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March 18, 2014

Top 20 first baseman for 2014: Pay the gold price for a 1B in 2014

Unless you’re playing in a dynasty league and your digging for prospects, it’s best to not skimp when it comes time to roster a first baseman.

Not everyone is going to have an opportunity to nab Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt, but everyone will have a chance at a top 10 1B.

I’d recommend getting one of the top eight then adding another 1B from this list as your corner infielder or flex.

Let’s get to the list:


1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: These first two guys are slam dunks. I talked about Cabrera and Goldschmidt in the Top 10 Hitters for 2014. …

2. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: … If you need some extra words: Cabrera is a 3B until he breaches 1B eligibility, so in most leagues you won’t be able to start him at 1B for a few weeks, making Goldschmidt the preseason No. 1.

3. Prince Fielder, Tigers: Fielder was among the players I considered to top off the overall top 10. Over the course of his career, Fielder has posted seasons with 109 runs, 50 homers, 141 RBIs and a .313 average. Those are probably all career highs, but he’s only 29 and the Tigers are stacked.

4. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: The Blue Jays are pretty loaded on offense and Encarnacion’s 3-year averages are just too enticing. Even factoring in a 17-homer season, his 3-year numbers say he’s in for 30 dingers. He should also flirt with 95 runs and 110 RBIs and could approach 10 steals. Encarnacion is the last 1B that I really don’t have concerns about.

6. Chris Davis, Orioles: One fantasy rule of thumb is to never pay for a career year, and Davis 2013 performance certainly applies. However, we’re back to the dark ages when 50-homer seasons don’t grow on trees. Don’t expect another 50, but he’s a virtual lock for 40. The .286 average might be sustainable, and that Orioles lineup could help him come close to repeating his run production numbers too.

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