MLB Top 15 – 1B

For the sake of my mental state, I’m rating players based on their primary positions. Obviously, there are hundreds of players that qualify at 1B in fantasy baseball. I believe the threshold is 10 appearances the previous season to be eligible for a specific position.I’m basing my rankings on primary position only. It makes them much easier to read for the average fan because there are some players that qualify for 3+ positions. These players, however, are very valuable to your fantasy baseball team, but we’ll get to that later. I will post a “Top-15 Utility Player” article that will focus on players with more than 2 eligible positions.

The 1B position is by far the deepest position (outside of OF/SP where each team has multiple starters) in fantasy baseball. It’s very easy to find power at this position. However, there are only a couple of guys that can stuff the stat sheet in all the scoring categories (standard: AVG, R, HR, RBI, SB). It definitely pays to get one of these guys.

Fantasy baseball is much different from the other sports in my opinion. It’s much harder than football and basketball. There are much more positions and so many more players. The first couple rounds are easy as there are 20-30 superstars but once you get past them, where do you go next? I’ve found a lot of success in the past in stacking starting pitching early, then filling out the offense with mid to high-average guys. That’s primarily successful in points based leagues (formatted similar to fantasy football – each stat has a point equivalent and players accumulate points each game) rather than categories leagues (your team’s totals match up against your opponent’s totals in each stat category).

Head-to-head categories leagues are more difficult and used more by the fantasy baseball fanatics. I always find that getting a superstar 1B is a great place to start in these leagues. Maybe not with your first pick, but get one in the first 3 rounds.

Paul Goldschmidt, of the Diamondbacks, is the cream of the crop. He fills the stat sheet across the board. Over the past 3 seasons, he’s averaged a .305 batting average, 108.7 runs, 31.0 HRs, 108.3 RBIs, and 23.7 SBs. As I said earlier, it’s easy to find power at the 1B position, however, it is not easy to find a .300 hitter with power and speed. He does it all. In 6 full seasons in MLB, he’s finished in the top-3 of MVP voting 3 times. Before it’s all said and done, he should win at least one MVP. If you get the opportunity to take him mid-to-late first round, take him. After the Trouts and Arenados of the world, he’s the most well-rounded offensive player in the game; and definitely the class of the 1B position.

Here’s my full top-15 for 1B:

  1. Paul Goldschmidt (diamondbacks)
  2. Anthony Rizzo (cubs)
  3. Joey Votto (reds)
  4. Jose Abreu (white sox)
  5. Freddie Freeman (braves)
  6. Eric Hosmer (fa)
  7. Cody Bellinger (dodgers)
  8. Edwin Encarnacion (indians)
  9. Greg Bird (yankees)
  10. Justin Smoak (blue jays)
  11. Wil Myers (padres)
  12. Yulieski Gurriel (astros)
  13. Justin Bour (marlins)
  14. Miguel Cabrera (tigers)
  15. Chris Davis (orioles)

You know the drill, let me know your thoughts!

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