Fantasy Baseball 2014: Ranking the Top 25 First Basemen

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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Ranking the Top 25 First Basemen
Associated Press
He didn't notch as many homers or RBI as Chris Davis last year, but Paul Goldschmidt is 2014's top fantasy first baseman.

With the top 150 fantasy baseball players all ordered and ranked on the inaugural Big Board, it's time to get into the individual position rankings.

After providing some sequencing to the catchers last time out, next up is first base, which is extremely top-heavy. There are a half-dozen studs that will require a first- or second-round pick, including Paul Goldschmidt (pictured), Chris Davis and Prince Fielder.

Beyond those names, owners can choose from youngsters who may have yet to reach their full potential (like Freddie Freeman and Eric Hosmer) or more stable vets (like Adrian Gonzalez). And while the position isn't quite as stacked as it once was, there are a few mid-rounders who could emerge as stars.

This is also where players eligible only at designated hitter (or the utility spot for fantasy) are included in the rankings.

Let's run down the top 25 overall fantasy first basemen and a few others you should watch. 


These rankings consider three factors:

First, everything is based on 10- or 12-team mixed leagues with standard five-by-five rotisserie scoring (BA, R, HR, RBI, SB for hitters; W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV for pitchers).

Second, lineup construction accounts for 22 active roster positions consisting of: one each for catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, corner infield, middle infield and utility, along with five outfielders and nine pitchers.

And third, to be eligible at a particular position, players either must have played at least 20 games there in 2013 or be in line to start there in 2014. Additionally, players are listed in the rankings at the position where their fantasy utility would be most useful.

Statistics come from Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.

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