Here's the first look at the 2014 Lester's Legends' first base rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues. I’m not including the likes of Carlos Santana or Joe Mauer because you're likely using them in your catcher slot.
1. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis has been a power prospect since 2008, when he hit 17 home runs in 295 at-bats for the Texas Rangers. After some struggles, he figured things out in 2012, posting a .270-75-33-85-2 line for the Baltimore Orioles. Last year, he exploded to the tune of .286-103-53-138-4.
2. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
Prince Fielder is another impressive power source. His move to Texas should only improve his numbers. Over the past eight seasons, Fielder has averaged 35.4 home runs and 107.5 RBI. Plus, as a .286 lifetime hitter, he doesn’t drag down your batting average.
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Sure, Edwin Encarnacion regressed from his monster .280-93-42-110-13 line in 2012, but his 2013 line of .272-90-36-104-7 is nothing to sneeze at. Encarnacion should continue to mash.
4. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Think the Angels are having buyer’s remorse? Albert Pujols was limited to 99 games and posted a .258-49-17-64-1 line last year. His foot is healthy and he should get back on track. Fantasy owners should be able to get him at a discount.
5. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Eric Hosmer put up a .302-86-17-79-11 line last year, proving that his .232 2012 batting average was a fluke. He doesn’t provide great power numbers, but he has stolen double-digit bases in each of his three years in the league.
6. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Mike Napoli hit .259, but scored 79 runs with 23 home runs and 92 RBI last season. He gives you power, but you’ll have to deal with a lot of strikeouts and a low batting average.
7. Jose Daniel Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Jose Daniel Abreu is an unknown commodity after defecting from Cuba, where he hit .316 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in 83 games. He’s a little risky, but has plenty of potential.
8. Brandon Moss, Oakland A’s
Brandon Moss hit .256 last year, but scored 73 runs with 30 home runs and 87 RBI. He had 21 home runs in 2012, so the power is for real.
9. Chris Carter, Houston Astros
You’ll have to live with his .223 average, but Carter slugged 29 home runs with 82 RBI in 2013.
10. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
Mark Teixeira had a lost season, only playing 15 games. He hit .151 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He is coming off wrist surgery, so he’s a bit of a risk. Teixeira has a long track record, though, so he’s worth a gamble.
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