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Fantasy Baseball 1B Rankings, Dollar Values 2023: Top players, sleepers at first base

With Major League Baseball’s opening day rapidly approaching, the time has come for fantasy baseball owners to start planning their draft strategies for the 2023 season. Many opt to anchor their teams with home runs and RBIs, which often translates to grabbing multiple first basemen early to plug into the 1B, corner infield, and utility spots. Today we will go over the top sluggers, best sleepers, and deep value plays with our 2023 first basemen rankings and dollar values. 

The elite names at the top of the position almost go without saying. Not many players in all of baseball can offer fantastic across-the-board contributions like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Paul Goldschmidt, and Freddie Freeman. Pete Alonso also packs as much of a consistent home run punch as anyone in the MLB not named Aaron Judge. Matt Olson enjoyed a solid first season in Atlanta, too, but for owners who can’t land those big fish, plenty of value can be found beyond those upper-echelon first-baggers. 

With an early ADP of 81, Jose Abreu is about as close to a sleeper as a former MVP can get. The Astros slugger had fine batting splits last season (.304/.378/.446) — and his power metrics were still well above average — but he never got it going with the long-ball like when he led the majors in RBIs in COVID summer or drove in an AL-leading 123 runs in 2019. Abreu should have plenty of opportunity to mount a bounce-back campaign batting in the middle of a stacked Astros order.

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As for Abreu’s former squad, “stacked” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind for the White Sox, but Andrew Vaughn, who finally gets to play his natural position at first after two years of playing out of position in left field, looks poised for a breakout campaign. Another breakout candidate from the AL Central is 24-year-old Vinnie Pasquantino, who mashed 10 homers and 24 RBIs in just 72 games last season. The Rookie of the Year candidate hit .295 and maintained a staggering OPS of .832.

Plenty of guys offer power with little else, like Arizona’s Christian Walker and Milwaukee’s Rowdy Tellez. Other guys like reigning AL batting champ Luis Arraez make for superb plays in punt-homer builds. But players like Baltimore’s Ryan Mountcastle, Seattle’s Ty France, San Diego’s Jake Cronenworth, and Minnesota’s Jose Miranda all strike us as players who can put it all together and hit for power and average. We also have a ton of draft capital invested so far in 23-year-old Triston Casas, who has been hitting the cover off the ball for the Red Sox in Spring Training.

First base is not nearly as top-heavy as many fantasy pundits would have you believe. The NL adopting the DH position starting last season drove up the value of 1B-eligible players in a major way, and now with pitch clocks and new defensive shift governance, the home-run ball is in the proverbial court of the MLB’s top sluggers. We could see a massive amount of home runs and RBI this season, so it’s important to choose wisely when selecting your first basemen. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for more comprehensive fantasy baseball coverage from us between now and the start of the MLB season, including top sleepers, breakout candidates, and a full cheat sheet. For now, here are the first basemen rankings for the 2023 fantasy season, featuring each players’ alternate positional eligibility. 

Fantasy Baseball 1B Rankings 2023: Top players, sleepers at first base

Position eligibility based on Yahoo’s default settings

Rank Player, Team Other Pos. Elig.
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays  
2 Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals  
3 Freddie Freeman, Dodgers  
4 Pete Alonso, Mets  
5 Matt Olson, Braves  
6 Jose Abreu, Astros  
7 Vinnie Pasquantino, Royals  
8 Christian Walker, Diamondbacks  
9 Andrew Vaughn, White Sox OF
10 Nathaniel Lowe, Rangers  
11 C.J. Cron, Rockies  
12 Rhys Hoskins, Phillies  
13 Rowdy Tellez, Brewers  
14 Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles  
15 Ty France, Mariners 3B
16 Jake Cronenworth, Padres 2B, SS
17 Jose Miranda, Twins 3B
18 Luis Arraez, Marlins 2B
19 Joey Meneses, Nationals OF
20 Triston Casas (BOS – 1B)  
21 Josh Bell, Guardians  
22 Alec Bohm, Phillies 3B
23 Josh Naylor, Guardians  
24 Trey Mancini, Cubs  
25 DJ LeMahieu, Yankees 2B, 3B
26 Brandon Drury, Angels 2B, 3B
27 Miguel Vargas, Dodgers  
28 Yandy Diaz, Rays 3B
29 Seth Brown, Athletics OF
30 Jared Walsh, Angels  
31 Spencer Torkelson, Tigers  
32 Alex Kirilloff, Twins OF
33 Juan Yepez, Cardinals OF
34 Brendan Donovan, Cardinals 2B, 3B, SS, OF
35 Wil Myers, Reds OF
36 Joey Votto, Reds  
37 Wilmer Flores, Giants 2B,3B,DH
38 Isaac Paredes, Rays 2B, 3B
39 Garrett Cooper, Marlins  
40 Matt Mervis*, Cubs  

*player not currently on 40-man roster

Fantasy Baseball 1B Projected Dollar Values

Dollar values courtesy of Fantasy Pros and based on a 12-team mixed league with a $260 budget (70 percent allocated for hitting)

Player Dollar Value
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR – 1B) $39
Freddie Freeman (LAD – 1B) $36
Paul Goldschmidt (STL – 1B) $30
Pete Alonso (NYM – 1B) $30
Matt Olson (ATL – 1B) $23
Nathaniel Lowe (TEX – 1B) $12
Jose Abreu (HOU – 1B) $12
C.J. Cron (COL – 1B) $11
Christian Walker (ARI – 1B) $11
Ryan Mountcastle (BAL – 1B) $11
Ty France (SEA – 1B,3B) $10
Rhys Hoskins (PHI – 1B) $10
Andrew Vaughn (CWS – 1B,LF,RF) $10
Jake Cronenworth (SD – 1B,2B,SS) $9
Josh Naylor (CLE – 1B,RF) $9
Anthony Rizzo (NYY – 1B) $8
Vinnie Pasquantino (KC – 1B) $8
Luis Arraez (MIA – 1B,2B) $8
Alec Bohm (PHI – 1B,3B) $7
Yandy Diaz (TB – 1B,3B) $7
Josh Bell (CLE – 1B) $7
Rowdy Tellez (MIL – 1B) $7
Jose Miranda (MIN – 1B,3B) $6
Joey Meneses (WSH – 1B,RF) $6
Wil Myers (CIN – 1B,LF,RF) $4
Seth Brown (OAK – 1B,LF,CF,RF) $3
Miguel Vargas (LAD – 1B) $1
Triston Casas (BOS – 1B) $1
Brandon Drury (LAA – 1B,2B,3B) $1
DJ LeMahieu (NYY – 1B,2B,3B) $1

All other players valued at $0

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