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First Base Dynasty Rankings for Fantasy Baseball

It's not quite draft season for fantasy baseball but that matters little in dynasty. Cut/hold decisions are being made in the following weeks leading up to the annual redraft or auction so it's important to assess the relative value of each player on your roster. As it turns out, I've recently updated my dynasty fantasy baseball rankings with a top 360 overall list and will be evaluating an even deeper list of players at each individual position with analysis. We've already covered outfielders, which you can read here.

All of the players listed have first base eligibility, although several will be used at shallower positions in fantasy leagues. Deciding whether to value a young, unproven prospect above a Major League veteran is a debate as old as baseball itself. One thing is for certain, there is no shortage of talent here.

Let's dive into the 1B fantasy baseball dynasty rankings as we make a collective New Year's wish for a swift end to the lockout and a Major League season that begins on time.

Editor's Note: Our incredible team of writers received five total writing awards and 13 award nominations by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, tops in the industry! Congrats to all the award winners and nominees including Best MLB Series, NFL Series, NBA Writer, PGA Writer and Player Notes writer of the year. Be sure to follow their analysis, rankings and advice all year long, and win big with RotoBaller! Read More!

 

Dynasty First Base Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B,3B
2 Freddie Freeman FA 1B
3 Matt Olson OAK 1B
4 Spencer Torkelson DET 1B,3B
5 Austin Riley ATL 1B,3B,OF
6 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
7 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B,OF
8 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B,OF
9 Alex Kirilloff MIN 1B,OF
10 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
11 Kris Bryant FA 1B,3B,OF
12 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
13 Andrew Vaughn CWS 1B,OF
14 Brandon Lowe TB 1B,2B,OF
15 Max Muncy LAD 1B,2B,3B
16 Alec Bohm PHI 1B,3B
17 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B
18 Trey Mancini BAL 1B,OF
19 Anthony Rizzo FA 1B
20 Jared Walsh LAA 1B,OF
21 Jake Cronenworth SD 1B,2B,SS
22 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B,2B,3B
23 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 1B,2B ,OF
24 Josh Bell WSH 1B ,OF
25 Triston Casas BOS 1B
26 Kyle Schwarber FA 1B ,OF
27 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B
28 Ryan McMahon COL 1B,2B,3B
29 J.T. Realmuto PHI 1B,C
30 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B,3B
31 Nick Pratto KC 1B
32 Luke Voit NYY 1B
33 Yasmani Grandal CWS C,1B
34 Wil Myers SD 1B,OF
35 Frank Schwindel CHC 1B,OF
36 C.J. Cron COL 1B
37 Mark Canha NYM 1B,OF
38 Ty France SEA 1B,2B,3B
39 Miguel Sano MIN 1B,3B
40 Jeimer Candelario DET 1B,3B
41 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B
42 Tyler Stephenson CIN 1B,C
43 Josh Naylor CLE 1B,OF
44 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B,3B
45 Luis Torrens SEA 1B,C
46 Yandy Diaz TB 1B,3B
47 Niko Goodrum FA 1B,2B,SS,OF
48 Keston Hiura MIL 1B,2B
49 Evan White SEA 1B
50 Garrett Cooper MIA 1B,OF
51 Connor Joe COL 1B,OF
52 LaMonte Wade Jr. SF 1B,OF
53 Jordan Luplow ARI 1B,OF
54 Brandon Belt SF 1B,OF
55 Eduardo Escobar NYM 1B,2B,3B
56 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B,2B
57 Mike Moustakas CIN 1B,2B,3B
58 Joey Votto CIN 1B
59 Dominic Smith NYM 1B,OF
60 Seth Beer ARI 1B,OF
61 Carlos Santana KC 1B
62 Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B
63 Pavin Smith ARI 1B,OF
64 Darin Ruf SF 1B,OF
65 Sherten Apostel TEX 1B
66 Renato Nunez BAL 1B,3B
67 Michael Chavis PIT 1B,2B,OF
68 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B,3B,OF
69 Colin Moran FA 1B,2B,3B
70 Hunter Dozier KC 1B,3B ,OF
71 Edwin Rios LAD 1B,3B
72 Yoshi Tsutsugo PIT 1B,3B ,OF
73 Daniel Vogelbach FA 1B
74 Jake Bauers CIN 1B,OF
75 Jesus Aguilar MIA 1B
76 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
77 Ji-Man Choi TB 1B
78 Mitch Moreland FA 1B
79 Josh VanMeter ARI 1B,2B,3B,OF
80 Aaron Sabato MIN 1B
81 Austin Slater SF 1B,OF ,OF
82 Grant Lavigne COL 1B
83 Joshua Fuentes FA 1B,3B
84 Lewin Diaz MIA 1B
85 Seth Brown OAK 1B,OF
86 Gavin Sheets CWS 1B ,OF
87 Ryan O'Hearn KC 1B ,OF
88 John Nogowski ATL 1B
89 J.J. Matijevic HOU 1B,OF
90 Mike Brosseau MIL 1B,2B,3B

 

Preseason Thoughts

Matt Olson (3) went from chump to champ in a hurry. In 2020, he slashed .195/.310/.424 with a career-worst 31.4% strikeout rate. Health was certainly not the issue, as he played in all 60 games. The power was there with 14 home runs but the plate discipline was awful. Olson bounced back in a big way in 2021, slashing .271/.371/.540 and finishing 12th in OPS. Oddly, he actually saw his xWOBACON decline for the second straight year in 2021 and his .507 xSLG, while excellent, is a far cry from his 2019 mark of .568. All told, Olson cemented himself as an elite first baseman in his age-27 season and could easily repeat the feat, if not improve.

Ryan Mountcastle (7) had an uneven first half to his rookie season but ended up with 33 HR due to a strong combined August and September. He handled fastballs with relative ease but will need to improve his .160 AVG on offspeed stuff. As with any young slugger, he also needs to chase less in order to cut down his strikeout rate. Driving in 89 runs in Baltimore is no small feat though, so there's more to be encouraged about than concerned. A nice core is developing in the middle of that lineup with Mountcastle, Anthony Santander, Austin Hays, and Trey Mancini following up breakout player Cedric Mullins at the leadoff spot. Mountcastle should settle in as a .280 hitter eventually and will be a solid source of counting stats for years to come.

I may be irrationally high on Alex Kirilloff (9) coming off wrist surgery and competing for playing time on a rebuilding Twins team but there's a reason. As Eric Samulski pointed out recently when predicting a power spike in 2022, Kirilloff had a barrel rate in the 87th percentile after increasing his launch angle. The Twins were big sellers at last year's deadline so the loss of Nelson Cruz opened up a spot for Kirilloff to DH every day. He's a liability in the outfield but plays a competent first base so he should get enough time there to retain 1B eligibility this year.

Andrew Vaughn (13) played just enough first base (15 games) as a rookie to keep his corner infield status but will mostly serve as an outfielder or designated hitter in 2022. RosterResource has him pegged to platoon with Gavin Sheets at DH but it's hard to imagine that the former third overall pick won't get first crack at winning the job outright this spring. It was mostly a disappointing debut, as he hit .235 and drove in 48 runs over 417 at-bats despite being in one of the best offenses in the AL. The plate discipline was solid, however, with a 10% swinging-strike rate below the league average of 11.3% and his exit velocity ranked high. Vaughn has long been regarded for his hit tool over his power so the strides should come. If anything, his post-hype status makes him a buy-low candidate heading into this season.

Josh Bell (24) has yet to replicate his 2019 All-Star level of production but he fared much better than in his miserable 2020. A move out of Pittsburgh is a positive for any player and it helped Bell get to a batting line that was very close to his 2017 season. He saw his OPS rise by .131 in the second half of the season. He wound up with 27 HR, 88 RBI, 75 R, and a .261 average. His improvement down the stretch led to a career-best 52% hard-hit rate and superb expected stats across the board (sprint speed excluded, of course).

The Nats have lost key pieces in their lineup, namely Trea Turner, but Bell is in line to put up solid power numbers once again. Although he's technically past his prime, don't count out an uptick in value.

 

Deeper Options to Watch

Bobby Bradley (41) does one thing really well - clear the fences. He went deep 16 times in less than half a season's worth of plate appearances with a home run every 15.3 at-bats, quite a bit higher than the MLB average of 25.8 AB/HR. As expected, he's got a lot of swing-and-miss in his profile and only hit .208 as a rookie. The Guardians aren't expected to splurge once free agency opens back up so the path to regular playing time is there.

Seth Beer (60) is another power bat on a rebuilding offense but his shot at regular ABs isn't as clear. He is coming off late-season shoulder surgery which could affect his start to the 2022 season. His raw power isn't as great as Bradley but he's got a track record of hitting for average throughout the minors. He's a name to watch in the second half of 2022.

Sherten Apostel (65) similarly underwent surgery last September but to address an issue with knee cartilage. This is far less concerning and shouldn't affect his swing. He'll likely need another year of seasoning and could be blocked at first if Nate Lowe stakes his claim to the everyday job. Apostel has played some third base too but will have to beat out Josh Jung at that corner spot. If the Rangers manage to contend as they seem keen on doing given the money they've already spent this offseason, Apostel could be deemed expendable.

If it seems like the Twins have a glut of young corner infield/outfield types, it's because they do. We already looked at Kirilloff but there's also Trevor Larnach, Brent Rooker, and Aaron Sabato (80). Taken in the first round of the 2020 draft, Sabato clubbed 19 HR in 361 AB across the low minors but shuffled to a .202 average. His whopping 19.8% BB% is a great sign and mostly offsets his 32% K% given his power. He's a solid stash for deeper leagues that could supplant Miguel Sano in another year or two.



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With James Robinson suffering a torn Achilles deep into last season, it quickly became the expectation that a healthy Travis Etienne would be the Jaguars' RB1 this year. Miraculously, Robinson avoided entering training camp on the PUP list and is already taking some reps with the first-team offense. If he continues to progress and sees... Read More


Is James Washington Out for the Season?

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver James Washington earned his fair share of hype during the offseason. After leaving the Steelers and joining Dallas' high-powered offense, his stock started to grow. Then, with Amari Cooper traded to the Browns and Michael Gallup recovering from a torn ACL, it looked like Washington had a chance to carve out... Read More


Aaron Rodgers - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Targets, NFL Injury News

Quarterback Fantasy Football Rankings for 2022 Drafts: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan

Fellow RotoBallers, we present our updated 2022 fantasy football quarterback rankings. We have been updating our fantasy football rankings all throughout the preseason, and will continue until the season kicks off. Our quarterback fantasy football rankings are put together by Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Scott Engel and Brandon Murchison. Below you will also see recent fantasy football... Read More