Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 First Basemen (1B)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 First Basemen in the 2014 Fantasy Draft
February 17, 2014
With the fantasy baseball draft period rapidly approaching, we’ve been breaking down the top 10 options at each position this week and examining the anticipated output for each player. Today it’s time for first basemen, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a solid name there. The talent pool at 1B runs a little deeper than some of the other positions, so it won’t be too hard to grab a quality player in your draft. That said, let’s take a look at the top names out there.
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks: You’ll find Goldschmidt at the top of nearly all the 1B rankings out there, thanks to his crazy breakout season a year ago. We expect a slight dip in his stats--naturally--but he should produce enough to warrant a top-end pick. We see him tallying somewhere in the neighborhood of 32 homers, 120 RBI and a .300 average.
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2. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds: Votto has been a reliable fantasy standby for a few years now, and he remains pretty high on our lists. His OBP will still be stellar, so expect around 100 runs. Pair that with solid power numbers of about 25 homers, 85 RBI and a .310 average, and you’ve got yourself a top-tier first baseman.
3. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: Most places, you’ll find Davis ranked anywhere from No. 2 to No. 5 or so among 1B names. That sounds about right, since if you can deal with his “meh” average, you’ll get all sorts of power stats here. Bank on mid-40s homers with maybe 110 RBI and 95 runs. The only drawback is that we don’t expect him to hit much north of .270.
4. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers: Fielder is something of an enigma coming into the 2014 season. He’ll be appearing in his new Texas home and trying to overcome a down season in Detroit last year. All things considered, we should see a bounce-back campaign of around 30 homers and 110 RBI.
5. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays: Encarnacion enters this year coming off season-ending wrist surgery, so right away there are some question marks attached. Still, we expect similar numbers to 2013 if he can stay healthy: think 33 homers, 95 RBI and 90 runs.
6. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves: Coming off his stellar 2013, Freeman earned himself a bloated new contract this year. It remains to be seen whether he can sustain that level of play throughout the eight-year deal, but fantasy owners should be safe this year. We see 25 homers, a .290 average and 100 RBI here.
7. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: It’s weird seeing Pujols down this low, but this is right about where you can expect to find him in a lot of drafts. He had an ugly 2013, but is reportedly healthy now and should bounce back from that sub-par campaign. Pujols may flirt with 30 homers and 100 RBI if everything goes according to plan.
8. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals: We’ve got Craig ranked a little higher than most places, but we like what we saw from him last year. He’ll be moving to OF on a regular basis this season, so make sure you check his positional eligibility before committing to him as a 1B. He’ll get you a .300 average and around 90 RBI.
9. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: Gold-Glover Hosmer is on his way up, and he’ll take faithful owners with him this season. You’ll get double-digit steals here, which is something a lot of other 1B names near the top won’t provide. Hosmer makes a solid all-around selection as a lower-end starter.
10. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs: Rizzo is something of a sleeper for us this season, as you won’t see him cracking the top 10 just about anywhere else. Still, hopes are high in the Windy City, and we expect his stats to improve with the rest of the team. 25 homers, .260 average, 90 RBI.
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