FANTASY BASEBALL 2020 1B RANKINGS
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The 1B Position, a position that might as well be called ‘Thunder Stick.’ If you do not have a Thunder Stick at 1B, then you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position. If you are short of 30 HRs/100 RBIs from your 1B, you are in an uphill battle. With that being said, there are so many 1B that can hit that you do not want to reach for the wrong guy. So with that, let us review the 1B Position.
What is there to say about Bellinger that we do not know already. With Mookie Betts joining the squad, those automatic RBIs just became more automatic. Definitely a candidate for MVP this season.
The power is definitely there. Alonso led the Majors in Homers last year, and as a Rookie who is to say he will not do it another 10 times. He comes at a premium price, but that bat can hit.
Freeman drills balls all-around the new park the Braves built around him. He can pull the ball to right field all day in the small ballpark.
Slow start for Pauly in his new ballpark last year, but the results are still there. The Cardinals are always destined for big things and Goldschmidt will be in the heart of the order making it happen. You will get BEAST numbers.
Seems like Rizzo’s best days are behind him, still has great talent left but those potential 50 HRs we always believed in are probably not going to happen at this point. At the right price, he is worth the risk of putting up strong numbers.
Muncy will qualify at 2B, he will qualify at 3B. Muncy also has HUGE pop and that Dodgers lineup is stacked. Muncy is a crowd favorite and is a candidate to have a big game no matter what this season.
All the Phillies seemed to be off last year, Hoskins swings the type of bat that should hit 40 HRs in a season. He had his moments and the team is built around him knocking in those RBIs. Great guy to target.
Abreu hits hard line drives and the White Sox are built to score a ton of runs this season. Abreu will be in the heart of the order driving in runs and is the type of guy who can all of a sudden be the next Miguel Cabrera and hit 120+ RBIs year after year.
Edwin fractured his wrist last season, missed a month of the season. Came back and hit 4 HRs in the next 8 games. Edwin is built to hit baseballs, he is on a stacked White Sox squad and will certainly keep whacking the ball.
Voit has a lot of pop and that Yankee ballpark is very small. For the right price you can get yourself an easy 30 HRs/100 RBIs. He is built like a tank, and the Yankees ballpark is built like a sandbox. 40 HRs is not impossible.
DJ is better suited as a 2B in Fantasy than 1B, but here is where he would rank. The power is great for a 2B option, for 1B you are losing too much pop in a position you can get it easy.
Sano can lead the Majors in Home Runs, but he can also bat around .200. When he is cold, you bench him, when he is hot, you start him. He will only get better and 40+ HRs is definitely possible even if he has rough patches of the season. Good value at the right price.
The big swinging lefty has a natural HR swing. Maybe the best swing out of any lefty in baseball. Matt will rip in the RBIs and the HRs will come with ease. Next superstar who has yet to blossom for an entire season, this is his opportunity to do it.
Last year amazing superstar, this year the Pirates are really bad after losing Marte. Bell needs those RBI opportunities to be great, still a great hitter. Do not let him slip too far.
Santana has always been up and down in his career, last year he was a stud, this year he is in a similar position. Likely worth the risk, however there is a chance he falls closer to 27 HRs than 33 HRs, which puts you a little behind pace. Not a superstar, but a solid player.
If Mancini is going to have a good year, it will have to be a ton of HRs. The RBI total is guaranteed to be low with such a horrible team surrounding him. Mancini definitely has star pop, but solo HRs are going to carry his RBI total unfortunately.
A fresh start with zero pressure is exactly what Jesus Aguilar needs. Going to the Marlins who have some decent guys like Jonathan Villar to get on base for Jesus will give him a ton of RBI opportunities. Aguilar definitely has Tower Power, he showed that off in the HR derby in 2018. The Marlins are also bringing the wall in. Aguilar is not a HR or nothing type of guy, last year was too much micromanaging on a stacked Brewers team that threw him off his game. 100+ RBIs and 30+ HRs with a solid batting average is in the cards.
Murphy can hit .300+ with a stacked Rockies lineup. The power will likely be under 25 HRs, but the RBI total can easily exceed 100. For a small price you can get great value.
Walker is showing that he can be a 30 HR guy no problem at all. The D-Backs got rid of Goldschmidt to make this guy their next star and he is showing that he has a ton of potential. Great late guy to grab who can easily be your best hitter at times through the season.
Hosmer is as solid as they come at 1B. He will not be MVP but he will put up solid numbers you can count on. Padres should be a strong team this season and Hosmer will be driving in runs nearly every night. 30 HRs would be great, but you should expect closer to 20-25.
Dozier showed a lot of pop and can easily be a guy who exceeds 30 HRs, but what makes him special is his potential on a stacked Royals squad. Salvador Perez is back and the team is built with speed. Dozier can be a sleeper 100 RBIs no problem.
Going to Toronto gives Shaw some new hope. No 2B eligibility is not ideal, but those AL East Ball Parks is what made Travis Shaw, Travis Shaw. He was a star with the Red Sox and Blue Jays are happy to give him a shot. Everyday PT should be there, and the Jays are the team of the future with Shaw having a chance to drive in a ton of runs.
Vogel-BEAST can smash the ball with the best of them. Vogel might not qualify at 1B in your league, but if he does you can get yourself a solid 30 HR/80 RBI potential. Vogel-BEAST will have some big nights and should be a great value on draft day in deep leagues.
There are times he plays like an MVP and seems to be impossible to sit down. Hopefully he plays against lefties with a new team in the Angels. There is no doubt there are open spots for him at either RF/DH and maybe even overtaking Albert Pujols for a few starts at 1B. Joc should get a lot of opportunities.
Thames has great pop, but the Nationals plan on platooning him with Ryan Zimmerman. Thames will still be a nice player when the Nationals Face 4 Righties in a Week, and he will always pinch-hit if he does not start. Why should you take Thames? If he was playing every day he could hit 35+ HRs with ease.
Votto is turning into Mark Grace, little power, solid average, solid RBIs, good runs total. Not a sexy name but you could make get one more season from him.
The glory days may be gone, but this Angels squad is actually built to hit. Pujols can find himself with a 20+ HR/90+ RBI season, but his best days are definitely gone. Makes for a fun Daily Fantasy Play when the matchup is right.
The Mariners got rid of Edwin last season to make room for Evan White. The future is supposed to be bright, but there are plenty of more proven players to take in front of him. We will see this Spring.
The Brewers are going to throw off Smoak’s timing making him less valuable than he could be.
Fuck the Astros. Every batter is going to be brushed back, and with no more stealing pitches are these players even that great? We will see, going to be a tough year for the Franchise.
Ballpark is too big from Cron, 25 HRs would be amazing.
The good days are gone, he should have never gone to Detroit where that ballpark was too big for his swing. A little ballpark and Miguel would be in discussion for GOAT this past decade.
Belt will never be a BEAST playing in that ballpark. Too big for his swing.
Choi is a solid player, but there are proven studs you can grab.
Great potential, but will always be platooning with someone. Rangers are very deep, Gallo will play 1B as well. First he has to have a good spring to get his job.
Feels like Moreland has been playing since the 90s, he will platoon with Chavis a lot.
There are other players that are good prospects, but these are the names of the guys that are going to win it for you now. Prospects coming later this Spring Training.