2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: 1B

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetFantasy Baseball Rankings: 1B and UTILThese rankings are for standard 5×5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.* = Player not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the season** = UTIL-only eligibleRankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility1Paul GoldschmidtCardinals2Freddie FreemanBraves3Anthony RizzoCubs4Whit MerrifieldRoyals2B, OF5Cody BellingerDodgersOF6Rhys HoskinsPhilliesOF7Joey VottoReds8Jesus AguilarBrewers9Jose AbreuWhite Sox10Daniel MurphyRockies2B11Joey GalloRangersOF12Travis ShawBrewers2B, 3B13Matt CarpenterCardinals2B, 3B14Max MuncyDodgers2B, 3B15Ian DesmondRockiesOF16Edwin EncarnacionMariners17Miguel CabreraTigers18Matt OlsonA’s19Eric HosmerPadres20Robinson CanoMets2B21Justin SmoakBlue Jays22Shohei Ohtani**AngelsUTIL23Carlos SantanaIndians3B24Ryan BraunBrewersOF25C.J. CronTwins26J.T. RealmutoPhilliesC27Luke VoitYankees28Jake Lamb*Diamondbacks3B29Miguel SanoTwins3B30Ryan O’HearnRoyals31Ryan ZimmermanNationals32Jurickson ProfarA’s2B, 3B, SS33Trey ManciniOriolesOF34Ryon HealyMariners35Jake BauersIndiansOF36Peter AlonsoMets37Josh BellPirates38Kendrys MoralesBlue Jays39Yonder AlonsoWhite Sox40Tyler WhiteAstros41Ronald GuzmanRangers42Buster PoseyGiantsC43Yuli GurrielAstros2B, 3B44Wilmer FloresDiamondbacks2B, 3B45Steve PearceRed SoxOF46Brandon BeltGiants47Albert PujolsAngels48Ryan McMahonRockies2B, 3B49Niko GoodrumTigers2B, SS, 3B, OF50Enrique HernandezDodgers2B, SS, OF51Marwin GonzalezTwins2B, SS, OF52Ji-Man Choi**RaysUTIL53Jose MartinezCardinalsOF54Eric ThamesBrewersOF55MItch MorelandRed Sox56Yandy DiazRays57Jay BruceMarinersOF58Greg BirdYankees59Adam DuvallBravesOF60Matt AdamsNationals61Chris DavisOrioles62Todd Frazier*Mets3B63Justin BourAngels64Peter O’BrienMarlinsOF*65Hunter DozierRoyals3B Fantasy baseball owners usually don’t have to think much about first base. It’s always fairly deep, and the types of players you find there are generally pretty similar: Low-to-mid average, good power and run production, little speed. The guys who can hit for average or steal some bases, like Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman, are at the top, but if you don’t get one of those players, most of the “sleepers” and mid-tier players have pretty similar profiles. The 1B rankings on your cheat sheet are probably the least viewed most seasons.Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN One thing that seems different this year is the amount of multi-position-eligible players. It’s not unusual for a chunk of 1Bs to also be eligible in the OF or even at 3B, but this year five of our top 15 are eligible at 2B. If you draft these players, it seems more likely you’ll wind up playing them at second base, but that extra versatility gives them more overall value. For these rankings, we’re acting as if each player is only eligible at 1B, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect the overall rankings. For instance J.T. Realmuto, who’s our No. 1 catcher is only our No. 26, ranked behind many 1Bs he’ll go ahead of in drafts. However, if he was only eligible at 1B, his .277-21-77 line from last season wouldn’t be that much better than, say, Ryon Healy’s .235-24-73 mark. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamThe biggest change this season at the top of the rankings is Paul Goldschmidt’s move from hitter-friendly Arizona to hitter-neutral St. Louis. The good news is he was significantly better on the road last year (.339/.415/.638 compared to .238/.363/.420), and for his career he actually has a better average (.304) and SLG (.535) away from home. The main thing to note with Goldschmidt is that he only attempted 11 steals last year, his lowest total since his 48-game rookie campaign. Don’t expect a ton of SBs from the 31-year-old free-agent-to-be.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserStill, we like Goldschmidt’s all-around game and upside the most, but it’s tough to nitpick between the very top options. The middle-tier is even more muddled. Health and playing time are a concern for many — and will ultimately decide what the final rankings look like. Someone like Ronald Guzman could easily finish ahead of Edwin Encarnacion at the end of the year, but it would be silly to draft them that way, even if you were really high on Guzman. If you really like him, just wait several rounds. If gets snagged in front of you, adjust your target because he’s far from the only player who could break out.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300The bottom line is that there are still plenty of options at 1B, both early and late. Certain players might go earlier than expected because of their versatility, but you shouldn’t have a problem acquiring depth at this position as long as you focus on the numbers (including age and games played) and not just the names.last_img

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