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2017 First Base Rankings: Top 30

2017 First Base Rankings: Top 30

We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players. Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, […]

One Man’s Map to 1B Happiness

One Man’s Map to 1B Happiness

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. My father was an antique car collector. While growing up, it was common place to have 10-15 cars either parked in the driveway or stored in the garage. My father was not one to tinker; he simply wanted cars he could drive […]

After 2016 HR Surge, BA is Important for 1B

After 2016 HR Surge, BA is Important for 1B

Everyone talks about the boon in home runs from 2016. There was an unprecedented level of homers, and fantasy owners are happy to have more 25-HR hitters to choose from as they draft their rosters. When it comes to first base, we always expect power from the position. In the few years before 2016, it […]

Three first basemen with big upside

Three first basemen with big upside

First base is one of the most frustrating positions in fantasy baseball – in an awkward sense. While it does sound counterintuitive that the most productive position brings so much struggle, it happens because you need your first basemen to be productive. It’s the position where you are expecting 30+ homers with big RBI chances, and […]

First Baseman Tiers

First Baseman Tiers

What’s the advantage of tiers? Placing players of the same position into tiers based on similar projected production can give you a huge advantage when planning out your roster. What’s the gap between Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion? It’s projected to be minimal, so take who you like. Otherwise, wait for someone else to […]

What Have You Done for Me Lately

What Have You Done for Me Lately

In 1986, Janet Jackson asked the timeless question “What have you done for me lately?” That type of thinking is what stock market investors would call “recency bias” and can cause you to make some serious errors in judgement when valuing and acquiring players this Spring. The application to fantasy baseball is assuming that however […]

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Keeper and Dynasty league owners were dealt a blow last month with the Cardinals announced that they will move Matt Carpenter across the diamond to play first base in 2017. Carpenter was tied with Alex Bregman for sixth in our recent dynasty third base rankings, although half the panel view him as a bottom-10 option. […]

What Happened to the Corner Infielders?

What Happened to the Corner Infielders?

For ages, fantasy baseball has relied on a key offensive foundation of heavy-hitting first basemen, and most years there was a strong group of third basemen as well. The corner infielders have anchored power and elite production for ages. For a long time in my casual friends league, where there are two DH slots, many […]

Buyers Guide for the Hot Corner

Buyers Guide for the Hot Corner

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening —whichever is applicable to you.  In 2011, Adrian Beltre’s .296 AVG with 32 HR, 85 Runs and 105 RBI was the class of the 3B position. Joining him among the elite in the game were Aramis Ramirez (.306/26/80/93), Michael Young (.338/11/88/106), and Evan Longoria (.244/31/78/99). Other notable performances […]

Third Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Third Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

3B Keeper Stock Watch: Seager, Rendon, Healy, Frazier

3B Keeper Stock Watch: Seager, Rendon, Healy, Frazier

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. We’re entering a golden age for third base, with many youngsters and Donaldson firmly entrenching […]

Justin Turner in a full sample

Justin Turner in a full sample

If you were writing off Justin Turner after every hot streak he had, you would be pretty easily forgiven. Blocked by David Wright at the hot corner during a four-year tenure with the Mets, he put up major league average numbers in his limited time and did little to warrant much attention. The Dodgers picked […]

Bright Stars or Brief Flashes Of Light

Bright Stars or Brief Flashes Of Light

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. The year was 1994; Nirvana was unplugged, OJ was on trial, Forrest went running, and the PlayStation began robbing children of the outdoor pleasures of yesteryear. For the Kansas City Royals, 1994 was known as the year of “The Hammer”. Bob Hamelin […]

First Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

First Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

1B Keeper Stock Watch: Freeman, AGon, Belt

1B Keeper Stock Watch: Freeman, AGon, Belt

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. Freddie Freeman – I admit it: I’ve not liked Freeman, at least based on his […]

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

It would be pretty incredible to predict Brad Miller would hit 30 homers even halfway into this year. I mean, the guy was brought up as a middle infielder where his bat was projected to be slightly above average to plus. Forecasting major league average power up the middle is nice to have, which is what […]

Familiarity Breeds Contempt: A Look at Evan Longoria

Familiarity Breeds Contempt: A Look at Evan Longoria

Third base is a position that is exciting to talk about because of the names at the top of the positional rankings. Machado! Bryant! Arenado! Donaldson! Tremendous numbers from all of them. There will be much discussion on who should be taken first out of those guys, which will resemble a debate about the best […]

Anyone Kung Fu Fighting?

Anyone Kung Fu Fighting?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, whichever is applicable to you. When the biggest off-season news for a player is losing 20-25 lbs, it’s a given the prior season was a disappointment. A batting average of .245 with 10 HR, 43 Runs, and 47 RBI in 126 games qualifies as one for a player […]

Not So Odd Fits at 3B: Turner and Duffy

Not So Odd Fits at 3B: Turner and Duffy

We’ve entered a new age of baseball offense. The days of .300/.400/.500 hitters being relatively common are gone. We still have the power output, with several hitters capable of 25+ and even 30+ HR. OBP is still a skill that you either have or don’t, and it’s hard to really learn and improve that discipline. […]

Is Kris Bryant due for a sophomore slump?

Is Kris Bryant due for a sophomore slump?

Pretty much everything in North Chicago is going well (baseball related, anyway). Coming off a trip to the NLCS, the Cubs retain their entire core, made up of almost all rookies and early 20-somethings.  They maintain one of the best manager/front office combos in the league, and they even managed to add talent through free […]