2019 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings
The first base position used to be a loaded fantasy baseball position where you could draft potential MVPs in the early rounds or wait til the later rounds and get a ton of power to round out your rosters. This season is a bit different. There are a few studs up top, but the depth is definitely not there anymore and you will have to find the correct values on draft day. Hopefully, the 2019 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings help you out.
|1 – Paul Goldshmidt||11 – Ian Desmond|
|2 – Freddie Freeman||12 – Edwin Encarnacion|
|3 – Matt Carpenter||13 – Max Muncy|
|4 – Anthony Rizzo||14 – Carlos Santana|
|5 – Joey Votto||15 – Yuli Gurriel|
|6 – Matt Olson||16 – Josh Bell|
|7 – Cody Bellinger||17 – Jose Martinez|
|8 – Jesus Aguilar||18 – C.J. Cron|
|9 – Jose Abreu||19 – Peter Alonso|
|10 – Joey Gallo||20 – Miguel Cabrera|
As you may be able to tell by the Top 20, the position is definitely sketchy as was previously mentioned. Goldy and Freddie are clear 1st and 2nd options for me. Honestly it’s probably more like 1A and 1B with Goldy not running as much.
After the Top 2 there’s a 3 pack of Carpenter, Rizzo and Votto that you may see a ton of differences among industry rankings. Rizzo is usually Mr. Consistent and some love that about him. When it comes to Carpenter many have to ask, “Can he repeat the power from last year?” Lastly, Votto had a major downer of a 2018 season when it comes to power, but the value currently in drafts is insane and is going to be very tough to pass up.
At the 6 spot is one of my favorites in Matt Olson. Those that listen to my pods and have followed me long enough know about my love of Olson. A few years ago he was my minor league fantasy sleeper at the position and each year has continued to improve. This is the year he takes an even bigger jump into the upper echelon of first baseman.
The 7-10 spots are some boom or bust guys for me in Bellinger, Aguilar, Abreu and Gallo. Abreu likely the most consistent of the group and usually my go to when I don’t want to take the risk. Gallo is the major risk as the power is there, but the average isn’t yet. The thing to remember with Gallo is he’s a beast and likely ranked higher in OBP leagues. Bellinger and Aguilar are very interesting. I like Aguilar more as I feel we can get that power with a decent average, where as Bellinger is a guy I’ve always been skeptical on and last season it worked out well.
After the Top 10 it’s a lot of “in the eye of the beholder” type players. If you have any questions fire away.