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2013 Fantasy Baseball NL Central First Basemen

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo is the most exciting Rizzo since the Jerky Boys Frank Rizzo was making prank phone calls back in the 1990’s. Weren’t prank phone calls great before caller ID and cell phones ruined it all. While Anthony won’t be making any prank calls, he will be hammering the ball all over Wrigley Field. Look for 81 runs, 30 HR, 93 RBI, 5 SB and a .280 AVG. Yeah, and the San Diego Padres gave up on this guy after 49 games at the major league level.

Injuries limited the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto to 111 games in 2012, and saw his power evaporate. Votto only hit 14 HR last season due to tearing cartilage in his left knee which required surgery. Expect a big bounce back year from the former NL MVP, and expect 94 runs, 28 HR, 95 RBI, 6 SB and a .302 AVG.

Now that the St. Louis Cardinals Allen Craig has the first base job all to himself, he will be one of fantasy baseball’s most sought after options at first. In many leagues, Craig will also have outfield eligibility, so make sure to check your leagues minimum games started as it is always an added bonus to have flexibility on your roster. Look for Craig to put up 80 runs, 24 HR, 88 RBI, 3 SB and a .301 AVG.

How can a team have a 20 year consecutive losing season streak, and their best option at first base be Garrett Jones? That means that not only have the Pittsburgh Pirates been losing on the field for 20 years, they are also losing at the draft and developing any quality players at first base. Look for Jones to put up 61 runs, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 3 SB and a .255 AVG.

The Milwaukee Brewers head into the 2013 season with Corey Hart as their first baseman, no wait, he’s hurt, so Mat Gamel will play first, no wait, he’s hurt, so seriously the Brewers are trying out Alex Gonzalez at first. The same Alex Gonzalez who you wouldn’t even draft as your shortstop, let alone at a power position at first. Expect the Brewers to end up giving one of their many options in the minors a shot at winning the position, but who it is, is anyone’s guess.

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