Positional thoughts for the upcoming season, giving the lows and highs of players to watch heading into your fantasy baseball drafts.
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.
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
will look to build on his Rookie of the Year season - hoping to land 50 home runs (okay, perhaps 40 HR is more reasonable).
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.
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.