Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 First Basemen (1B)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Fantasy Names at the 1B Position
March 9, 2015
It’s time once again for the fantasy baseball draft season, and in 2015 we’ve all got a fresh start at fielding that championship team. In that spirit, we’re checking out each fantasy position and determining the top 10 options for you to target at your draft. Today it’s time for first base, so let’s take a look at the noteworthy guys for you to consider as your starting players.
1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: Cabrera is working his way back from an ankle injury, but should end up being fine. He’ll still be one of the top seven or eight guys picked in your draft, as he’ll likely hit 30-plus homers with 120 or so RBI and 100-plus runs.
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2. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks: As the consensus No. 2 right behind Cabrera on most draft boards, Goldschmidt is fantasy royalty once again this season. Don’t be concerned about the broken hand from last year; it’s a non-issue. We’re expecting 30-plus homers, 110 RBI and an average near .300 or so.
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays: Down on the second tier of first basemen, Encarnacion leads the pack. He’ll probably go in the third round of your draft. We see some nice power here again, as in 35-ish homers if he’s healthy all year. Encarnacion should also flirt with 100 RBI and 80 runs.
4. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox: If you want to pick Abreu ahead of Encarnacion, no one will bat an eye. He’s in the same neighborhood production-wise, and will probably hit for a better average and score more runs. The team will be making sure he stays fresh down the stretch as well.
5. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves: Down one more notch on the draft chart is Freeman, who will probably go around No. 50 or so. He should provide some nice value for that position, however, as we see him flirting with the century mark in RBI and runs with 25 or so homers.
6. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs: In the same neighborhood as Freeman--and ahead of him on a lot of draft boards--is Rizzo, who should take another step forward this season. We’re looking for 35 homers and 95-ish in the RBI and runs categories. Again, nice value here if you can get him.
7. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers: Martinez has taken a bit of a tumble down a lot of draft boards due to the knee injury he suffered in February. Most indications have him back at the plate opening day, but we’ll have to wait to be sure. Still, even with the risk he should be a nice buoy to your BA and RBI stats if he stays healthy.
8. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds: We’re optimists on Frazier; you’ll find him ranked a lot lower than this on some draft boards. We like him for his all-around production, though, as he’ll deliver from every category. We see 25-30 homers, 15-20 steals and around 90 in RBI and runs.
9. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians: Santana will give owners a hit on batting average, but should help quite a bit in the power categories. He’ll get to the 30-homer mark if he’s lucky and flirt with 90 RBI.
10. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: Remember when Pujols was at the top of this list? Not anymore, with the injuries and spotty production. Still, he’ll give owners some nice value here if he can get through the season healthy. Count on 25 homers and around 100 RBI.
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