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AL-Only First Base Rankings for 2020 Fantasy Baseball

Ah, first base, home of some of the biggest bats in baseball… Oh, who are we kidding?! That’s just sentimental reminiscing of days gone by. The first base position, especially in the American League is as thin as I’ve ever seen it, and there’s really nothing I’d call an elite bat in the group. You can still find some power in my AL-Only first base rankings, but the question marks greatly outnumber the sure things.

Not only does the position lack elite bats but there are multiple teams who have not even decided on a starter. Some teams are using first base a place to platoon limited hitters with extreme platoon splits.

Sorry for all the doom and gloom. I just thought the pain would go away once we got past the catcher position. Read on to see my 2020 AL-Only First Base Rankings and we’ll try and figure out how to handle this position in upcoming drafts.

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Tiers of Pain

In the rankings further down the page I’ve got the players broken down into tiers. I have to be honest. They’re not as cut and dried as I’d like and every time I look at the tiers and projections I want (and need) to change something. It looks like DJ LeMahieu will be leading off for the Yankees. Are those 82 RBI too much? Do I need to bump up the stats of C.J. Cron? (I probably do). It looks like he will probably get a chance to post a career-high number of at-bats this season. Yeah, I guess you could say these rankings are a constant work in progress. But shouldn’t they always be?

While I like Matt Olson and Jose Abreu plenty, I’m not sure they’re worth the price they may cost in AL-Only leagues. Instead, I think I’ll target a bat like LeMahieu or Yuli Gurriel, who will give me a bit of power but won’t hurt my batting average. Maybe Yandy Diax gets enough at-bats to approach those two. Everybody’s talking about the lack of stolen bases in fantasy baseball, and there’s no denying that. But it also seems like people are a lot more accepting of low-average power hitters. Maybe grabbing a potential .300 hitter at first base is a way to combat that and exploit the batting average standings a bit.

2020 AL-Only First Base Rankings

I’ve used traditional positional eligibility of 20 games played in 2019 for these NL-Only First Base Rankings. If a player did not play 20 games at any single position they are eligible at the position they appeared at the most.

11Matt Olson.25991441091
21Jose Abreu.28287331052
32Trey Mancini.2769832921
42DJ LeMahieu.29710621965
52Yuli Gurriel.2958123884
63Yasmani Grandal.2516828732
73Carlos Santana.2659329892
83Edwin Encarnacion.2517437910
93Luke Voit.2587428770
104Renato Nunez.2477024801
114Michael Chavis.2566727763
124Danny Santana.23467196117
134Yandy Diaz.2796217573
144Daniel Vogelbach.2246627760
154C.J. Cron.2614824621
165Evan White.2557119643
175Marwin Gonzalez.2596518671
185Miguel Cabrera.2725113620
195Jeimer Candelario.2275613543
205Albert Pujols.2453915581
216Ji-Man Choi.2534114461
226Mitch Moreland.2473914461
236Rowdy Tellez.2443915421
247Jake Bauers.2405013464
257Austin Nola.2484112391
267Ryan O'Hearn.2313916420
277Nathaniel Lowe.2583311320
288Mike Ford.263249250
298Chris Davis.1972912350
308Greg Bird.2192511270
308Ronald Guzman.230227241

Got a beef with Doug’s AL-Only First Base rankings? Let him hear about it in the comments below.

More Fantasy Baseball Rankings

  • AL-Only Rankings: | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP |
  • NL-Only Rankings: | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP |
  • Mixed League Rankings: | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP |
  • Mike Kurland’s Ranks, Tiers, and profiles: | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP |

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1 Comment
  1. Eddie says

    No Evan White?

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