The first edition of our Fantasy Baseball first base rankings is out and Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo boldly lead the way.
Advice for drafting first basemen
First base is one of the few positions that you can draft in the early, middle or late rounds and still find value. You need a first baseman that can carry your team in the power and RBI categories throughout the season.
It is tough to win with a light-hitting first baseman due to the power resurgence found around the majors. There is plenty of depth at the position, making it a smart strategy to let the draft come to you — unless you can snag one of the top-five early in your draft.
The league’s top corner infielders can ‘put the team on their back,’ a term some famous YouTuber coined. Paul Goldschmidt and Wil Myers both have stolen base upside that could bolster any team that drafts them (if there is any way to land both on your team, I would, since the stolen base category hasn’t been very deep in recent years).
Guys like Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Davis can have power weeks where they put up five or six home runs and single handily win you your HR and RBI categories (for those who prefer H2H style over rotisserie style scoring).
There are a couple of players who have secondary eligibility at first base such as Buster Posey; stick with the true first basemen on your team. The aforementioned is a sneaky-deep position for those in ten-to-twelve team mix leagues; you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a solid first baseman.
We recommend waiting for a Chris Davis or Albert Pujols if you can’t land one of the top 5-7 first basemen on this list (which us subject to change).
Here are the first base rankings heading into 2017: