With the 2020 MLB season rapidly approaching, it's time to begin preparation for this year's fantasy baseball drafts. Here at The Duel, we'll have you covered every step of the way.
We've already got our top 100 fantasy baseball players for the 2020 MLB season, but now we're going to take things a step further and break it down by position.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 first baseman for fantasy baseball in 2020.
Fantasy Baseball 1B Rankings
10. Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
Max Muncy has posted some impressive power numbers in back-to-back seasons, and there's little reason to believe he'll slow down in 2020. His .372 weighted on-base average (wOBA) was seventh among all first baseman in 2019, and his 45.6 hard hit percentage was sixth best. Muncy's .251 batting average might not blow you away, but he makes up for it with the fourth-best walk rate among first baseman (15.3 percent). His home run to fly ball rate (26.5 percent) was right in line with what he did in 2018 (29.4 percent), so there's no reason to believe a regression is looming. Muncy should once again be a great asset in 2020.
9. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
8. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
7. Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics
6. Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
Paul Goldschmidt had a bit of a down year in his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals, at least by his lofty standards, but he's still one of the MLB's premier sluggers. While Goldschmidt's batting average (.260) was well below his career average (.292), his 47.5 percent hard hit rate was actually a career best. That suggests Goldschmidt's drop in average might have been more due to bad luck than anything else. He's still a great source of home runs, smashing 34 bombs in 2019, and if his batting average creeps back toward his career norm, he could be a great value here.
5. DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees
4. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
3. Pete Alonso, New York Mets
Pete Alonso burst onto the scene in 2019, breaking the MLB's single-season rookie home run record with 53 bombs. That herculean effort led Alonso to win the NL Rookie of the Year award, and he should once again be among the best sluggers in baseball. Alonso's .384 wOBA was the third-best mark among all third baseman, and the New York Mets' slugger was top 10 at the position in hard hit rate. His 30.6 home run to fly ball rate was the fourth-highest among all hitters, which suggests the home runs could regress a bit, but it shouldn't be by too much.
2. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
1. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
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