2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 10 First Basemen

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2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 10 First Basemen
First base is arguably the deepest fantasy position heading into the 2013 campaign

It is arguable that first base is the deepest position in fantasy baseball headed into the 2013 regular season.

While there may be more quality outfielders from a numerical standpoint, most leagues have three-to-five outfield slots that need to be filled in an auction or draft, whereas there is only one slot for first basemen, and another slot for corner infielders (which can be filled by either first or third basemen).

Last year, a dozen first basemen hit 25+ home runs, seven knocked in 100+ runs and five hit .285 or better. Several others just missed these benchmarks. And there are a bevy of young players who hold great promise for the future at the position.

There are at least fifteen players who would serve as a solid 'starter' on your fantasy team, and that does not include Buster Posey, Carlos Santana and Joe Mauer, all of whom hold considerably more value as a catcher than as a first basemen, and were therefore included in my fantasy catcher rankings. Nor does it include Mike Napoli, who also qualifies at catcher and was included at the back end of that same catcher list.

For those reasons, it seems logical to approach your fantasy draft by targeting positions that are not as deep in terms of quantity of quality players, specifically middle infielders and outfielders.

In most drafts, solid contributors like Paul Konerko are still available in the seventh round, and guys like Ike Davis can still be found in the eleventh round. It would be prudent to load up on top outfielders and middle infielders in the early rounds, and then solidify your first baseman with guys like Konerko, Ike Davis, Eric Hosmer, et al in the seventh through eleventh rounds.

(Related articles: Top 10 Catchers)

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