2017 Fantasy First Base Rankings: Reach For the Top-Shelf

By on March 26, 2017
first base busts Photo Credit: Keith Allison

It’s not really a surprise to see that our 2017 Fantasy First Base Rankings show plenty of studs in the top couple tiers, but seeing them in the grand scheme of an overall draft makes us understand the falloff from the top half at this position.

It’s also important to understand you’ll need to get one of the top tier players here before the draft moves through the first 100 picks or so.

I’m currently taking part in an experts draft hosted by the guys over at MLB.com, and while it’s a 15-team, Mixed Rotisserie draft, I do think all Fantasy owners in all types of leagues can benefit from it.

The only first baseman to within the first 12 picks was Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, who has become the gold standard for Fantasy first basemen in recent years – especially in Rotisserie play, where his speed is an even bigger advantage. In the top 36 picks, there were five more first basemen to go off the board: Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Freddie Freeman and Edwin Encarnacion. The next primarily first-base position player to get drafted was Hanley Ramirez (with Jose Abreu right behind him) around Pick 70. Wil Myers went in the next round, and now we’ve just past the 120th pick, and no other primarily first basemen have been picked!

That’s nine first basemen gone in the top 80 picks – and for the top 120 picks. Interestingly, if we look back at the 2016 End-of-Season Rankings from FanGraphs last fall, there were eight first basemen that posted $20-plus values, then a 25-percent dropoff to the next tier. There are bigger expectations for Jose Abreu this season than last, and lesser expectations from Myers. Again, Myers’ value leans on his speed, although, he did also hit four more homers (28) than Goldy last year (24).

2017 Fantasy First Base Rankings

Check back often, as we’ll be updating our 2017 Fantasy First Base Rankings over the next couple months. We posted our 2017 Catcher Rankings already, and the rest of our position rankings are coming this week.

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Sports online since 2000 – and playing Fantasy Sports since 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner, along with Big Unit and Big Papi. A veteran of hundreds of drafts in the past 15 years alone, Gonos is closely acquainted with sleepers, breakouts and busts – as he has drafted many of all three. He was a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBSSports.com for five years, and he has been columnist on SI.com and FanDuel.com, while also getting published on MLB.com, NFL.com, FoxSports.com and USAToday.com.
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