We’ve only known this MLB season four weeks and three days but to me, it feels like nine weeks and five days. The Luke Voit injury felt like a week and the Cody Bellinger injury felt like five days. The Mike Moustakas injury seemed like a week again and the Josh Bell COVID scare felt like eight days. If you’ve seen the classic Steve Martin movie “The Jerk”, you’ll understand that reference. If you haven’t, then I think you can relate to it if you’ve dealt with any of the myriads of injuries from the first month. Four weeks into the season and I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime of baseball this year. But today’s a new day, so let’s get out of our funk and enjoy the sport we all know and love. Let’s talk about some first basemen. Let’s take a look at the list and then we’ll talk about the movers.

 

Rank Player Position Team +/-
1 Freddie Freeman 1B Braves    –
2 Vlad Guerrero, Jr. 1B Blue Jays    –
3 Pete Alonso 1B Mets   +1
4 Jose Abreu 1B White Sox   -1
5 Paul Goldschmidt 1B Cardinals    –
6 Matt Olson 1B Athletics   +2
7 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B Yankees    –
8 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B Dodgers   +1
9 Jared Walsh 1B Angels   +2
10 Eric Hosmer 1B Padres    –
11 Anthony Rizzo 1B Cubs   +2
12 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF Dodgers   -6
13 Rhys Hoskins 1B Phillies   -1
14 Mike Moustakas 1B/2B/3B Reds   +1
15 Nate Lowe 1B Rangers   -1
16 Carlos Santana 1B Royals    –
17 Ryan McMahon 1B/2B/3B Rockies   +1
18 Yuli Gurriel 1B Astros   +3
19 C.J. Cron 1B Rockies   +1
20 Trey Mancini 1B/OF Orioles   NR
21 Luke Voit 1B Yankees   +3
22 Jesus Aguilar 1B Marlins   NR
23 Dominic Smith 1B/OF Mets   -6
24 Andrew Vaughn 1B/OF White Sox   NR
25 Joey Votto 1B Reds   NR

 

I’ve adjusted my thinking some with these articles. I was stuck on seeing players that were popping over the last couple of weeks as opposed to future performance. Just a reminder, I’m using ESPN’s position eligibility. If there’s a player that qualifies at first base on Yahoo! or CBS, feel free to post a comment and I’ll let you know approximately where they’d fit in.

You have to travel down the list a little to find our first big mover, Cody Bellinger. Currently, Bellinger is on the IL while recovering from a stress fracture, and finding a decent timeline on his return is like finding a needle in a haystack. For now, I’ve bumped him down to 12 but he could be traveling further if we get word that he’s going to miss extended time.

The biggest riser of the year has been Jared Walsh, who continues to mash. Over the last two weeks, he’s continued to bat over .300 while mashing two homers in a great lineup. When we dive into his plate discipline, we find more good surprises. Walsh has managed to keep his swinging strike rate down while maintaining his barrel rate in the top 77th percentage.

I think I’ve finally settled into a good resting spot with Ryan McMahon and C.J. Cron. They’re going to have their hot streaks and their chilly streaks but they’ll provide you with decent pop. I prefer them in daily leagues versus weekly leagues so we can sit them when they’re on the road in a tough matchup.

Trey Mancini earned first base eligibility and makes his debut on this list at 20. Mancini’s a great rebound story and I root for him to shoot up this list. I love his bat but ultimately, the Orioles lineup definitely hurts him some.

The news on Luke Voit seems promising for a return early next week, so he takes a preemptive bounce up. Fingers crossed for a healthy Voit moving forward. A healthy Voit will provide a nice punch in the arm to any team that’s been lacking his power while he’s been on the IL.

I mentioned earlier that I was taking more of a season-long approach to this list and that’s exactly what I’m doing with Joey Votto. For his part, Votto has struggled at the dish a little but I have faith that things will come around (for all of the Reds for that matter). Overall, Votto should make the move towards improving your batting average and helping out the counting stats.

Finally, Andrew Vaughn and Jesus Aguilar are our last two new additions. I’m excited to see what Vaughn can do with regular plate appearances in the stacked White Sox lineup. The upside is certainly there and with him only being rostered in 32% of ESPN leagues, now’s the time to add him. Jesus Aguilar has quietly (I guess not that quietly considering he’s mashing monster homers) been mashing for the Marlins. In addition to popping homers, he’s also flashed some very impressive plate discipline in the early going. I definitely slept on Aguilar up to this point, but he has my full attention moving forward.

Alright, now it’s your turn. Who’d I miss? Or who are you still holding out hope for (looking at you Josh Bell)? Leave a comment and we’ll keep this conversation rolling.

 
  1. Michael B says:
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    Hello I have an entirely 100% unrelated very long question (well somewhat related because it’s about fantasy baseball obviously ) so I have yastrzemski on my injured list and hes supposed to come back Friday if all goes well, and at same time, eaton is now dtd with a knee bruise and hamstring tightness, should I drop eaton or one of my other outfielders, my other ones are: Austin Hays, Mark Canha, Adolis Garcia, Max Kepler, Jarred Kelenic (bench) so obviously I have no replacement OF in that spot until kelenic or yastrzemski comes back and even then someone’s got to go,

    otherwise I could drop a pitcher if all these are keepers
    My pitchers are: kershaw, liam Hendricks, kyle Hendricks, Luis Castillo, Diego Castillo, Daniel bard, patrick Corbin, trevor Rogers, triston McKenzie, ian Anderson, matt boyd, and robbie ray, I’m currently trying to drop matt boyd for montas and when ryu comes back I can drop ray, and for yaz I could drop boyd if hes there or adam Eaton. What do you think I should do given this info, should I wait for yastrzemski or drop eaton now, or wait to see if i get montas, than reassess the situation. Sorry for the long message and thanks for all the help!

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Haha this is a long one. It really depends on the size of your league. If it’s a 10-12 team league, with no-obp, Eaton is replacement level and if Yaz comes back on Friday and Eaton is still DTD, feel free to drop Eaton.

      I’m a Boyd boy, but same answer, if you’re in a 10-12 team league, Boyd is near replacement level. If there’s a better arm to stream, feel free to drop.

      If it’s a deeper league, and you don’t feel like there’s replacement level talent on the wire, I’d drop the player who you feel you have the most depth in. Hopefully that helps some lol

  2. Fister Furbush says:
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    I have Freeman and Alonso in a points league.
    My outfield needs some help.
    Could you fathom trading Alonso for Castellanos?
    Or maybe Freeman for Soto?

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      I like the Alonso for Castellanos move. Honestly, both moves are decent, I just would rather know Soto is 100% before pulling the trigger on a move that big

  3. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    In a 10 team mixed league, I have no idea why I’m still hanging on to Josh Bell given I have Alonso and Canha. I guess because I’d drop him to accommodate Kyle Lewis rejoining my active roster from the IL. It’s a Cavalcade of Meh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Braden says:
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        Maybe I am also just to reluctant to drop but:

        92.6 EV (Career Best)
        53.5% Hard Hit (Career Best)
        11.6% barrel rate (Nice!)
        .171 BABIP (100+ points below career avg.)

        Yes walk rate is down and K rate is up, but that seems to be a struggling hitter trying to make something happen. He seems to be a few fly balls away from a massive breakout, or should I just stop day drinking…..

        • Richardo

          Richardo says:
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          You take the good, you take the bad. When he hits the ball, good things happen but his plate discipline has been so bad. He swinging at pitches outside of the zone 30% of the time and has a career high 15% swinging strike rate. He’s being less selective with pitches, which to me, when we combine the plate discipline with the stats you noted, means that he’s selling out for power.

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Haha yeah, Bell has been a nightmare.

      He’ll likely go on a hot streak as soon as you drop him, so if you could let me know when that is, that’d be great lol

  4. 183414 says:
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    You have it backwards. Voit injury seemed like 3 months, and Bellinger injury seems like the full season. Don’t know what leagues you’re playing in.
    Oh yeah, Segura injury also feels like 3 months.

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Hahaha you’re right, I should’ve adjusted it based on the amount they’ve been out

  5. Mike says:
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    Hey man.. Not sure why but I drafted Sano. I have Colin Moran right now at 1st. With Sano coming off IL would you feel comfortable dumping him? If so would you keep Moran or add Pavin Smith or Andrew Vaughn for ROS?

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Haha we all fell into the Sano trap so don’t feel too bad.

      I think it depends on how deep your league is. With Pavan and Vaughn available, I’d say it’s probably a standard 10-12 team league. In that situation, with those options available, I’m willing to cut bait with Sano. If you think you’ll have FOMO of Sano going on a tear, do your best to stash him. Good luck!

      • Mike says:
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        Please forgive me I’m new here. What if FOMO? I have been trying to figure it out. Fear of ?? Monster outings? Lol

        • Richardo

          Richardo says:
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          Hahaha yoooooooo it was supposed to be fear of missing out but no doubt it now means fear of missing out on monster outings. fOMOOMO

  6. aardvark says:
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    I have to move a pitcher. Would you trade Olson and Peralta for Abreu?
    Points league

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Personally, I think you’d be giving up too much for a small bump up at 1B. But I do love me some Peralta. If you HAVE to get rid of a pitcher to free up a spot, I don’t hate it in that you’ll at least be improving another position as opposed to just losing the capital altogether.

      • aardvark says:
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        My pitchers are

        Lynn
        Means
        Urias
        Berrios
        Maeda
        S. Gray
        Cease
        Peralta

        And gave Ryu coming off DL

        I hate to drop Peralta and I’m having a hard time packaging him. Is Peralta the odd man out?

        • Richardo

          Richardo says:
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          Wow! That’s a nice pitching staff. Yeah, out of those names, Peralta is the odd man out unfortunately.

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