Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: First Base (1B) Sleepers
2016-03-15 11:00:00 EDT
Fantasy baseball drafts are popping up everywhere in preparation for the 2016 season, and on that note we’ve been checking out some of the notable sleepers at each position that you might run across at your draft.
Today it’s time for first basemen, and there’s a surprising number of guys out there at 1B who can provide value in the later rounds. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending high-upside pickups.
Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: Ramirez looks like a nice value pick this season, and should perform pretty well at first base as long as he can stay healthy. He’s coming off 100 hits in 401 at-bats last year with 19 homers and 59 runs.
Ramirez was hampered by a shoulder injury last season, but before that it seemed like he would be off to the races. The health issue is a bit of a risk, but otherwise he’s a nice pickup in the draft.
Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers: Moreland is coming off a great 2015, knocking 131 hits with 23 homers and 85 RBI. He’ll be a big part of the Rangers’ attack in 2016, his age-30 season. Considering his ADP, he’s actually undervalued in fantasy.
Moreland will be on a lot of people’s radar at the draft, and he should be on yours as well. All signs are pointing to another solid season, and if you can lock him down you won’t have to worry about your 1B slot.
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals: Zimmerman is already battling injuries this spring (plantar fasciitis) and the health factor will turn a lot of owners off of him. On the occasions that he’s 100 percent, however, he’s a top-level player.
In 95 games last year, Zimmerman posted 86 hits with 25 doubles and 16 homers. If he can somehow stay upright for the majority of the season, he should deliver enough stats to keep you afloat at first base.
C.J. Cron, Los Angeles Angels: Cron will likely see quite a bit of playing time to open up the year, giving him ample opportunity to get a good start on bettering his numbers from last season.
Cron knocked 16 homers with 51 RBI last year as part of his 99 hits. He’s coming into this season under the proverbial radar and could make a nice later-round pickup for your utility or 1B slot.
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Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: Hosmer comes into the season with a healthy amount of buzz in fantasy circles. He’s coming off 178 hits with 33 doubles and 18 home runs in 2015, tossing out a .297 average with 93 RBI and 93 runs.
With numbers like that, Hosmer isn’t necessarily a sleeper guy, but could fit the bill as a value pickup with great potential. He’s been great in Cactus League action thus far and the sky is the limit in 2016.
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