In years past the first base position was loaded with so much power that a fantasy owner could sit and wait on the position in drafts. This season things are a bit different.

1 – Paul Goldschmidt11 – Ian Desmond
2 – Freddie Freeman12 – Edwin Encarnacion
3 – Matt Carpenter13 – Max Muncy
4 – Anthony Rizzo14 – Carlos Santana
5 – Joey Votto15 – Yuli Gurriel
6 – Matt Olson16 – Josh Bell
7 – Cody Bellinger17 – Jose Martinez
8 – Jesus Aguilar18 – C.J. Cron
9 – Jose Abreu19 – Peter Alonso
10 – Joey Gallo20 – Miguel Cabrera

We have Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman as your 1A and 1B at the first base position. Many thought Goldy had a down season in 2018 due to his slow start, but by the end of the season he still had another 30+ home run season, while hitting .290 and being a solid run producer. The major negative for Goldy was the declining speed but that could be expected as time passes. The move from the humidor in Arizona to St. Louis may help the overall numbers as well.

Freddie Freeman comes in at 2nd or 1B as the Braves first baseman is coming off a solid 2018 season. He hit over .300 with 98 RBIs and 94 runs scored. The downside for Freeman was only 23 home runs which many, including projection sites like Steamer and THE BAT think will head back to the near 30 home run mark.

After the top 2 you have the likes of Matt Carpenter coming off a career year in the power department. You have the ever consistent Anthony Rizzo coming off a down power season. And then Joey Votto who seemed to have lost all power while still doing great in all the other major fantasy categories.

As you round out the Top 10 you have the likes of Cody Bellinger who I can’t get in on. Jesus Aguilar who went off in his first full MLB season. Jose Abreu who is as consistent as they come and could give great value in the draft. Joey Gallo who may lead all of baseball in home runs, but unless it’s an OBP league he has major risk. Most importantly in this range is number 6 and that is Matt Olson who should take another step in his young career and approach Top 5 possibilities.

After the top 10 there are some hits and misses a long the way and it may depend on draft value or just the eye of the beholder. Josh Bell and C.J. Cron are 2 that really get my attention here. After the Top 20 the likes of Jake Bauers and maybe Rowdy Tellez (if playing time opens up) are deeper sleeper options.