Fantasy Baseball 2012 Strategy and Advice: Breaking Down in Tiers – First Base

When organizing each position into tiers, it enables owners to see which players should produce relatively the same statistics, and easily spot under/overvalued players in each tier.  Just having tiers is a simple solution for finding bargains in every draft. You can find a breakdown of each position that we have covered here.

But just to refresh, let’s define the tiers that we will classify each position by:

  • Elite: These players can be the foundation for your fantasy team and are the best players at their positions.
  • Valuable: Cannot go wrong with this group. These solid players, who will produce for your team, are dependable and can help win a fantasy title for you.
  • Solid: These players will put up numbers and can even lead in certain categories. However, inconsistency and poor performance in other categories will hurt your fantasy team at times.
  • At Your Own Risk: Limited production at this level, this group either struggles to get at bats on a regular basis or are the least producing players at their position. Proceed with caution and do your research. This group also includes younger players with potential.

Here is the breakdown of the 1B position for both NL and AL Leagues.

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Miguel Cabrera falls into the elite category. (Photo by Cbl62 via Wikimedia Commons)

1B: Elite

  • Miguel Cabrera
  • Albert Pujols
  • Joey Votto
  • Prince Fielder
  • Adrian Gonzalez

Power and RBIs with all five of these stars, who will anchor any fantasy team. I would like to see Carbera hit more HR but his batting average helps immensely, as does his switch to 3B for position flexibility. Pujols is rock solid and will even help with steals, with an average of 10 per year the past two seasons.

Votto seems to be getting better each year and can also add in the steals column with 8 SB last year. Fielder has the most power in this elite group and should hit 40 HR again with his new team in Detroit. Gonzalez .338 average may be tough for him to reach again.

Best Bet: Miguel Cabrera

1B: Valuable

  • Mark Teixeira
  • Paul Konerko
  • Eric Hosmer
  • Michael Morse
  • Lance Berkman
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Carlos Lee

Not quite elite but these players will produce power numbers for your team and will be productive throughout the season. Texeira, Konerko, and Berkman are veteran players with consistent numbers each season. How much will Berkman miss Albert Pujols? Morse and Freeman are younger options with upside potential. Lee’s 94 RBIs in 2011 are being overlooked by some.

Best Bet: Eric Hosmer

1B: Solid

  • Carlos Pena
  • Gaby Sanchez
  • *Ryan Howard
  • Ike Davis
  • Adam Dunn
  • Adam Lind
  • Lucas Duda
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • *Kendrys Morales
  • *Mark Trumbo

Home run potential for this group but questions abound. Injuries, playing time, and inconsistent play plague this group. Players here are capable of putting up numbers but they are better served as your corner pick vs. a starting nod at 1B.

Best Bet: Paul Goldschmidt

1B: At Your Own Risk

  • Aubrey Huff
  • James Loney
  • Justin Morneau
  • Justin Smoak
  • Mitch Moreland
  • Todd Helton
  • Adam LaRoche
  • Brandon Belt
  • Jesus Guzman
  • Conor Jackson
  • Matt LaPorta
  • Daric Barton
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Brad Hawpe
  • Bryan Lahair
  • Mike Carp
  • Brett Wallace
  • Brandon Allen
  • Casey Kotchman
  • Cris Carter
  • Nick Evans
  • Lyle Overbay
  • Jason Giambi
  • Russell Branyan
  • Brett Pill
  • Jeff Baker
  • Jorge Cantu

Veterans may surprise from this group and have another year or two of production at their position. Yet again, they may also get worse. Tough to sort through but players such as Lee and Moreland can still provide moderate power numbers. Morneau is possibly the riskiest pick here. Be sure to monitor his spring training camp hitting and health.

Best Bet: Brandon Belt



About Jim McGrew

A lifelong Chicago sports fan, Jim enjoys playing, writing about and watching sports. He can be reached at jpmsport@yahoo.com or on twitter at @MySports1.
Jim lives in the Chicago area and is married with 2 children.

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