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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends First Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Votto was limited to 111 games and 374 at bats, but his 1.041 OPS was ridiculous. His knee should be healthy and he should once again be a dominant force.
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2. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonzalez had just six home runs through the end of June, but managed to hit a dozen the rest of the way to finish with a .299-75-18-108-2 line. His second half OPS was 133 points higher than his first half mark. The Dodgers figure to have a potent offense in 2013 with A-Gone as one of the anchors.
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3. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt had a solid .286-82-20-82-18 line in his first full season. The stolen base total puts him ahead of similar young options.
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4. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Rizzo played in just 87 games, but managed to hit 15 home runs with 44 runs and 48 runs batted in. He’s just 23 years old and handled big league pitching well. Look for continued growth.
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5. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freeman posted his second straight 20-plus home run season. His average dipped from .282 to .259, but his run total (67 to 91) and RBI total (76 to 94) climbed. Freeman is another one of the young first basemen (23) that should continue to grow.
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6.  Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
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.
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7. Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
LaRoche is far from a sexy pick, yet he continues to hit 25 home runs and drive in around 90 runs without being a batting average liability.
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8. 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.
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9. 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.
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10. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Through 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.
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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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Allen Craig
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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. Alternatively, many leagues offer corner infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Through 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.
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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.
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Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
LaRoche is far from a sexy pick, yet he continues to hit 25 home runs and drive in around 90 runs without being a batting average liability.
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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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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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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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Albert Pujols Angels batting
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends First Base Rankings. Click here for additional 2013 Fantasy Baseball First Base Options
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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. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Votto was limited to 111 games and 374 at bats, but his 1.041 OPS was ridiculous. His knee should be healthy and he should once again be a dominant force.
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4. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonzalez had just six home runs through the end of June, but managed to hit a dozen the rest of the way to finish with a .299-75-18-108-2 line. His second half OPS was 133 points higher than his first half mark. The Dodgers figure to have a potent offense in 2013 with A-Gone as one of the anchors.
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5. 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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6. 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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7. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt had a solid .286-82-20-82-18 line in his first full season. The stolen base total puts him ahead of similar young options.
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8. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Rizzo played in just 87 games, but managed to hit 15 home runs with 44 runs and 48 runs batted in. He’s just 23 years old and handled big league pitching well. Look for continued growth.
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9. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freeman posted his second straight 20-plus home run season. His average dipped from .282 to .259, but his run total (67 to 91) and RBI total (76 to 94) climbed. Freeman is another one of the young first basemen (23) that should continue to grow.
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10. 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. No longer a lock for 100 runs, 30 home runs and 100 RBI, but he should be good for 80 runs, 30 HRs and 90 RBI.
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