When sizing up the first base position in fantasy baseball for 2018, the options seem somewhat like the cast for the next Avengers movie due to hit theaters in late April. There’s power, sneaky speed and batting average among a mix of young up-and-coming players and established veterans.
For example, guys like Cody Bellinger and Rhys Hoskins are now firmly in the top 10 after impressive debuts. Can Bellinger match or surpass his whopping 39 home runs in 2017? At 22, the likelihood for regression is certainly here. Batting average and RBIs seem the most likely categories to take a hit, but make no mistake – the power is very real and should remain.
Hoskins also showed his talent with 18 home runs in just 150 at-bats, along with 48 RBIs and a solid average of .259. Ideally he will have more support around him in the Phillies’ re-tooled lineup and can improve on these numbers with a full season’s worth of games.
Other than the youngsters the stable of studs remains intact with Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Joey Votto, Freddie Freeman and Bellinger in the top 5. All will hit for average, drive in runs and of course provide power.
There also is depth at first this year so if you miss out on one of the elite guys it doesn’t mean you don’t have any options. Not-traditional first base-eligible players like Ian Desmond and Matt Carpenter can’t be expected to compete with the top dogs, but they are serviceable and reliable.
Either way I hope these rankings help you build your tiers and with your draft prep for the 2018 season. These will change as spring training progresses and teams adjust their rosters.
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.