We are rolling out our 2022 fantasy baseball rankings this week, and there's no better place to start than first base.
My first base (1B) rankings look a lot like many other experts' for the position. Expect my top two options, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Freddie Freeman, to go in the first round of your draft. Don't be surprised if the top five all go in the first 25 picks. Much of it will be a question of how much your league mates value position scarcity.
Because first base, as usual, is loaded. Because, yes, I like J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal a lot... at catcher. Both are easily top-five catchers. But at first base, I want a lot more. Likewise, I like DJ LeMaheiu a lot, but I like him a lot more as my 2B than my 1B.
And Spencer Torkelson's floor is pretty low. But the fact that most projections have him 20-plus HRs with an OPS over .800 shows you how deep the position is.
One of the players I seem to like more than the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) is Frank Schwindel. I think he's a great bet to hit two dozen dingers. However, my rankings might be a little more recently created than some experts. Schwindel's ADP is currently beyond 200, but I would not expect him to last much beyond the 16th round as we get closer to Opening Day.
In the meantime, check out the rest of my 1B rankings below for yourself. Let me know your thoughts!
2022 Fantasy Baseball: First Base Rankings
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.