MLB season is upon us and Fantasy Baseball is back and better than ever! Over the next few weeks we are planning on getting you ready for any of the upcoming Fantasy drafts that you have. This week we are sending out our initial 2014 rankings that we will updated as Spring Training progresses. The week after we are going to answer 5 questions about each position as well as giving you some insight into some players that we like as well. Matt Bell joins me today as we unveil our 1st base rankings as well as take a look at one guy we like higher than his ADP and one we have lower than his ADP.
2014 Fantasy Baseball 1st Base rankings (as of 02/18/14)
|Ricky Valero||Matt Bell|
|2||Chris Davis||Prince Fielder|
|3||Prince Fielder||Joey Votto|
|4||Edwin Encarnacion||Freddie Freeman|
|5||Joey Votto||Allen Craig|
|6||Freddie Freeman||Chris Davis|
|7||Adrian Gonzalez||Edwin Encarnacion|
|8||Eric Hosmer||Eric Hosmer|
|9||Albert Pujols||Adrian Gonzalez|
|10||Buster Posey||Buster Posey|
|11||Allen Craig||Mark Trumbo|
|12||Brandon Belt||Anthony Rizzo|
|13||Carlos Santana||Brandon Belt|
|14||Mark Trumbo||Carlos Santana|
|15||Jose Abreau||Ryan Howard|
|16||Mark Teixeira||Albert Pujols|
|17||Anthony Rizzo||Matt Adams|
|18||Brandon Moss||Mark Teixeira|
|19||Matt Adams||Mike Napoli|
|20||Kendrys Morales||Brandon Moss|
|21||James Loney||James Loney|
|22||Mike Napoli||Jose Abreu|
|23||Adam Lind||Justin Morneau|
|24||Justin Morneau||Kendry Morales|
|25||Ryan Howard||Adam Lind|
|26||Yonder Alonso||Yonder Alonso|
|27||Corey Hart||Chris Carter|
|28||Adam LaRoche||Adam LaRoche|
|29||Ike Davis||Cory Hart|
|30||Chris Carter||Ike Davis|
Why I ranked (blank) higher than his Current ADP (ADP average comes from the rankings at Fantasypros.com)
Ricky – Adrian Gonzalez – He has an ADP of 11th overall at 1st base and I have him sitting at #7. Gonzalez has been very consistent fantasy option over the last 3 seasons averaging .310, 190 hits, 22 HRs, 108 RBIs and 84 runs. While he doesn’t show the power he once had, he is in a very potent offense in which he is batting cleanup in and he should easily see his numbers duplicate what they were a year ago.
Matt Bell - Allen Craig is a guy I’m higher on that most people as he’s 5th in my ranking while carrying an ADP of 11th among 1B. Craig missed some time due to injury, but if he can stay healthy at his age I think he can carry your fantasy team. He’s hit for an average of .306 in his career and could go over 100 RBI’s this year in the Cardinals Line up.
Why I ranked (blank) lower than his current ADP.
Ricky - Anthony Rizzo – Current ADP is 15th and I have him ranked 17th. It’s really not that much of difference but he has a big upside to him if he lowers his strike outs. I don’t see that happening. In his 1st full season he struck out far too much for my likening and honestly would rather have a guy like Jose Abreu or Brandon Belt who are being drafted 2-3 round later.
Matt Bell - Albert Pujols has a ADP of place 7 while in my rankings you will find him ranked 16th. I’m not high on Pujols at all this year as he’s battled injuries the last year and is only getting older. I firmly believe there is something wrong with him that will keep him from ever performing at the high levels he use to. Is Albert Pujols going to be a terrible player this year? No, probably not, but he’s going to hit .300 and justify a top 5 round pick in my book.
Yesterday I started with my Catchers and you can check them out here: http://wp.me/p2MUTr-BY
If you have any questions about the upcoming Fantasy Baseball season make sure to hope on over to twitter and ask. You can follow me @rickygangster and Matt Bell @Mattbell211 and we will answer any and all questions.
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