2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball Additional First Base Options

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a RBI single in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball first basemen for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your first base slot to address shallower positions first. Alternatively, many leagues offer corner infield slots, which put these options on your radar.

Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants

Belt posted a decent .275-47-7-56-12 line in 411 at bats last year. He’ll turn 25 in April and this could be the year he puts it together. I really like his stolen base production last year. He’s better used as a corner infielder than a low-end fantasy first baseman.

Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals

Craig is worthy of being a starting fantasy first baseman. Last year he posted a terrific .307-76-22-92-2 line. You may want to add a solid backup because he does have a tendency to get hurt.

Ike Davis, New York Mets

Davis had a terrible average last year (.227). He’s a better hitter than that. He did smack 32 home runs. He should improve his average and still provide some pop.

Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

Hosmer regressed in his second season, going from a .293-66-19-78-11 line to a .232-65-14-60-16 line in his sophomore year. I like his stolen base potential at his position, and I think he will improve in the other four 5×5 categories.

Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

Despite injury and general decline, Howard could be a decent value pick. You’ll have to live with the average, but the power numbers should be there.

Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

Konerko will turn 37 next month, but he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He’s a strong bet for 20-25 home runs while driving in a fair share of RBI and posting a solid batting average.

Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals

LaRoche is far from a sexy pick, yet he will continue to hit 25 home runs and drive in around 90 runs without being a batting average liability.

Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners

Morales will serve as the designated hitter for the Mariners, but he has first base eligibility in most leagues. He should be even healthier in 2013 and able to build on his .273-61-22-73-0 line as he is almost certain to have more than the 484 at bats he had last year.

Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

I don’t think he’ll ever be the same player he once was, but he’s worth a gamble late in drafts.

Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

Napoli has plenty of power and landed in a good spot. He has a 1.107 career OPS in Fenway. He should be highly productive in the Sox lineup.

Also check out: