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2015 First Base Rankings: A Look Back

Ray reviews Fake Teams 2015 preseason first base rankings, providing thoughts on some of the first baseman you should keep an eye on in 2016 drafts.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The end of the 2015 fantasy baseball season has arrived, and we hope we were able to help you win your leagues this season, or at least finish in the money. If not, we hope our baseball and prospect coverage helped you begin your rebuild to win your leagues in 2016.

Our prospect team just completed publishing their Top 10 Fantasy Prospects for all American League East teams on Sunday, and they will continue to release their top 10 fantasy prospects for each team in the weeks and months ahead. Beginning sometime in January, we will begin to publish our 2016 consensus position rankings, but before that, I will review our 2015 consensus position rankings, beginning with the catcher position today. In addition to reviewing our preseason position rankings, I will address the impact of many of the offseason free agent signings and trades, and publish some player profiles along the way as well.

In each rankings review, I will provide 2015 season stats courtesy of FanGraphs, along with the end of season rankings for the top 30 players at each position according to the ESPN Player Rater.

With all that said, let's take a look at how our preseason top 30 first baseman performed in 2015, along with some thoughts on a few of the players, including a few first baseman that out-performed our rankings in 2015.

Rank

ESPN Player Rater

Name

Team

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

wRC+

WAR

1

1

Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks

159

695

33

103

110

21

0.321

0.435

0.570

164

7.4

2

13

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

119

511

18

64

76

1

0.338

0.440

0.534

165

4.3

3

7

Jose Abreu

White Sox

154

668

30

88

101

0

0.290

0.347

0.502

129

3.0

4

5

Edwin Encarnacion

Blue Jays

146

624

39

94

111

3

0.277

0.372

0.557

150

4.5

5

3

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

160

701

31

94

101

17

0.278

0.387

0.512

145

5.5

6

14

Adrian Gonzalez

Dodgers

156

643

28

76

90

0

0.275

0.350

0.480

129

3.0

7

23

Freddie Freeman

Braves

118

481

18

62

66

3

0.276

0.370

0.471

133

3.4

8

NR

Victor Martinez

Tigers

120

485

11

39

64

0

0.245

0.301

0.366

77

-2.0

9

12

Albert Pujols

Angels

157

661

40

85

95

5

0.244

0.307

0.480

116

2.0

10

8

Buster Posey

Giants

150

623

19

74

95

2

0.318

0.379

0.470

138

5.7

11

2

Joey Votto

Reds

158

695

29

95

80

11

0.314

0.459

0.541

172

7.4

12

10

Prince Fielder

Rangers

158

693

23

78

98

0

0.305

0.378

0.463

124

1.6

13

9

Todd Frazier

Reds

157

678

35

82

89

13

0.255

0.309

0.598

114

4.4

14

24

Carlos Santana

Indians

154

666

19

72

85

11

0.231

0.357

0.395

110

2.4

15

4

Chris Davis

Orioles

160

670

47

100

117

2

0.262

0.361

0.562

147

5.6

16

29

Lucas Duda

Mets

135

554

27

67

73

0

0.244

0.352

0.486

133

3.1

17

NR

Adam LaRoche

White Sox

127

484

12

41

44

0

0.207

0.293

0.340

75

-1.4

18

15

Brandon Belt

Giants

137

556

18

73

68

9

0.280

0.356

0.478

135

4.3

19

6

Eric Hosmer

Royals

158

667

18

98

93

7

0.297

0.363

0.459

125

3.5

20

NR

Matt Adams

Cardinals

60

186

5

14

24

1

0.240

0.280

0.377

78

0.2

21

NR

Justin Morneau

Rockies

49

182

3

19

15

0

0.310

0.363

0.458

107

0.5

22

NR

Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals

95

390

16

43

73

1

0.249

0.308

0.465

107

0.6

23

NR

Mark Trumbo

Mariners

142

545

22

62

64

0

0.262

0.310

0.449

108

1.1

24

NR

Brandon Moss

- - -

145

526

19

47

58

0

0.226

0.304

0.407

94

0.6

25

NR

Mike Napoli

- - -

133

469

18

46

50

3

0.224

0.324

0.410

98

0.7

26

NR

Joe Mauer

Twins

158

666

10

69

66

2

0.265

0.338

0.380

94

0.3

27

NR

Steve Pearce

Orioles

92

325

15

42

40

1

0.218

0.289

0.422

91

0.3

29

17

Adam Lind

Brewers

149

572

20

72

87

0

0.277

0.360

0.460

119

2.2

30

NR

Michael Morse

- - -

98

256

5

14

19

0

0.231

0.313

0.336

83

-0.5

NR

18

Mitch Moreland

Rangers

132

515

23

51

85

1

0.278

0.330

0.482

115

2.1

NR

19

Mark Teixeira

Yankees

111

462

31

57

79

2

0.255

0.357

0.548

143

2.9

11

Kendrys Morales

Royals

158

639

22

81

106

0

0.290

0.362

0.485

131

2.1

16

Logan Forsythe

Rays

153

615

17

69

68

9

0.281

0.359

0.444

126

4.1

20

Chris Colabello

Blue Jays

101

360

15

55

54

2

0.321

0.367

0.520

142

0.8

21

Justin Turner

Dodgers

126

439

16

55

60

5

0.294

0.370

0.491

141

4.0

22

Danny Valencia

Athletics

105

378

18

59

66

2

0.290

0.345

0.519

135

2.2

25

Trevor Plouffe

Twins

152

632

22

74

86

2

0.244

0.307

0.435

102

2.5

26

Daniel Murphy

Mets

130

538

14

56

73

2

0.281

0.322

0.449

110

2.5

27

Pedro Alvarez

Pirates

150

491

27

60

77

2

0.243

0.318

0.469

114

0.2

28

Brian McCann

Yankees

135

535

26

68

94

0

0.232

0.320

0.437

105

2.9

30

Mark Canha

Athletics

124

485

16

61

70

7

0.254

0.315

0.426

106

1.4

Joey Votto, Reds

Well,we were a bit too low on Votto, huh? Votto had his best power season since 2011, hitting 29 home runs and driving in 80 runs for a Reds team that completely fell apart in 2015. With the quad injury behind him, Votto is once a gain a top 5 fantasy first baseman heading into the 2016 season, and probably a top 2 fantasy first baseman in OBP leagues.

Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

Goldy started the season on fire, hitting 15 home runs by May 31st, and he appeared to be a shoo-in for 40 home runs, but a disappointing second half from a power stand point resulted in "just" 33 home runs from the DBacks first baseman. That said, he is my $1 fantasy first baseman heading into next year''s drafts, and my #1 overall pick as well. Some will prefer Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, but Goldy contributes in all five categories, for now. I could see the stolen bases dropping as he gets older, but give me the 30 home run, 20 stolen base hitter over the 40 home run hitter every day.

Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

Rizzo could challenge Goldschmidt as the #1 fantasy first baseman next season, as he can do everything that Goldy does, but with a lower batting average. Who saw 17 stolen bases from Rizzo this season. Raise your hand. Yeah, not many out there.

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Miggy endured his worst season at the plate since his rookie season, dealing with injuries, and hitting just 18 home runs in 119 games. That said, he still hit .338 with a .440 on base percentage, so we know he can still hit. My concern is whether he can stay healthy going forward. I will assume he can, and it will be interesting to see how far he falls in drafts in 2016, if at all.

Chris Davis, Orioles

Davis had another monster power season in 2015, rebounding from a disappointing 2014 season, hitting 47 home runs to lead the majors. He is a free agent this offseason, and it will be interesting to see where he lands, as his landing spot will determine where he will slot in our first base rankings next season. Davis hit 29 of his 47 home runs in the friendly confines of Camden Yards, so if he ends up in a pitchers park, his power could drop as a result.

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