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2017 First Base Rankings: Projected

Dave runs an early set of projections for Ray's 2017 Updated First Base Rankings

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The World Series participants have yet to be decided, but that hasn't stopped us from beginning our 2017 fantasy baseball preparation. Earlier this month Ray updated his 2017 first base rankings. The article includes 2016 statistics for each player and now it is time to put an early 2017 projection to their name. These projections are fluid at this point. Playing time will be divided via trade, free agent signings and job battles in spring. Injuries will occur... they always do. As the off season progresses we will continue to amend our rankings and projections as needed.

It is important to note that while a set of projections might add up to a dollar value when converted using a variety of methods that would rank a certain player above another, that doesn't necessarily mean the projection is correct and the updated ranking is incorrect. With a ranking things such as consistency and the odds of more or less playing time can be the difference between one spot in a ranking list and another. When converting projections straight over to dollar values, this can be lost at times. Using both projections and rankings from your favorite sources is an ideal way to build an appropriate expectation level for the coming season.

As always, please share any thoughts or questions in the comments below.

Ray's Rank Name Team LG PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
1 Paul Goldschmidt Dbacks NL 700 28 103 103 21 0.290 0.403 0.513
2 Anthony Rizzo Cubs NL 669 32 93 99 3 0.286 0.385 0.529
3 Miguel Cabrera Tigers AL 625 28 84 98 1 0.312 0.392 0.537
4 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays AL 636 38 90 113 2 0.265 0.358 0.534
5 Joey Votto Reds NL 645 26 91 81 8 0.313 0.439 0.532
6 Freddie Freeman Braves NL 685 27 95 88 5 0.292 0.388 0.515
7 Daniel Murphy Nationals NL 575 18 75 82 6 0.311 0.354 0.502
8 Hanley Ramirez Red Sox AL 545 23 71 84 10 0.274 0.344 0.468
9 Wil Myers Padres NL 500 18 70 63 16 0.250 0.327 0.428
10 Eric Hosmer Royals AL 650 19 80 90 6 0.274 0.334 0.431
11 Chris Davis Orioles AL 645 39 93 94 1 0.230 0.335 0.487
12 Jose Abreu White Sox AL 668 27 74 99 1 0.287 0.349 0.483
13 Carlos Santana Indians AL 675 28 79 86 7 0.244 0.364 0.449
14 Albert Pujols Angels AL 650 32 78 104 5 0.261 0.318 0.463
15 Mike Napoli Indians AL 550 24 66 72 4 0.236 0.339 0.438
16 Matt Carpenter Cardinals NL 685 26 103 83 3 0.276 0.377 0.495
17 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers NL 600 22 69 89 0 0.275 0.342 0.459
18 Chris Carter Brewers NL 590 36 72 86 3 0.217 0.314 0.477
19 Brandon Belt Giants NL 550 18 69 68 4 0.274 0.372 0.475
20 Brad Miller Rays AL 520 19 57 59 8 0.243 0.309 0.434