Tag Archive | first base

Prospect Values: First Base

Prospect Values: First Base

So we are past the catcher position. I can exhale and move on to a more exciting position. I referenced it last week with catchers, but it tells a much different story with first baseman. My prospect success rate article from last season was very good for the first base prospects. First base prospects came in […]

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 […]

2017 Top 20 First Base Prospects

2017 Top 20 First Base Prospects

We kicked off our prospect rankings last week with a look at the catcher position, and we continue along the infield looking at first base today. Joining me again for this year’s rankings is our very own Andy Germani. Our rankings will be consolidated to give you our final site rankings, but you can see […]

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 […]

2017 First Base Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

2017 First Base Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

After each week of positional coverage, we will wrap things up here on Sunday with our 2016 dynasty/keeper rankings. Players are ranked with the next five years of production in mind, so when you see Jose Abreu ranked ahead of a player like Albert Pujols – that does not mean that we believe Abreu will […]

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 […]

Top 200 Players for 2016

Top 200 Players for 2016

No need for any long introduction or colorful anecdotes today.  We’ve already given you the top players at each position along with our reaches, avoids, late round picks, etc.  We bring things to a close today with our big list – the top 200+ players for the 2016 season. Taking part in our rankings will […]

Market Adjustments Providing Potential Value

Market Adjustments Providing Potential Value

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. One year ago at this time Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were fixtures as second or third round picks, with ADP’s in the low to mid-20’s. Puig posted good numbers in 2014, but it was the underlying skill sets that had many well-respected […]

2016 First Base Rankings – Top 30

2016 First Base Rankings – Top 30

First Base: Home of the power hitter.  Ten first basemen (or first base eligible) had 30 or more home runs last season; five of those are in the top seven – Joey Votto just missed the cut with 29.  Outside of the big boppers you’ve got players like Gonzalez, Duda, Moreland, Trumbo and Lind who […]

Adrian Gonzalez: Picture of Consistency

Adrian Gonzalez: Picture of Consistency

When you think fantasy first baseman, you generally think stud power hitter, right? You want your 30-40 home run potential; guys like Rizzo, Goldschmidt, Abreu, Encarnacion, etc. The thing is, I think not a lot of people lump Adrian Gonzalez in with the “stud” first baseman anymore. Adrian is maybe in the Joey Votto first […]

Potential Bouncebacks at First Base

Posted by: Michael Zakhar When we think of first basemen, we think of power: Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Abreu, and Miguel Cabrera. Even in a an era of offensive decline, .300/30/100 is our gold standard.  And even as we move down the positional rankings a bit, we expect players like Adrian Gonzalez and Albert Pujols to […]