The constant storyline so far this season is how shallow first base is come draft day. This is true and false at the same time. The first base position isn’t as top heavy as it once was, but it also has some sneaky nice later options. (Check out some late round targets here.) There has been a slight shake up in the Top 10 from the early rankings, but more of a change in the back end of the Top 20. See where the rankings now stand with the updated fantasy baseball first base rankings.
|1 – Paul Goldschmidt||2 – Freddie Freeman|
|3 – Anthony Rizzo||4 – Joey Votto|
|5 – Matt Olson||6 – Cody Bellinger|
|7 – Matt Carpenter||8 – Jose Abreu|
|9 – Joey Gallo||10 – Jesus Aguilar|
|11 – Edwin Encarnacion||12 – Max Muncy|
|13 – Carlos Santana||14 – Ian Desmond|
|15 – Josh Bell||16 – Luke Voit|
|17 – Jose Martinez||18 – C.J. Cron|
|19 – Justin Smoak||20 – Trey Mancini|
Not much has changed for me at the first base position when it comes to the top 3. It’s still Goldy, Freddie and Rizzo. I can listen to the argument for Freddie over Goldy, but either way they are the clear top 2 with Rizzo right behind them.
I still have Votto at 4th but, Olson is creeping up. Votto’s power was down in 2018 but all other stats are still great, he’ll have a better lineup around him and an he’s just an uptick in power away from being a lock at 4. Olson is my big man this year. I am trying to draft him every where and he’s currently major value in your fantasy drafts.
Bellinger and Carpenter are 2 that I will likely have on zero of my rosters. Bellinger will help in steals, but the swing and miss in that swing terrifies me and I don’t think that rookie year power is coming back. Carp will be moving back tot lead off and that will likely be good for BA and runs, but the other counting stats you are looking for with Carp likely won’t be there this year.
Jose Abreu at 8 is one of the safer picks at the position. Consistently a solid average with good counting stats and comes at a point in the draft that really comes with some value. If you want the “GPP” version of Abreu than go with Jesus Aguilar and hope he continues the tear he was on in 2018.
Gallo is the conundrum of the Top 10. You either love him or you don’t. In OBP formats he’s a Top 5 option but in BA leagues he comes with serious concerns. If you plan accordingly in your drafts to have some BA cushion than Gallo is a solid option at the 1B position.
The major shake ups came in the 11-20 range, more so on the back end. Edwin and Santana are 2 I can go with if you want nothing flashy but all about consistency and they get a bump in OBP leagues, especially Santana.
Josh Bell is higher on my ranks than many others, but I covered him in the late round target options and the hit tools are really solid. He has 20+ homer upside, a good BA and other counting stats and comes at the end of your drafts. He’s still young and the breakout could be coming soon.
Jose Martinez is a pure hit machine, but he takes a little drop in the rankings as we still don’t know what his playing time situation is. If he is traded or we find out he’ll get some good playing time then he will move up the rankings near the 10 spot.
Lastly, Cron, Smoak and Mancini are 3 of my favorite late rate targets (with Bell). They all bring 20+ homer upside with legit shots at 30. They are essentially free in your drafts and should be considered as really nice CI options or 1B options if you somehow punted the position.
First Base isn’t what it used to be when it comes to the Fantasy Baseball landscape. At the same time there are still a lot of solid options. If you are in deeper leagues, I’d be a little more aggressive at the position. If you have anymore questions check out the BwB episode previewing 1B and contact me on twitter @bdentrek.