Every player on this list of fantasy baseball first basemen is going to be drafted. You might even need a few more.
First base has always been a good source for power and run production and 2011 is no different. I want one player from the top seven. You should, too.
ADP Top 20 first basemen rankings
Recent ADP in parentheses
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals (1.14): Until proven otherwise, Pujols is the best hitter in the game.
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (3.24): Let’s get this out of the way: Scotch. Cabrera will have a tagalong during Spring Training and he’s entered into a program. This incident might scare enough people away for you to get a bargain pick at No. 5 or 6. He’s an immense talent.
3. Joey Votto, Reds (6.71): His batting eye improved considerably last year, but he was a little lucky. Don’t expect the average to rise, too much.
4. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox (8.73): Changing cities is good for some players and bad for others. Let’s see how he reacts.
5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees (14.59): A steal at 15 overall. I’d own him over Gonzalez.
6. Ryan Howard, Phillies (16.56): Legit 50-homer power.
7. Prince Fielder, Brewers (21.63): He’s a roller coaster ride of a player. Pay the reduced price of admission this year.
8. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox (28.70): Mr. Consistency, but he missed games in each of the last two years and will be 32 in 2011.
9. Adam Dunn, White Sox (48.39): Averages 97 runs, 40 homers and 98 RBIs per season in his 10-year career.
10. Justin Morneau, Twins (48.61): No setbacks in his recovery from a concussion. I say “bounce,” you say “back.” Bounce…
11. Kendry Morales, Angles (57.35): He could hit 25-30 homers. Which also means he has 25-30 chances to injure himself at home plate.
12. Paul Konerko, White Sox (70.78): He’ll regress from 2010 so don’t overpay, but the only other player on this list who could belt 30 HRs is Pena, but Konerko is easier on the batting average.
13. Billy Butler, Royals (83.91): People are still overpaying for a .305 hitter who will not hit 20 homers.
14. Aubrey Huff, Giants (111.96): Many World Series champs get career performances out of average players.
15. Adam LaRoche, Nationals (184.76): This is a good value. He should produce better than Huff and is available seven rounds later.
16. Carlos Pena, Cubs, (222.16): I am Carlos’ missing contact rate.
17. Gaby Sanchez, Marlins (236.18): He’ll be 27 this season. Bench 1B with upside.
18. Ike Davis, Mets (262.38): Another bench 1B with upside.
19. Derek Lee, Orioles (316.98): Could easily see him with 80/20/80/.280 by the end of the season. That’s not a bad haul for a 1B in the last round of your draft. That ADP won’t stick through the spring.
20. James Loney, Dodgers (323.41): If 70/10/80/10/.270 excites you, have at it. Me? I’m not excited about 10/10. I’m looking at the 25-homer upsiders in the list below.
Other first basemen of note: Matt LaPorta, Indians; Mitch Moreland, Rangers; Justin Smoak, Mariners; Freddie Freeman, Braves; Brandon Belt, Giants; Daric Barton, Athletics.