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July First Baseman Rankings

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here are the July Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

 

Click to see other July rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | C | 2B | SS | 3B

 

 

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First Baseman Rankings

 

JulyFirst BaseTeam2014MayJune
1 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 1 1 1
2 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 6 7 2
3 Freddie Freeman Braves 5 2 3
4 Jose Abreu White Sox 13 8 5
5 Chris Davis Orioles 3 9 6
6 Victor Martinez Tigers 3 DH 14 9
7 Albert Pujols Angels 7 3 4
1 DH David Ortiz Red Sox 1 DH 1 DH 1 DH
8 Joey Votto Reds 4 4 8
9 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 15 12 12
10 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 8 5 7
11 Justin Morneau Rockies 14 10 11
12 Brandon Moss Athletics 17 18 10
13 Brandon Belt Giants 12 11 18
14 Adam LaRoche Nationals 24 19 15
15 Mike Napoli Red Sox 16 16 16
16 Mark Trumbo Diamondbacks 10 21 14
17 Matt Adams Cardinals 19 22 27
18 Mark Teixeira Yankees 27 17 19
2 DH Billy Butler Royals 2 DH 2 DH 2 DH
19 Allen Craig Cardinals 9 15 13
20 Kendrys Morales Twins 18 24 22
21 Adam Lind Blue Jays 26 26 20
22 C.J. Cron Angels 62 38 24
23 Ryan Howard Phillies 22 20 21
24 Eric Hosmer Royals 11 13 17
25 Jonathan Singleton Astros 43 35 29
26 Adam Dunn White Sox 30 27 26
27 Lucas Duda Mets 104 OF 31 33
28 James Loney Rays 25 23 23
29 Ike Davis Pirates 23 29 25
30 Justin Smoak Mariners 29 28 28
31 Nick Swisher Indians 20 25 31
32 Logan Morrison Mariners 33 41 37
33 Garrett Jones Marlins 36 36 35
34 Chris Carter Astros 28 30 34
35 Corey Hart Mariners 31 33 36
36 Steve Pearce Orioles 8 DH NR 39
37 Carlos Pena Rangers 47 NR NR
38 Yonder Alonso Padres 21 32 30
39 Tommy Medica Padres 41 NR 40
40 Nate Freiman Athletics 46 NR NR
41 Paul Konerko White Sox 39 NR 41
42 Lyle Overbay Brewers 45 42 43
43 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 35 39 38

 

Dropping off: Mitch Moreland (32nd), Marc Krauss (42nd)

 

  • A month ago, Adams was on the DL and at risk of losing his starts against left-handers when he did return. I still didn’t feel particularly good about placing him 27th, but it seemed appropriate given the lack of power he had showed while healthy. Since returning, he’s hit six homers in 16 games, two of them even coming against southpaws. At this rate, it looks like if Oscar Taveras does get another chance, it should come at Craig’s expense.

 

  • The Mariners are about to get both Smoak and Hart back from the DL, just as Morrison has started playing well. In my mind, Morrison has the most fantasy upside in the group, but I just don’t trust him to stay healthy or trust Lloyd McClendon to play him over Smoak. It’ll be interesting to see if the Mariners go right back to the default arrangement with Smoak as a full-time first baseman. I’m guessing they will, at least initially, but they’d probably be better off with Morrison at first and Hart at DH. For what it’s worth, Smoak does have an option year left.

 

  • With a .235 average and one homer in 51 at-bats during June, Medica hasn’t exactly seized the opportunity created by Alonso’s DL stint in San Diego. Medica does offer the greater power potential of the two, but I think Alonso is probably the better player anyway. I’m not sure how the Padres will play it after Alonso returns, but it’d make a lot more sense to commit to one for a little while than to have them share time. As bad as the entire offense is, though, there’s just not much fantasy upside to be had.

 

  • Under the theory that he might be used in a deal, Freiman was going to have a spot at the bottom of the rankings even before he was called up as a replacement for the injured Josh Reddick on Sunday. I don’t imagine he’ll have much short-term fantasy value in Oakland, but he could be a candidate to start somewhere else during the final two months.


Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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