2013 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only First Base Rankings

Mar 7, 2013

Albert Pujols Angels batting
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends First Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
By his standards, the .285-85-30-105-8 line he turned in last year was disappointing. His OPS improved from .794 in the first half to .935 in the second half. He’s settled in and is part of an even more impressive lineup with Josh Hamilton on board. Monster numbers should return.
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2. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
Fielder had a slight dip in production outside of batting average, but you can’t be upset with a .313-83-30-108-1 line. Fielder also improved in the second half with his OPS going from .885 to 1.006.
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3. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Butler is primarily a designated hitter, but he did play 20 games at first base last year so he should have eligibility in your league. Butler finally showed what he’s capable of with a .313-72-29-107-2 line. With his size, the power should not be a fluke. He has already proved that he’s a capable hitter.
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 4. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
We know the power is for real, but last year he put together a complete season (.280-93-42-110-13). Regression is likely, but with Toronto’s potent lineup, he should deliver once again.
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5. 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 their lineup.
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6. Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Konerko is 37, 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.
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7. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
Teixeira isn’t old (33 in April), but with three straight years with a batting average less than .260 (.252 during the span), he is a liability in that category. He still clubbed 24 home runs in 123 games. He’ll miss at least a month of action, which hurts his value.
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8. 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.
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9. 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 his improves in the other four 5×5 categories.
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10. 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.
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