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2018 Positional Thoughts - First Base
Reggie | Thursday January 4th, 2018
Joey Votto quietly produced MVP level numbers in 2017. (USA Today Sports Images)
Joey Votto quietly produced MVP level numbers in 2017. (USA Today Sports Images)
Positional thoughts for the upcoming season, giving the lows and highs of players to watch heading into your fantasy baseball drafts.

Initial rankings are listed here for the first base. We've already discussed catchers.

Joey Votto quietly produced MVP type numbers in 2017. Fantasy owners can expect that same production in 2018. Paul Goldschmidt led the Snakes to the playoffs last season, and will again be one of the best offensive players in the league. Both Votto and Goldy are a fine choice for your first baseman in 2018, with a slight edge going to Votto (huge OBP numbers).

The Tier 2 listing has everything for owners. Each player listed here could arguably be bumped up the list depending on what your team needs. However, each player in this group will still produce 30+ home run power and high on-base percentage numbers.

Freddie Freeman will likely be overlooked because the rest of the Atlanta Braves' offense is terrible, but that certainly shouldn't stop owners from picking up Freeman over Anthony Rizzo.

Cody Bellinger will look to build on his Rookie of the Year season - hoping to land 50 home runs (okay, perhaps 40 HR is more reasonable).

Rhys Hoskins is part of the Philadelphia Phillies rebuild. Even though he'll likely split time between first base and the outfield with newly signed Carlos Santana - his home run numbers will catapult him into the Top 10 among fantasy first basemen.

Joey Gallo can hit home runs in bunches, but he also strikes out in bunches. His 41 home run total from 2017 is sometimes too good to pass up, but with other low offensive numbers, let someone else worry about him.

To say Miguel Cabrera fell off last season is a huge understatement. Could this be the beginning of the end of his elite status? Likely. Take a look at Albert Pujols.

Tier Four consists of your 25-30 home run first basemen with mediocre/league average OBP numbers. These players are mostly bench options or corner infield/utility starters. Eric Thames and Josh Bell are two of my favorites for the Corner Infield Spot.
ReggieReggie is a writer and the co-founder of Baseball Press. He enjoys fantasy baseball and hates when players bunt in baseball.