Fantasy baseball season is right around the corner and it is never too soon to gather as much valuable data as possible. Each person, stat or edge that you can find will go a long way in determining who you should draft and how to structure you team in hopes of winning the 2015 championship.
Below is my breakdown of who I believe will be the top-20 first baseman in fantasy for the 2015 season. You will find a list and a further breakdown of a few select choices in my rankings. Over the next couple of weeks you will find my breakdowns of each major position heading into the new season and before your ever important drafts come due.
The breakdown below is based on a standard 5×5 mixed league with one catcher, first baseman, second baseman, short stop, and third baseman. The roster includes four outfielders, two utility players, four starting pitchers, two relief pitchers, two other pitchers and a five player bench. Obviously much of this data is transferable to numerous different league configurations but I wanted to ensure clarity up front. Let’s get to it and see how the breakdown begins.
|1||Miguel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers|
|2||Paul Goldschmidt||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|3||Jose Bautista||Toronto Blue Jays|
|4||Jose Abreu||Chicago White Sox|
|5||Freddie Freeman||Atlanta Braves|
|6||Edwin Encarnacion||Toronto Blue Jays|
|7||Buster Posey||San Francisco Giants|
|8||Anthony Rizzo||Chicago Cubs|
|9||Albert Pujols||Los Angeles Angels|
|10||Adrian Gonzalez||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|11||Chris Davis||Baltimore Orioles|
|12||Victor Martinez||Detroit Tigers|
|13||Prince Fielder||Texas Rangers|
|14||Matt Adams||St Louis Cardinals|
|15||Joey Votto||Cincinnati Reds|
|16||Carlos Santana||Cleveland Indians|
|17||Todd Frazier||Cincinnati Reds|
|18||Chris Carter||Houston Astros|
|19||Brandon Belt||San Francisco Giants|
|20||David Ortiz||Boston Red Sox|
Remember, players are placed based on eligibility at a position and it may not reflect the position he will play at the majority of the time. Hence, the inclusion of Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista on the list. Many people have already questioned why Paul Goldschmidt is my number two ranked first baseman. His 2014 season was cut short due to injury but by all reports he will be back and ready to go. If he can approach his 2013 numbers there is no doubt that he fits in the number two spot.
Buster Posey makes the top-10 as both a catcher and a first baseman based on eligibility. That is an advantage to use a player with so much upside at multiple positions. With Pablo Sandoval gone to Boston expect Posey to garner an even more vital role offensively which could yield a career year.
Chris Davis had two monster years in Baltimore before injuries and a suspension cut him short in 2014. His average took a huge dip last year and that is a reason to concern. But his suspension was due to medication he was waivered for in 2013 but did not receive in 2014. He is back on the approved waiver list and will not see a suspension for the same issue in 2015. If that keep his mind locked then he could put up a 40 home run, 100 RBI and 100 run year which makes him a candidate to be a top-3 first baseman regardless of average. He could end up as a draft steal.
Top-20 Fantasy Predictions By Position
|First Base Rankings||Catcher Rankings|
|Second Base Rankings||Outfield Rankings|
|Short Stop Rankings||Starting Pitcher Rankings|
|Third Base Rankings||Relief Pitcher Rankings|