- 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Base
**2016 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: All C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF UTIL SP RP**## Fantasy Baseball Draft Advice: First Base

As usual, the first base position is deep, even more so this year than last. Your strategy at first base will largely depend on your draft strategy. Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Cabrera, and Joey Votto are all great early round picks. There are also, however, some great mid round picks. So if you are in an auction draft for instance, and want to load up on second and third tier talent, there are plenty of options at this position.

## 1. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

**2015 Stats:**AB**567**| R**103**| H**182**| 2B**38**| 3B**2**| HR**33**| RBI**110**| SB**21**| BB**118**| SO**151**| BA**.321**| OBP**.435**| SLG**.570**| OPS**1.005**| BAbip**.382**Hard to go wrong with this pick. His BAbip suggest a slight regression, but we wouldn’t worry about it. He’ll even get you 20 Stolen bases for good measure.## 2. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs

**2015 Stats:**AB**586**| R**94**| H**163**| 2B**38**| 3B**3**| HR**31**| RBI**101**| SB**17**| BB**78**| SO**105**| BA**.278**| OBP**.387**| SLG**.512**| OPS**.899**| BAbip**.289**That young Cubs lineup will be another year older next year. With that, we expect Rizzo to see a slight uptick in runs and RBI’s.## 3. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers

**2015 Stats:**AB**429**| R**64**| H**145**| 2B**28**| 3B**1**| HR**18**| RBI**76**| SB**1**| BB**77**| SO**82**| BA**.338**| OBP**.440**| SLG**.534**| OPS**.974**| BAbip**.384**Miguel Cabrera is on the decline, and still hits .338. A safe pick. You may even be able to get him for some value due to his “down season”…some.## 4. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

**2015 Stats:**AB**545**| R**95**| H**171**| 2B**33**| 3B**2**| HR**29**| RBI**80**| SB**11**| BB**143**| SO**135**| BA**.314**| OBP**.459**| SLG**.541**| OPS**1.000**| BAbip**.371**Nice to see Joey Votto back to his old self. If your league doesn’t weigh OBP or walks Votto may not be quite as high. Either way, he is still a great lineup centerpiece.## 5. Chris Davis – TBD

**2015 Stats:**AB**573**| R**100**| H**150**| 2B**31**| 3B**0**| HR**47**| RBI**117**| SB**2**| BB**84**| SO**208**| BA**.262**| OBP**.361**| SLG**.562**| OPS**.923**| BAbip**.319**Chris Davis will hurt you in strikeouts, and for that some may have him ranked lower. His power numbers, however, will help set your team apart, and his batting average should be average enough to justify drafting him this high.## 6. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays

**2015 Stats:**AB**528**| R**94**| H**146**| 2B**31**| 3B**3**| HR**39**| RBI**111**| SB**3**| BB**77**| SO**98**| BA**.277**| OBP**.372**| SLG**.557**| OPS**.929**| BAbip**.267**Edwin Encarnacion always seems to defy our expectations for him. He puts up numbers year after year. Sure the lineup and ballpark help, but he’s still a solid pick.## 7. Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers

**2015 Stats:**AB**613**| R**78**| H**187**| 2B**28**| 3B**0**| HR**23**| RBI**98**| SB**0**| BB**64**| SO**88**| BA**.305**| OBP**.378**| SLG**.463**| OPS**.841**| BAbip**.323**Many expected Prince Fielder to never be the same following his injury. Wow did he prove them wrong. Prince is a great mid round option at a deep position.## 8. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

**2015 Stats:**AB**613**| R**88**| H**178**| 2B**34**| 3B**3**| HR**30**| RBI**101**| SB**0**| BB**39**| SO**140**| BA**.290**| OBP**.347**| SLG**.502**| OPS**.850**| BAbip**.333**Jose Abreu has the potential to be at the top of the first base list, but with only two seasons under his belt we need to see more. He will likely be either very overrated or underrated in your draft.## 9. Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers

**2015 Stats:**AB**571**| R**76**| H**157**| 2B**33**| 3B**0**| HR**28**| RBI**90**| SB**0**| BB**62**| SO**107**| BA**.275**| OBP**.350**| SLG**.480**| OPS**.830**| BAbip**.294**Although another first baseman in the second half of his career, Adrian Gonzalez is a can’t miss pick. One of those most consistent picks out there.## 10. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves

**2015 Stats:**AB**416**| R**62**| H**115**| 2B**27**| 3B**0**| HR**18**| RBI**66**| SB**3**| BB**56**| SO**98**| BA**.276**| OBP**.370**| SLG**.471**| OPS**.841**| BAbip**.321**Freddie Freeman is this low for three reasons: 1) He had some health issues last year, 2) his power numbers are mediocre, and 3) the lineup around him stinks. Otherwise, he’s a great pick.## 11. Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels

**2015 Stats:**AB**602**| R**85**| H**147**| 2B**22**| 3B**0**| HR**40**| RBI**95**| SB**5**| BB**50**| SO**72**| BA**.244**| OBP**.307**| SLG**.480**| OPS**.787**| BAbip**.217**I know it’s a crime to put Pujols this low, but he’s really only this high because of his power and RBI opportunities. There is also some indication that he was extremely unlucky last year with a .217 BAbip.## 12. Lucas Duda – New York Mets

**2015 Stats:**AB**471**| R**67**| H**115**| 2B**33**| 3B**0**| HR**27**| RBI**73**| SB**0**| BB**66**| SO**138**| BA**.244**| OBP**.352**| SLG**.486**| OPS**.838**| BAbip**.285**Lucas Duda is the ultimate backup option. If you miss on anyone else at first base, you can always grab Duda late. Solid pick.## 13. Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals

**2015 Stats:**AB**599**| R**98**| H**178**| 2B**33**| 3B**5**| HR**18**| RBI**93**| SB**7**| BB**61**| SO**108**| BA**.297**| OBP**.363**| SLG**.459**| OPS**.822**| BAbip**.336**Eric Hosmer represents the depth at the first base position. He is a player that keeps getting better, and there is no reason to think he won’t continue to do so.## 14. Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees

**2015 Stats:**AB**392**| R**57**| H**100**| 2B**22**| 3B**0**| HR**31**| RBI**79**| SB**2**| BB**59**| SO**85**| BA**.255**| OBP**.357**| SLG**.548**| OPS**.906**| BAbip**.246**Just when you thought his career was coming to an end, Mark Teixeira hits 31 home runs. He should, however, see a slight decline in 2016, even with those inflated Yankees Stadium numbers. - Albert Pujols Will Miss 4 1/2 Months After Foot Surgery
The recurring thorn in

**Albert Pujols**‘s side. It’s continues to be difficult for Pujols to finish a season strong. As he is also already a slow starter, it will be important for Pujols to at least see some of spring training before starting the season. He also isn’t called The Machine for nothing. Expect Pujols to tough this out like he always does.Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will miss the next four and a half months after having surgery last week on his right foot.

Albert Pujols underwent a surgical procedure on his foot last week. He is expected to resume full baseball activities in 4 1/2 months.

— Angels (@Angels) November 9, 2015

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