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01-20

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-18

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Get to Know: First Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-16

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State of the Position: First Base
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George Bissell

01-16

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Early ADP Analysis: First Base
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Matt Collins

01-16

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The Quinton: First Basemen, Roto Categories, and Total vs. Complementary Production
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Jeff Quinton

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 72: First Base Week
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-22

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The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-22

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-21

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: First Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-20

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-20

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Welcome to Splitsville: First Base
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Doug Thorburn

01-20

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Base
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-20

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Get to Know: First-Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-19

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State of the Position: First Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-19

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The Adjuster: First Basemen
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Wilson Karaman

01-19

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22

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Base
by
J.P. Breen

01-18

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The Quinton: The Representativeness Heuristic and Baseball Positions
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Jeff Quinton

01-18

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16

Early ADP Analysis: First Base
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George Bissell

03-30

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The Buyer's Guide: Adam Lind
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J.P. Breen

03-13

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Player Profile: Ryan Zimmerman
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Matt Collins

01-16

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Player Profile: Ike Davis
by
Wilson Karaman

01-16

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Base
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-15

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Brandon Belt vs. Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

01-14

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The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen
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Nick Shlain

01-12

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The Quinton: The Value of Having Options
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Jeff Quinton

08-13

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They Hold No Quarter: First Base
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-21

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State of the Position: First Basemen
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Craig Goldstein

01-21

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: First Basemen
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Mauricio Rubio

03-20

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Josh Shepardson

03-11

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Pebble Hunting: The End of First Basemen?
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Sam Miller

07-22

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BP Unfiltered: The Waste Land of the National League
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Colin Wyers

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-03

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Future Shock: Giants Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
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Jay Jaffe

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

12-21

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Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident
by
Mike Fast

12-19

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Wezen-Ball: The Greatest Comic Ever
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Larry Granillo

11-22

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Fantasy Beat: Early Off-Season ADPs
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Jason Collette

11-03

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Wezen-Ball: Take Me Out to the Holosuite: A Star Trek DS9 Breakdown
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Larry Granillo

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
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Jay Jaffe

08-18

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The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
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Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
by
Mike Fast

07-12

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1
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R.J. Anderson

06-21

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: First Base
by
Jason Parks

05-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielders, Part I
by
Jason Parks

05-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball in 1864
by
Clay Davenport

05-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Bautista's Enduring Young Charms
by
Jay Jaffe

04-14

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III
by
David Laurila

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January 20, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Base

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Greg Wellemeyer

Ranking the players at this position based on their value between now and the end of the 2018 season.

J.J. Jansons kicked off the three-year rankings series last week by bravely listing 39 real-life catchers, plus a generic Angel he made up and called Carlos Perez. I’m on first-base duty and while nothing is as bleak as catcher, the bottom of this list ain’t exactly rosy.

Before we get started, allow me to quote J.J. quoting Ben Carsley on the premise of these rankings:

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Examining the future fantasy contributors at this position.

First base used to be a god-awful position for fantasy prospects. I’d say it’s moved all the way up to “just okay” over the past few months. You’re unlikely to find any fantasy superstars among the names listed below, but there are at least quite a few likely solid contributors. Remember, last week we talked about catching prospects, so don’t get greedy.

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An overview of the fantasy options available at this position for the coming season.

In fantasy baseball, 2015 saw a revitalization of sorts at first base. After a down year in 2014 where merely five first basemen earned $25 or more in mono formats, 2015 saw eight first basemen crack this barrier. The big categorical jumps at the position came in home runs and batting average. The position picked up nearly 100 home runs from 2014 (or three home runs per every 600 plate appearances) and jumped from a .252 batting average in 2014 to a .259 batting average in 2015. Where in drafts and auctions last year the temptation was to go small at the position to avoid overspending on modest production, last year’s spike in production suggests that it might be better to go big early. Where only two first basemen cracked the Top 25 overall in mixed league rankings in 2014, five first basemen turned the feat in 2015, with a sixth barely missing the cut.

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January 19, 2016 6:00 am

The Adjuster: First Basemen

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Wilson Karaman

A look at the players at this position who see their values change in OBP or points formats.

Now that the dirty work of slogging through the catchers is behind us, we can tear into some real fantasy red meat with a look at first basemen. As a reminder, we’ll be running an Adjuster article each week as a subsidiary to our positional rankings as a space to specifically highlight players who see their values rise or fall relative to our tiered rankings. For hitters we’ll focus on value adjustments in OBP and points formats, though suggestions for additional formats are always welcome in the comments, and if enough of a consensus forms to include additional formats we can adjust (Eh? Eh?) as we go. Even assuming you’re here because you play in an alternate format, I’d strongly suggest you check out J.P.’s tiered rankings for first basemen before you dive in, as my notes on valuation are all based off of those rankings as a starting point. And with that, let’s get to it.

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Where catchers were a collective lump of dead tundra in February, first basemen are beachfront property in August, and the contrast is particularly sharp as it relates to OBP formats. The cold corner produced a cumulative OBP 11 points higher than any other positional grouping, and the 77-point gap between on-base percentage and batting average ranked first by 12. Walk rate was the obvious driving force here, as first basemen took free passes at a 9.7 percent clip, nearly two percentage points higher than the next-best outfielders. A full 18 qualifying hitters who logged at least 250 at-bats registered an OBP more than 80 points higher than their batting averages—for context, just nine backstops did, and once we hit the middle infield, those guys will be rarer still. First base is a critically important position to set a firm baseline in standard leagues, and it is all the more important in OBP formats. I’ll try to spend as little time as possible on the elite candidates here in favor of some more interesting names of relevance to OBP-leaguers.

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January 19, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Base

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J.P. Breen

Breaking down the options at this position into fantasy-value-based bins.

As our fantasy positional series continues at Baseball Prospectus, we move from a position of turpitude (catcher) to one of genuine quality (first base). The positional series is a collaborative effort—with my rankings taking into account the arguments of other Fantasy Team writers—so if your favorite player doesn’t get enough attention in this article, there’s a great chance that he’s been (or will be) featured in another piece this week. Let’s get to the “star” ratings, which will once again be broken down into five tiers.

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January 18, 2016 6:00 am

The Quinton: The Representativeness Heuristic and Baseball Positions

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Jeff Quinton

Why our idea of the typical, power-hitting first baseman may lead us to undervalue players who don't fit that mold.

When filling out our fantasy baseball rosters, we do not simply select the 23 best players available to us; instead, we select the 23 best players that fit at the positions required by the league rules. This likely means that we will be selecting a player for each infield position, 3-5 outfielders, and eight-or-so pitchers. Depending on the league, we might be selecting a second catcher, an extra corner and middle infielder, and/or a specific number of starting pitchers and relief pitchers.

When our decisions change from picking the best to picking the best for a specific role, our decision making process can be negatively affected. At this point we welcome back our old friend, the representativeness heuristic. As written previously:

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January 18, 2016 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: First Base

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George Bissell

A look at where the fantasy-relevant first sackers were selected in the first batch of 2016 drafts.

Welcome to the second installment of our new fantasy series focused primarily on analyzing early average draft position (ADP) trends to determine what we can learn from them to help improve our draft-day strategy heading into 2016.

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March 30, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Adam Lind

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J.P. Breen

Is a bit year in store for the ex-Jay as he takes over at first base in Milwaukee?

Fantasy baseball owners are hardwired to pursue value. It’s not always about grabbing the best player at a given position, but rather identifying several players who are undervalued by the community and spending less to acquire more. That way, the banked money can be utilized in other areas to create the best possible squad.

When acquiring high-end players, value isn’t always paramount. In auctions, if you’re unwilling to spend the extra $5-10 on an elite player, you’ll be stuck with extra money in the end and a roster devoid of impact talent. Similarly, in snake drafts, the first couple of rounds are more about acquiring “safe” production among the elite, rather than absolute talent—which is why someone like Troy Tulowitzki is a back-end option in the first round, when his talent is clearly top five.

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March 13, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Ryan Zimmerman

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Matt Collins

Now healthy, can the Nats infielder rediscover his past levels of production?

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January 16, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Ike Davis

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Wilson Karaman

After bouncing around and landing with the A's, can the first baseman bounce back in 2015?

Ummm… what now? An entire fantasy player profile about Ike Davis? The guy that returned a whopping $8 of NL-only value last year? The guy who’s currently going as the thirty-eighth first baseman off the board in early NFBC drafts, behind the Yonder Alonsos and Mitch Morelands of the world? Yeah, that’s the guy. He doesn’t deserve that kind of a draft day fate. Walk with me. Let’s talk about Ike Davis, and why he shouldn’t be that irrelevant to your 2015 plans.

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January 16, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Base

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to stay away from these first sackers in your drafts and auctions this spring.

Previous articles in this series:

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January 15, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Brandon Belt vs. Lucas Duda

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J.P. Breen

Which of these first sackers should you choose in multi-year formats?

By this point, you’ve seen a few Tale of the Tape articles. Matt Collins kicked us off strong, Craig Goldstein refused to fall victim to groupthink and branched out with a dynasty league version, and Mr. Collins doubled up with another installment this week. The 2015 Tale of the Tape series shines a spotlight on two closely ranked players at the same position, hoping to pry them apart enough to help fantasy owners on draft day. Today, we’re featuring a showdown between Lucas Duda, who was a breakout guy last year, and perennial fantasy darling Brandon Belt. It’s East Coast vs. West Coast. The Big Apple vs. the City of the Bay. The penniless Mets vs. the World Champion Giants.

Truth hurts, Mets fans.

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