The 2016 Major League Baseball season gets underway April 3rd, 2016 with a solid three game slate to open with. For many that might seem like weeks away but for us as well as most daily fantasy baseball owners as well as season long fantasy owners this time is critical in putting together the best game plan for the upcoming season.
This week we have decided to take a look at each position around the diamond giving everyone a quick rundown of which players we like, which players to avoid in your draft or early on in daily leagues and which players might have the breakout season that makes them a key fantasy contributor.
That being said we have decided to start with one of the biggest power positions in all of baseball the first base position. This position if filled with star studded power hitting options starting with the Baltimore Orioles star Chris Davis all the way to the west coast where Paul Goldschmidt has become one of the faces of not only the Arizona Diamondbacks but the game of baseball in general.
These are just two of at least 30 starting first baseman that will be taking the field during the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Here is our 2016 MLB Fantasy Baseball First Baseman Guide.
Top Fantasy First Baseman Options in 2016:
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: Now Cabrera is one of those options that will be on nearly everyone’s list that makes him a must on our top fantasy option list. Just look at his 2015 stat line that included him batting .338 with 28 doubles and 18 home runs in just 119 games. Only concern with Cabrera is if the veteran can stay healthy for the entire season something that might hurt season long fantasy owners. For daily fantasy owners the only concern is how expensive will he cost to open the season?
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: How can we not put the AL Home Run champion on our list of top options at first base? Yes Davis strikes out a ton but the Orioles start the season with six straight home games giving the power hitting first baseman a shot to hit a Camden Yards. Davis last season in 77 home games hit .285 with 13 doubles, 29 home runs and 69 runs batted in. We love Davis in daily fantasy formats to open the season up.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks: Looking how the Diamondbacks first baseman got off to a hot start last season it makes him a great option for daily fantasy leagues. Goldschmidt picked up 12 hits including four homeruns while scoring nine times and driving in 12 runs.
First Baseman to avoid in 2016:
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: While we would love the future Hall Of Famer to continue to be a legit option at first baseman. The downside is while Pujols hit 40 home runs last season the three time MVP is not as young as he once was as he enters this season at 36 years old. While Pujols could be a great option from time to time for daily fantasy owners we do not like him as an option for season long owners who will be putting a ton of value in to drafting him.
Justin Bour, Miami Marlins: Bour came out of nowhere last year for fantasy owners as well as the Marlins. The Marlins first baseman managed to hit 23 home runs and drive in 73 runs in just 129 games. While he could continue this pace and put up some bigger numbers in a full season in 2016 we are just worried that opposing teams could find out his weaknesses now that they have seen him.
Breakout Candidates at First Base in 2016:
Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates: 2016 should be the season we see Bell join the Pirates major league club and possible see the field for a significant portion of it. While Bell struggled to show power at the double and triple A levels last season he did manage to post a .307 at double A and a .347 batting average at triple A. A key thing to remember is the team has an opening in the infield now that Pedro Alvarez has moved along.
Fantasy Position Outlook:
The first base position might be the biggest fantasy output position in all of baseball as you look around at all 30 MLB teams. That being said while players will struggle as we see every year we think we should be able to find some solid fantasy value from the start of the season till the end of the regular season.