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First Base H2H Points Rankings - March Update

Welcome back RotoBallers. With the MLB season just a few short weeks a way, it's time to update our rankings and analysis to account for injuries, free agent signings, spring training risers/fallers and more. We kick off our updated March rankings today with the first base position.

Bill Dubiel breaks down each tier and provides analysis for which players might be overvalued or undervalued in fantasy baseball drafts. The position is very strong at the top and provides incredible depth, particularly in the power department. Many of the names remain the same, but some of the regulars have fallen and been replaced with younger talent. Let's take a look.

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Updated Head-to-Head Points League Rankings: First Base

Ranking Tier Player Name Pos Auction $
1 1 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 39
2 1 Joey Votto 1B 35
3 2 Anthony Rizzo 1B/2B 33
4 2 Freddie Freeman 1B/3B 32
5 2 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF 27
6 2 Jose Abreu 1B 27
7 2 Edwin Encarnacion 1B 24
8 2 Rhys Hoskins 1B/OF 21
9 3 Wil Myers 1B 19
10 3 Buster Posey C/1B 17
11 3 Miguel Cabrera 1B 17
12 3 Eric Hosmer 1B 17
13 3 Justin Smoak 1B 16
14 3 Ryan Zimmerman 1B 15
15 3 Matt Carpenter 1B/2B/3B 15
16 4 Matt Olson OF/1B 13
17 4 Justin Bour 1B 10
18 4 Carlos Santana 1B 9
19 4 Ian Desmond OF/1B 9
20 4 Josh Bell 1B 9
21 4 Jay Bruce OF/1B 8
22 4 Greg Bird 1B 8
23 4 Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF 8
24 4 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 6
25 5 Ryan McMahon 1B/3B 4
26 5 Chris Davis 1B 4
27 5 Eric Thames 1B/OF 3
28 5 Yulieski Gurriel 1B 3
29 5 Trey Mancini 1B/OF 3
30 5 Hanley Ramirez 1B 2
31 5 Kendrys Morales 1B 2
32 6 Ryon Healy 3B/1B 2
33 6 Albert Pujols 1B 2
34 6 Logan Morrison 1B 1
35 6 Yonder Alonso 1B 1
36 6 Brandon Belt 1B/OF 1
37 6 C.J. Cron 1B 1
38 6 Colin Moran 3B/1B 1
39 6 Mark Reynolds 1B 1
40 6 Lucas Duda 1B 1
41 6 Jedd Gyorko 1B/3B 1
42 6 Victor Martinez 1B 1
43 6 Jose Martinez OF/1B 1
44 7 Mitch Moreland 1B 1
45 7 Tommy Joseph 1B 1
46 7 A.J. Reed 1B 1
47 7 Adrian Gonzalez 1B 1
48 7 Joe Mauer 1B 1
49 7 Dan Vogelbach 1B 1
50 7 David Freese 1B/3B 1
51 7 Mike Napoli 1B 1
52 7 Jake Bauers 1B/OF 1
53 7 Kennys Vargas 1B 1
54 7 Jefry Marte 1B/OF 1
55 7 Matt Adams 1B 1
56 7 Matt Holliday 1B/OF 1
57 7 Adam Lind 1B 1
58 7 Danny Valencia 1B/3B/OF 1
59 7 Dominic Smith 1B 1


Tier 1

These are your studs, and I agree with the order here. Goldschmidt is still a top five pick in my eyes despite the various and sundry concerns about the humidor in Arizona and a steadily dropping steal total. Votto is just so darn consistent, you can be happy with him at pick 13 or later in my eyes. Rizzo and Freeman are bona fide studs and likely still fall inside the top 20 picks for me.

Tier 2

I am lower on Rhys Hoskins than most, simply because we saw so very little of him in 2017. The cracks started to show in September for the rookie, as he hit just .220 over the final month of the season and struck out like a fiend (35.2% K-rate). This is enough to make sure that I don't end up with him in most drafts--there will be someone willing to take him in the 3rd-5th round, whereas I'll take him no earlier than the 7th.

Tier 3

I still think there is more left in the tank for Miguel Cabrera. He dealt with injuries on-and-off all through last season, and if he's 100% healthy he is still capable of a 30-homer, .300-BA season. I'm also a big fan of Matt Carpenter this season (like every season). He's a lock for 20 homers and I think a .265 BA with 90 runs and 90 RBI. For the record, I don't think Ryan Zimmerman comes anywhere near the numbers he put up last season, but he is still hitting in the meat of a very good lineup and will get his RBI if he stays healthy.

Tier 4

Ian Desmond is in a great situation in Colorado, and while the steals might not be there for another 20/20 season, the boost he should get from a full season at Coors makes him a great option if you want to wait on first base. The multi-positional eligibility is a nice little bonus as well. Greg Bird is a huge question mark headed into this season, as we've seen flashes of excellence along with last year's regular season awfulness/injury. Heading into 2018 fully healthy, Bird should hit behind arguably the best 1-5 lineup in baseball, so he will have plenty of opportunities to prove his worth. I'm taking a flier on him in as many leagues as possible.

Tier 5

I am way higher on Yuli Gurriel than many of my contemporaries, for the same reason I'm intrigued in Bird. He'll be hitting towards the end of what could very well be the best lineup in all of baseball, and we've seen that he's capable of excellence. He's a very interesting late-round flier when you're building up your depth with a ceiling for much more. I can't stand Chris Davis and his 4 billion (approximately) K's, so I'm low, low, low on him in 2018.

Tier 6

This entire tier is full of guys who were once stars and are now more or less just there for the power numbers they bring to the table (Morales, Pujols, Ramirez, Belt). I'm avoiding almost everyone in this group--if you've waited this long on 1B or a backup 1B, why not wait a little longer.

Tier 7

Mark Reynolds very quietly had a great 2017 for the Rockies (30 HR, 97 RBI), and I'll be taking a flier if he does in fact sign there again. At this point it remains to be seen whether or not the Rockies give Ryan McMahon a shot at the everyday first baseman job, but if Reynolds does return he should provide some cheap power as a backup in your fantasy lineup.

Tier 8

Very little to see here. Waiting for Dominic Smith to emerge could take a little bit, as he's likely headed back to AAA (and probably was even before he suffered a quad strain). A similar story with Jake Bauers--we'll probably see him with the Rays at some point in 2018, but he's going to start the year in AAA.


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