Top Fantasy First Basemen for 2013
Top 15 First Basemen
First base isn't the most glorious of positions in major league baseball, but it sometimes happens that the work that goes unnoticed is the toughest grind of all.
First basemen are sometimes the most offensively gifted of all baseball players. In fact, almost every player on the list of top first basemen are power hitters.
Getting hits, home runs and driving in runs are all great ways to earn some extra fantasy points and boost draft stock. First basemen are usually the position player you may want in order to bolster those stat categories.
There are a few first basemen that have made the position change from catcher to first base in order to prolong their careers. Guys like San Francisco's Buster Posey and Minnesota's Joe Mauer are former catchers that have suffered some sort of injury that has forced them to move into a lower contact position in order to keep them healthy.
Many of the guys on this list consist of players that are third or fourth in the lineup and produce monster-type numbers.
Here are the top 15 first basemen in the 2013 fantasy class.
15. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Allen Craig was one of surprising players in 2012. He filled in adequately for the departed Albert Pujols and looks to be the future at the position.
14. Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart would be a solid early selection if it wasn't for his injury that could set him out until May. He is an adequate power hitter that, in the same lineup as Ryan Braun, could be a nightmare for any team.
13. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Ryan Howard hasn't been healthy in what seems like forever. Although his numbers weren't in any way impressive last season, but he was also recovering from a torn Achilles. He could make a big comeback in 2013.
12. Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Paul Konerko had almost a youthful resurgence in 2012, putting up solid numbers that he would have put up early in his career. He was the leader of the Chicago White Sox and continues to be just that.
11. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
In his first three seasons in the league, Freddie Freeman has proved to be one of the best first basemen in the National League. He is a powerful hitter with solid defensive skills.
10. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo may be on the worst team in baseball, but the Chicago Cubs' first basemen is one of few bright spots in the lineup. He has a wealth of potential and could lead the Cubs out of the cellar in the years to come.
9. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
After an MVP-type season in 2011, Mark Teixeira disappointed a bit in 2012. He hit below his career average and his power numbers were not quite the same as he's used to. A risk of a pick, but could pay off.
8. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Joe Mauer is the kind of guy that could win a batting title in any season, but the former catcher has had health issues. After a powerful 2011 season, many thought his power number would continue to rise, but that wasn't the case.
7. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion took after his teammate Jose Bautista with an increase in power numbers in 2012. He hit over 40 home runs and 110 RBI. Oh, and he can run a little bit, too.
6. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Many teams hate to see Billy Butler come up to the plate. The Kansas City Royals' first basemen is one of the top young hitters in baseball at any position.
5. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez was the splash-landing for the Boston Red Sox in 2011, but after a season of turmoil in Boston, he was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He would be a solid No. 3 hitter on any team.
4. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Buster Posey has something that not many first basemen on this list have: a World Series ring. Actually, he has two, and deservedly so. He was a catcher, but after a gruesome injury he has made the switch to first base. This hasn't affected his offensive production at all.
3. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
The newest Detroit Tiger in 2012 was overshadowed by the Triple Crown season from Miguel Cabrera. Prince Fielder had a great season last year and will be a top pick for any fantasy owner looking for a first basemen in this year's draft.
2. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angeles
Albert Pujols will be one of the greatest players to ever pick up a baseball bat before it's all said and done, but he's far from that point. He showed in 2012 that he is full of talent still and could put up monster numbers even after the slowest of starts.
1. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
In my opinion, Joey Votto is the best first basemen in the league . He suffered a bit of a power outage in 2012, but wasn't healthy throughout the year. Expect big things in 2013.