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January 23, 2014

Dynasty League Positional Rankings

Top 50 First Basemen

by Bret Sayre


The Primer:
Because dynasty-league rankings are relatively league-dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

First base is the place you need to get offense these days if you want to compete, and after a strong first ten or so names, the rest of the options can get a little more dicey than you’d like to see. It’s not a particularly strong pipeline for prospects, but that’s not terribly uncommon for the position—the pipeline is often just as wide for players who have defensive deficiencies than it has been for strict first base prospects in the last decade or so. That won’t be any different in 2015, when Miguel Cabrera and Joe Mauer join the fold.

And now, your top 50 first basemen in dynasty formats:

1) Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

The no doubt top choice here, it’s still a little disarming just how good Goldschmidt was in 2013. As I talked with Mike Gianella about on our latest episode of Flags Fly Forever, Goldschmidt earned over $40 in NL-only leagues last season—which is an incredible feat reserved for only the elite of the elite. He’s closer to Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera than anyone else behind him.

2) Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
3) Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
4) Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
5) Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers

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