by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There is no deeper position in fantasy sports than first base. While there are obvious advantages in owning a player at the top of the rankings, you could go 23-24 deep and still see value. Who’s the best options? Who has name value, but may not be worth selecting? Is there actually sleeper value at the position?
Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:
1. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
2. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
4. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays
5. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
6. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
7. Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
9. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
10. Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers
11. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
12. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
13. Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
14. Matt Adams – St. Louis Cardinals
15. Mark Trumbo – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Recent reports have Cabrera not ready for the start of Spring Training, though it’s not yet known if he will be ready for Opening Day. For now we are going to proceed like he’ll be on the field, though as we get more information we may need to adjust things.
- Joey Votto’s 2014 season was marred by injury, but that’s not why he plummeted down the rankings. His power has seemingly disappeared and he continues to be too passive in RBI opportunities (30.6% walk rate when up with runners in scoring position). So he has diminished power, no speed and is willing to let others drive in the runs? Sure there’s average potential, but from a first baseman that’s arguably not enough.
- While Freddie Freeman disappointed last season (.288, 18 HR, 78 RBI), it was a second half regression (13 HR in the first half) that hurt him. His average distance on non-groundballs (271.211) was actually up from 2013 and he’s one of the premier hitters in the league (31.0% line drive rate in ’14). Look for a significant bounce back season.
- Matt Adams was another player who disappointed last season, as his power was supposed to be his calling card and it completely disappeared. You don’t just forget how to hit for power, especially at his age, so consider him a player to target in all formats with home runs down across the league.
- It’s an impressive group of “just misses”, like Carlos Santana, Prince Fielder and Adam LaRoche. That just shows the depth at the position, wouldn’t you say?
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