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.
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- 2013 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
- 2013 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings
- 2013 Fantasy Baseball Designated Hitter Rankings
- 2013 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings
- 2013 Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings