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Fantasy Baseball 2017 Positional Preview: First Base

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A look at the first base position for the 2017 Fantasy Baseball season.

Paul Goldschmidt remains the best option at first base. Who else makes the top 30?
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First base is the topic of today’s positional preview. Who’s the top tier? How deep is the position, really? Where can you find speed at first base? In addition to giving you the top players to draft at the position, I’ll offer up a breakout player, sleepers, busts, and an overall strategy of how to go about drafting the position. Without further delay, let’s slide right into first base!

Top 30 First Basemen

Pos Rank Player Team Age PR League
Pos Rank Player Team Age PR League
1 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 29 8 NL
2 Miguel Cabrera DET 33 27 AL
3 Anthony Rizzo CHC 27 51 NL
4 Joey Votto CIN 33 22 NL
5 Daniel Murphy WAS 32 23 NL
6 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 34 50 AL
7 Freddie Freeman ATL 27 36 NL
8 Wil Myers SD 26 35 NL
9 Hanley Ramirez BOS 33 53 AL
10 Eric Hosmer KC 27 108 AL
11 Jose Abreu CWS 30 96 AL
12 Carlos Santana CLE 30 100 AL
13 Matt Carpenter STL 31 196 NL
14 Chris Davis BAL 31 184 AL
15 Mike Napoli TEX 35 119 AL
16 Brandon Belt SF 28 186 NL
17 Albert Pujols LAA 37 85 AL
18 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 34 151 NL
19 Brad Miller TB 27 174 AL
20 C.J. Cron LAA 27 250 AL
21 Tommy Joseph PHI 25 346 NL
22 Greg Bird NYY 23 N/A AL
23 Travis Shaw MIL 26 295 NL
24 Chris Carter NYY 30 155 AL
25 Justin Bour MIA 28 415 NL
26 Wilmer Flores NYM 25 379 NL
27 Mitch Moreland BOS 31 391 AL
28 Josh Bell PIT 24 N/A NL
29 Brandon Moss KC 33 297 AL
30 Lucas Duda NYM 30 873 NL

*PR stands for 'Player Rater' which is a measure of how good a player was in a standard 5x5 roto league

Breakout player – Eric Hosmer
Sleepers – Greg Bird, Travis Shaw
Busts – Freddie Freeman, Chris Davis, Albert Pujols

Position Overview

This season hosts the weakest crop of first basemen I can remember. A top heavy position, 1B has major concerns outside of the top 4. My draft strategy this season will be to grab one of the top 10, but perhaps not even all of those players can be fully trusted. Multi-eligible players such as Daniel Murphy and Matt Carpenter will probably be your best option at 1B this season once your roster is finished. First basemen I have ranked 15th and beyond will make great corner infielders and utility players, but I do not want them as my starting first baseman heading into the year. Outside of Paul Goldschmidt and Wil Myers, finding stolen bases at first base will be difficult. Joey Votto, Carlos Santana, and Eric Hosmer will be who to target if you’re looking for all around contributors at the position. Hosmer is my selection for a breakout season. He’s had seasons with over 10 stolen bases, seasons with over a .290 batting average, and he’s coming off a career high 25 HR season. If he can put all those skills together, which I believe he can, he will easily be a top 50 player in fantasy.

Designated hitter is often grouped with first base. Victor Martinez and Kendrys Morales are the only two DH only players inside my top 500 players. Martinez falls between Chris Davis and Mike Napoli in my overall rankings. Morales is just ahead of Brad Miller in those rankings as well.

Tune in tomorrow for a rundown of second base! See you then and thanks for the read.

Other Positional Previews:

Catchers
Second Base
Shortstop
Third Base
Outfield
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher