Fantasy Baseball 2012: Positional Draft Tiers—First Base

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterMarch 22, 2012

Fantasy owners can expect Freddie Freeman to make sizable jumps in runs, homers, RBIs this season.
Fantasy owners can expect Freddie Freeman to make sizable jumps in runs, homers, RBIs this season.Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Here's a look at the four tiers of first base prospects in 12-team mixed roto leagues. The general rule of thumb: Make every effort to grab a Tier I talent in the first two rounds (Mark Teixeira might slip to Round 3); and if that falls through, grab two, three or four players from Tiers II and III to make up the difference.

Tier 1

  • Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (eye-injury setback hasn't bumped Miggy from No. 1)
  • Albert Pujols, Angels (the No. 2 overall pick in mixed and AL-only leagues)
  • Joey Votto, Reds (No. 1 option in NL-only leagues)
  • Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
  • Prince Fielder, Tigers
  • Mark Teixeira, Yankees

 

Tier 2

  • Eric Hosmer, Royals (could graduate from this tier by May -- he's that good)
  • Paul Konerko, White Sox
  • Lance Berkman, Cardinals
  • Carlos Santana, Indians
  • Freddie Freeman, Braves (consider last year's 21 HRs/76 RBIs a baseline measure)
  • Mark Trumbo, Angels (should gain 3B/OF eligibility by May 10)
  • Mike Napoli, Rangers
  • Michael Morse, Nationals (here's hoping 30 HRs/.300 BA is the new normal)
  • Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox (should regain his four-category form in 2012)

 

Tier 3

  • Ryan Howard, Phillies (could be Tier II performer from July-September)
  • Ike Davis, Mets (a potential OPS machine for rebuilding club)
  • Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
  • Gaby Sanchez, Marlins
  • Kendrys Morales, Angels
  • Mark Reynolds, Orioles
  • Adam Lind, Blue Jays
  • Brandon Belt, Giants (expect a big jump in Year 2 production)
  • Carlos Pena, Rays
  • Carlos Lee, Astros
  • Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
  • Mitch Moreland, Rangers
  • Justin Morneau, Twins (a reputation pick -- fingers crossed on his health)
  • Mike Carp, Mariners
  • Adam Dunn, White Sox (a leap of faith he won't be historically awful in 2012)

 

Tier 4

  • Lucas Duda, Mets
  • Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
  • Justin Smoak, Mariners
  • Todd Helton, Rockies
  • James Loney, Dodgers
  • Daniel Murphy, Mets
  • Aubrey Huff, Giants
  • Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
  • Yonder Alonso, Padres (will be a four-category factor sooner than later)
  • Juan Rivera, Dodgers
  • Chris Davis, Orioles (a late-round gem with 26-HR potential)
  • Casey Kotchman, Indians
  • Matt LaPorta, Indians
  • Casey McGehee, Pirates
  • Brett Wallace, Astros
  • Lyle Overbay, Diamondbacks
  • John Mayberry Jr., Phillies
  • Jesus Guzman, Padres
  • Daric Barton, Athletics
  • Chris Carter, Athletics
  • Brandon Allen, Athletics

 

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