’ significant advantage in the power department gave him an edge, but read our full review by clicking here.
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Make sure to check out our extremely early 2013 rankings (all of which will be updated in the next few weeks):