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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS 2015 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE FIRST BASEMAN EXCERPT

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FIRST BASEMAN



Draft Strategy:  This is where it’s at if you are on a mission for home runs and RBI.  First base has historically been the top spot to find your power numbers and that remains true for the 2015 season.  In fact, four of the first five picks in your draft may very well be first baseman (Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu) and it is recommended strongly from this peanut stand to double-dip here in order to fill out your UTIL or CI spots as well.  You want to make sure you get a stud power-hitting first baseman with either your first or second round pick or else you will be chasing the rest of your league when it comes to power bats.


1.  Miguel Cabrera:  Despite moving to first base prior to the start of the 2014 season due to the trade of Prince Fielder, Cabrera retains both first and third base eligibility in leagues where 5 starts is the threshold (8 starts made at the hot corner).  Whether at first or third base, Cabrera is the slam dunk number two overall player in fantasy baseball behind Mike Trout.  Now as far as the numbers are concerned, there is no denying the fact Cabrera had an “off” year by his incredible standards.  After two straight seasons of slamming 44 home runs and RBI totals of 137 and 139, Cabrera saw massive declines in both categories.  Cabrera wound up hitting 25 home runs and driving in 109 batters, which are still terrific numbers but they fell way short of his lofty standards.  We always talk about outlier seasons in fantasy baseball and how inflated numbers from a guy’s career norms usually can be thrown out.  The same goes for an uncharacteristically off year like Cabrera had last season.  Turning a still young 32 in April, Cabrera is much more likely to revisit his 2012-13 statistics which means 40 home runs and 120 RBI at worst.  Don’t let him slip past number 2 overall in your draft. 

PROJECTION:  .334 37 HR 129 RBI 107 R 1 SB


2.  Paul Goldschmidt:  A fractured hand right in August caused by an HBP was the only thing that stopped Paul Goldschmidt from having another stellar fantasy baseball MVP season in 2014.  Once again Goldschmidt filled up all five hitting categories which is almost unheard of among first baseman.  With full health, Goldschmidt is likely to come close to replicating or even exceeding his incredible 2013 campaign when he hit .302 with 36 home runs and 125 RBI and even stealing 15 bases.   Tough call when deciding between Goldschmidt and Jose Abreu but the stolen base contributions decide things in the D-Backs first baseman’s favor. 

PROJECTION:  .300 34 HR 119 RBI 104 R 14 SB


3.      Jose Abreu:  Talk about a smashing debut.  Jose Abreu became the latest in an increasingly long line of Cuban imports that became instant stars in 2014 as he hit 36 home runs and drove in 107 while batting .317.  Abreu’s 10 home run/31 RBI month of April was one of the greatest run-producing stretches we have seen in years and his average got better as the season went on.  What is truly amazing is that Abreu could even be better in 2015 as he continues to grow accustomed to major league pitching and he better withstands the rigors of a long season.  Don’t let him slip past the fifth overall pick.  The guy is a monster. 

PROJECTION:  .310 38 HR 121 RBI 86 R 4 SB

4.  Edwin Encarnacion: ********THE REST OF THE GUIDE IS FOR PURCHASERS ONLY.!*****

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