26 Oct Fantasy Baseball: 2019 1B Ranks
I have began my 2019 Fantasy Baseball Postional rankings, so if you missed my catcher ranks, go check out the link at the bottom of this article!
Also, you may see a guy or two missing *coughs, Rhys Hoskins, cough* but I rank players by the position they played at most.
After years of having steady boppers at first-base there has been more and more talent spread out around the diamond, leaving first-base a little weaker than usual. The top end talent is still supreme, but it dries up quickly.
Let’s dive into the tiers!
Tier 1: The Studs
1b1: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI?
Goldy and Freeman could be swapped, they are that close. Goldy’s lack of steals push him out of the top tier of hitters, but he is as safe as it gets for top round talent, and could receive a park upgrade, hello short porch.
1B2: Freddie Freeman, ATL
As outlined above, these two are a coin flip, as the lineup favors Freeman. ATL is a budding contender built around premium offensive bats. Freeman could go JD on us, but the power would have to rise.
Tier 2: The Near Studs
1B3: Anthony Rizzo, CHC
I have a feeling Rizzo will get underrated this draft season, and if so, I will take him everywhere. His .846 OPS was disappointing, but he still reached 100+ RBI and 31 HR+Steals. The safety he provides is valuable.
1B4: Cody Bellinger, LAD
This ranking is aggressive but Bellinger has the makings of a superstar. He’s already shown near 40 HR pop and could easily reach 20 steals. Where Bellinger could grow is vs lefties, he crushed them in 2017, so the growth potential is real.
1B5: Joey Votto, CIN
This ranking will solely come down to how many homers Votto hits in 2019. I’m expecting at least 24.
Tier 3: The Safe Producers
1B6: Jose Abreu, CWS
Abreu just posted a career worst in BA and HR (.265 & 22) in 2018, but those numbers should rise in 2019. Abreu is as safe as they come.
1B7: Edwin Encarnacion, CLE
E5 was Mr. Safety until his BA fell off a cliff. Despite this, the power is still prevalent. Buy him before the options get ugly.
Tier 4: The Risky Potential Risers
1B8: Jesus Aguilar, MIL
Based on his 2018 numbers, Aguilar should be much higher than this ranking. I won’t be buying him off his career year, as playing time maybe a little in question with all the talent Milwaukee has.
1B9: Max Muncy, LAD
Muncy is a little like Aguilar in terms of iffy playing time, but the OBP is too good to ignore (.391 OBP). He also has lots of opportunity to play and should gain multi-position eligibility.
1B10: Matt Olson, OAK
Olson may appear to be a bad batting average power bat, and maybe just that, but there is upside in that bat. He showed skills growth in 2018, as he cut his K rate and bumped up his BB rate.
Tier 5: The Skilled Unknowns
1B11: Jose Martinez, STL
Jose could really use a trade, and if he gets one, his ADP will SKYROCKET. Buy the skills, worry about the role later.
1B12: Ian Desmond, COL
Admittedly, Dez is a tough rank for me. The BA is ugly, but the numbers count (22 HR’s, 20 SB). Coors could fuel a decent batting average, leading to profit potential with this pick.
1B13: Miguel Cabrera, DET
I wouldn’t touch Miggy in any league of depth, but his upside is much greater than other guys in this range. The downside? A huge donut.
Tier 6: The Bargain Bin
1B14: Justin Smoak, TOR?
Toronto has a team option that is likely to kick in, keeping him in TDot. Smoak should continue to produce, expect 24+ homers.
1B15: Tyler White, HOU
Tyler White’s role is up in the air, as Houston has lots of other options, making him less than safe. When he plays, he has shown that he is well worth this rank, especially in that offense.
1B16: Carlos Santana, PHI
Santana is trending down: a bad batting average guy with middling power returns. He is aging and shouldn’t be anything more than a corner infielder in your deep leagues.
1B17: Josh Bell, PIT
Bell still has upside in some people’s eyes, but the power has yet to come to fruition consistently. Bell could rise, but his middling power tamps him down some.
Tier 7: The Last Resorts
1B18: Eric Hosmer, SD
San Diego already regrets this contract, avoid this big name unless he falls very far down draft boards.
1B19: Jake Bauers, TB
Bauers carries risk himself, but the upside is undeniable. Power-speed this late is awesome but he has warts, like a .201 BA and inefficient base stealing (6 for 12 on the base paths).
1B20: Yonder Alonso, CLE
23 homers with a .250 BA makes sense here, but the upside is capped and Alonso is aging. He will be 32 in April.
Check out the other position rankings here: