30 Jan 2020 Fantasy Baseball: 1B Rankings
What?! A rankings list of First Basemen that doesn’t include Cody Bellinger? Yup. There are a couple of names not on this list that will however be on the Hitters list and Overall as well. As much as I love Fantasy Baseball, I hate the way rankings are done with players eligible at multiple positions. Of course I understand how eligibility works, and definitely value it, but I am trying to simplify my positional rankings this year. For starters, not every league has the same eligibility requirements. Know your league settings! More than that, it just gets messy. “Is Gleyber Torres my #4 2B, but #6 SS?” So, I am going through the projected starters at each position and ranking them as I see fit. Of course this means players not currently signed (Yasiel Puig, as an example) will not be found. For that reason, you can expect updates as these starter projections shift. Don’t forget to check out the Turn Two Podcast for even more Fantasy Baseball content, like this episode covering the 1B position.
For context, I play all formats but my preference is for Points leagues. Does that mean these are weighted for Points vs Roto, no. At least I do not see it that way. You know the format, I do not. These are who I’d be drafting ahead of the next guy, and I tier them in twelves, as in 1-12 is your starter. I am also a Dynasty enthusiast with deep roots in the prospect game. My main components in these rankings is prior year performance + weighted runs created + age + my own gut instincts. I am a firm believer of the age 27-32 window as well.
Don’t forget to check out the Turn Two Podcast for even more Fantasy Baseball content, like this episode breaking down 2B. Once again, these are just based off projected depth charts, utilizing CBS and Roster Resource.
First Base Rankings
|2||Pete Alonso||New York (N)|
|3||Anthony Rizzo||Chicago (N)|
|4||Jose Abreu||Chicago (A)|
|5||Paul Goldschmidt||St. Louis|
|9||Max Muncy||Los Angeles (N)|
|12||Luke Voit||New York (A)|
|16||Eric Hosmer||San Diego|
|19||Albert Pujols||Los Angeles (A)|
|23||Ji-Man Choi||Tampa Bay|
|25||Ryan O’Hearn||Kansas City|
|29||Brandon Belt||San Francisco|
Part of the reason for me doing the rankings this way is how jumbled things get when sorting for Fantasy Pros. However, I do love their format and that they rank the industry. You can catch how I have things sorted over there with this link: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Expert Rankings Consensus.
Andy is a jack of all trades in the Fantasy Sports industry, covering football, baseball, and the NFL Draft. He has written, edited, podcasted, and produced over 1,000 videos for his various series, in addition to dozens of guest appearances and collaborative pieces.
A top ranker on Fantasy Pros for both Football (23rd in 2018) & Baseball (7th in 2018), avid fan of mining for MLB prospects, and former D1 College hoops player, Andy is a native New Yorker, who has served as a firefighter in the FDNY for the past 18 years and counting.