Let’s fire up the deep sleeping machine once again and turn our all knowing fantasy eye toward first base. First base may have plenty of quality to find through the first 100 picks – ESPN has 13 first baseman in the top-100 – but the position ain’t what it used to be (and that’s what she said).
Only six first baseman had more than 30 bombs last year, the fewest in over two decades. Is Andres Galarraga still playing? Those were the fantasy baseball golden years. Personally, I’d grab one early, say within the first three picks.
We are not talking about whether or not to draft Miguel Cabrera or Paul Goldschmidt here, we know what’s up there. We are looking towards players not ranked in the top 100 that can win you your league and all the cash, bragging rights and glory holes that go along with it.
With all that said, let’s go deep sleeping and find the best bargain first baseman for 2014 fantasy baseball.
Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics, ADP 10.3: Moss has everything I hate in a fantasy player: High strikeout rate, low average, terrible splits and a ginger beard. Then why do I love him so much? He’s the perfect bench stash to platoon against right-handers: .266 average with 26 homers, 71 RBI, a .906 OPS against righties and roster flexiblity. Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 67 R, 27 HR, 78 RBI, 4 SB, .255
Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals, ADP 9.75: Adams put together some healthy stats for only getting 300 AB’s last year. Big Country’s 17.4 HR/AB ratio ranked him 16th among all big league players (Hey, Goldy’s was 16.8%). 2014 should be a better year simply with the subtraction of Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig shipping to the outfield and Jon Jay the likely bench bat. If Adams has first base all to his lonesome he may hit 30 homers. Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 72 R, 26 HR, 83 RBI, 1 SB, .280 AV.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox, ADP 10.7: There’s a lot to be learned about the latest Cuban sensation since Daisy Fuentes. Abreu could be the next Yasiel Puig, he could be the next Jesus Valdivia. Who? Exactly. Only Homeland Security knows for sure. According to our friend in the feds, who we’ll call “Mox Fulder,” here’s what we know: Abreu is 27 (allegedly), bats right-handed (true), averaged 34 homers in 800 games in Cuba (math is fun) and loves tostones rellenos (deeeelicious). What we don’t know? Everything else. He may be some sort of MLB Manchurian candidate and Bud Selig is the Queen of Diamonds, but he’s worth a late pick and could finish in the top 10 first baseman this season. Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 70 R, 23 HR, 77 RBI, 2 SB, .260 AV
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