Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Let's get to the first baseman as we continue to update our 2017 fantasy baseball position rankings:

1.  Paul Goldschmidt:  You earn the definition of a "ridiculous" player when you hit for massive power and steal 32 bases.  In conversation as second overall pick behind Mike Trout. 
2.  Miguel Cabrera:  While he is getting a bit up there in age, Cabrera showed in 2016 (38 home runs and a .316 average) he is far from done being a first round pick.
3.  Anthony Rizzo4.  Edwin Encarnacion:  The move to Cleveland will take a few home runs and RBI away but Encarnacion is as safe a power anchor as you can get.
5.  Joey Votto:  Posted a huge comeback campaign in 2016 when he hit 29 home runs and batted an insane .408 the second half of the year.  Knee concerns are there but Votto safe again as as second round pick.
6.  Freddie Freeman:  Now that he has some support in the Atlanta lineup, a string of .315/.30 HR/110 RBI campaigns are set to launch.  Swell value given the fact Freeman comes cheaper then guys listed above but could be just as good. 
7.  Jose Abreu:  Some knock him for what they felt was an "off" 2016 but Abreu is more a .280 hitter then the .300 guy he showed as a rookie who was helped with his BABIP.  In the end Abreu always gets his numbers. 
8.  Eric Hosmer9.  Wil Myers:  Stayed relatively healthy for the first time in awhile and the result was a quietly tremendous 28 home runs and 28 steals.  You can call him a .275-hitting version of Paul Goldschmidt. 
10. Chris Davis:  The power is great but want no part of that .220 average.
11. Carlos Santana:  Santana has now firmly settled into being a DH and 1B and he upped his numbers everywhere as a result a year ago.  Won't hit much better than .260 without BABIP help but Santana is a tremendous UTIL or CI option.
12. Hanley Ramirez:  Has dealt with shoulder problems this spring which is a reminder of HanRam's age.  2016 is not looking very repeatable.  
13. Brad Miller:  Not fully buying the breakout of Miller and all the home runs he hit a year ago but everyone else likely thinking the same will keep the price affordable. 
14. Albert Pujols:  Already dealing with foot problems as he comes off winter surgery that will limit him early in camp.  Aging and average now no better than .250.
15. Adrian Gonzalez:  Already been injured this spring and Gonzalez has to show his steep power erosion in 2016 was not an indication of age.  
16. Mike Napoli:  Back in Texas yet again which at least will keep the home runs flowing.  
17. Buster Posey:  Keep him at catcher. 
18. Greg Bird:  Bird gets the biggets boost since we last looked at these rankings as he already has 3 spring home runs and is hitting to all fields.  
19. Brandon Belt20. Justin Bour:  Have respect for the super-cheap 20-25 home run power. 
21. Tommy Joseph:  Intriguing as Joseph hit for big power when promoted last season,.  Decent sleeper.
22. C.J. Cron:  Was in the midst of a nice breakout season in 2016 before being struck down by injury.  Get back on board.
23. Josh Bell
24. Chris Carter
25. Matt Adams
26. Lucas Duda:  Once again dealing with back discomfort which makes Duda only a backup now.  
27. Pedro Alvarez
28. Adam Lind
29. Brian McCann:  Another guy you leave at catcher given the lack of depth there.  
30. Mitch Moreland
31. Brandon Moss
32. Ryan Zimmerman
33. Dae-Hoo Lee
34. Joe Mauer
35. John Jaso 


  1. In an OPS league, how is Abreu better than Napoli?

  2. Abreu is a model of consistency, Napoli is not.


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