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Fantasy Baseball 2016: Top 20 AL-Only First Base Rankings

Ray ranks his top 20 first bseman for AL-only leagues with Miguel Cabrera atop his rankings, but Edwin Incarnation and Jose Abreu aren't far behind.

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For those of you who play in mono or "only" leagues, I will published my NL-only first base rankings yesterday and today I am posting my AL-only first base rankings.

First base is a position where you want to make sure you draft a solid power hitter, one capable of hitting 25-35 home runs and driving in near 100 runs, while hitting for a good average. Last season, 20 hitters hit 30 or more home runs, nine of which were first baseman, with seven of them hailing from an American League club. In addition, 16 first baseman hit 20 or more home runs in 2015, seven of which played in the American League.

The American League first base landscape includes a top first baseman who hit just 18 home runs last season, and has seen his power decline in two successive seasons. But, it includes two first baseman who hit 40+ home runs last year as well, Chris Davis and Albert Pujols. Davis should be able to duplicate the feat again in 2016, but Pujols may have trouble breaking 30.

The addition of designated hitters David Ortiz, Prince Fielder and Kendrys Morales definitely makes the first base position appear deeper, but if you remove them, the position thins out after the top 5-6 legitimate first baseman. That said, the addition of Twins 1B/DH Byung-ho Park certainly adds some intrigue to the position. I think he could put up decent power numbers even in Target Field this season. All said, there were seven AL first baseman, and DH's, who hit 30 or more home runs last season, so if you need power, look no further.

Those of you who play in OBP leagues have plenty to choose from, as twelve AL first baseman, including the DH's. reached base at a .350 clip or better in 2015.

First Base Prospects who can make an impact in 2016

A.J. Reed, Astros

Michael Schwarz wrote an excellent prospect profile on Reed on Wednesday, so make sure you check it out in the link below.

What Might Have Been, What Soon Will Be: A.J. Reed's Astronomical Prospects

Top 20 AL Only First Base Rankings for 2016

Rank

$ Value

Name

Team

1

$30

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

2

$30

Edwin Encarnacion

Blue Jays

3

$27

Jose Abreu

White Sox

4

$26

Chris Davis

Orioles

5

$25

Albert Pujols

Angels

6

$24

Prince Fielder

Rangers

7

$24

David Ortiz

Red Sox

8

$18

Eric Hosmer

Royals

9

$20

Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox

10

$17

Kendrys Morales

Royals

11

$12

Byung-ho Park

Twins

12

$10

Carlos Santana

Indians

13

$8

Mitch Moreland

Rangers

14

$11

Victor Martinez

Tigers

15

$6

A.J. Reed

Astros

16

$12

Alex Rodriguez

Yankees

17

$12

Adam Lind

Mariners

18

$6

Mark Teixeira

Yankees

19

$5

Justin Smoak

Blue Jays

20

7

Mike Napoli

Indians

21

$5

Adam LaRoche

White Sox

22

$2

C.J. Cron

Angels

23

$2

Joe Mauer

Twins

24

$1

James Loney

Rays

25

$1

Steve Pearce

Orioles

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