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Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT PRIMER: FIRST BASEMAN

The first baseman are up next as we continue to preview the upcoming 2018 fantasy baseball season in leaving no stone unturned.  Let's check out who yourrs truly likes, hates, and how to address those who man the power-packed position.

Draft Strategy:  It is fairly obvious that first base in fantasy baseball is the most potent power-packed spot in the game and despite possessing good depth, it is imperative you get one of the top guys so as to keep pace with the rest of your league.  I always try to do my best to have my first baseman by the end of Round 2 and at worst the end of Round 3.  In addition, it always is a good idea to come back here for your UTIL or CI guy. 

2018 FIRST BASEMAN I WILL TARGET

Paul Goldsschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Freddie Freeman, Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, Cody Bellinger:  I put all of these guys in the same group due to the fact that I want to have one of them by the end of Round 2.  If I were to rank them by personal preference, I would go:

1.  Goldy
2.  Votto
3.  Rizzo
4.  Freeman
5.  Bellinger
6.  Abreu

I have no problem with any of these guys outside of a tiny bit of worry about Bellinger's average but that is about it.  Get one of these studs and you are looking good early in your draft.

Rhys Hoskins:  Also having eli.gibility in the outfield, Hoskins is going to be a big-time target of many.  Truth be told, I am anticipating not getting Hoskins due to the hype and the high price that always goes with it but I love the power and the fact the kid has a tremendous eye that draws walks.  That should allow Hoskins to hit .280 soon enough to go with 40 homer.  Look out. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  Yes the average is slipping and Encarnacion is getting long in the tooth but you still can get nearly 40 homers, 100-plus RBI, and 90-plus runs here for a declining price. 

Ian Desmond:  Desmond was never right physically last season as he dealt with constant injuries and so he deserves somewhat of a mulligan.  The versatility will be nice right off the bat and Desmond can go right back to his 20/20 days for a vastly discounted price this season if he can stay healthy. 

Justin Bour:  Always have a soft spot for the powerful Bour who can hit 25-30 home runs but yet no one ever wants him.  Market inefficiency such as this is how you win fantasy baseball leagues if you strike.

Josh Bell:  Would take Josh Bell on as a UTIL or CI buy as his power really took off last season, albeit with a hit to his average.  If Bell can start merging the two, then things get really intriguing.

2018 FIRST BASEMAN I WILL AVOID

Eric Hosmer:  There is no denying Eric Hosmer was tremendous in 2017 but he remains a heavy ground ball rate guy who at his optimal can hit 25 homers and almost nothing more with that approach.  Of course, I would likely change my mind on Hosmer if he signs in Boston but the guy has made a history of driving his owners crazy. 

Wil Myers:  It is not that I hate Myeres but I do dislike the annual average hit he brings to the table and the ballpark as we all know is tough.  Yes 20/20 is entirely possible which you can never sneeze at but I want less injuries (Myers has struggled there as well) and a better average.

Matt Carpenter:  Man this guy is physically falling apart and the average has taken a tumble with the ill health. 


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