2015 End of Season Rankings: First Basemen

The 2015 fantasy baseball season has come to a close, so it is time to look back at the season past and determine which players were the most valuable at each position. After looking at catchers last week, we start moving around the diamond and focus on first basemen.

The players were ranked based on their 2015 production, using the evaluation system explained and updated on this site some time ago. The valuations are built for $260 budgets and standard 5×5 roto fantasy leagues, where only one catcher is started. Players are listed only at their primary positions from 2015.

One important thing to note is the premium (or lack thereof) placed on the position a player occupies in your lineup. For example, while a first baseman may be able to accumulate superior overall numbers, the availability of such production lower in the rankings severely dampers the amount the player was worth. These rankings are meant to reflect a player’s value should he have occupied this spot in your lineup for the entire year. A player who missed time due to injury but put up great numbers during his time on the field would be worth less.

With all this in mind, here are your rankings.

2015 End of Season Fantasy First Baseman Rankings
Name pos G AB HR R RBI SB AVG $$
1 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 159 567 33 103 110 21 0.321 36.65
2 Chris Davis 1B 160 573 47 100 117 2 0.262 26.95
3 Anthony Rizzo 1B 160 586 31 94 101 17 0.278 25.54
4 Edwin Encarnacion 1B 146 528 39 94 111 3 0.277 24.75
5 Joey Votto 1B 158 545 29 95 80 11 0.314 24.52
6 Eric Hosmer 1B 158 599 18 98 93 7 0.297 20.52
7 Jose Abreu 1B 154 613 30 88 101 0 0.290 20.28
8 David Ortiz 1B 146 528 37 73 108 0 0.273 18.08
9 Prince Fielder 1B 158 613 23 78 98 0 0.305 17.98
10 Kendrys Morales 1B 158 569 22 81 106 0 0.290 17.07
11 Albert Pujols 1B 157 602 40 85 95 5 0.244 16.61
12 Adrian Gonzalez 1B 156 571 28 76 90 0 0.275 13.28
13 Miguel Cabrera 1B 119 429 18 64 76 1 0.338 12.51
14 Adam Lind 1B 149 502 20 72 87 0 0.277 9.75
15 Brandon Belt 1B 137 492 18 73 68 9 0.280 9.61
16 Mark Teixeira 1B 111 392 31 57 79 2 0.255 7.36
17 Mitch Moreland 1B 132 471 23 51 85 1 0.278 6.71
18 Carlos Santana 1B 154 550 19 72 85 11 0.231 6.59
19 Pedro Alvarez 1B 150 437 27 60 77 2 0.243 4.90
20 Lucas Duda 1B 135 471 27 67 73 0 0.244 4.82
21 Freddie Freeman 1B 118 416 18 62 66 3 0.276 4.61
22 Mark Canha 1B 124 441 16 61 70 7 0.254 3.40
23 Joe Mauer 1B 158 592 10 69 66 2 0.265 1.73
24 Justin Bour 1B 129 409 23 42 73 0 0.262 1.00
25 Ryan Howard 1B 129 467 23 53 77 0 0.229 -0.17
26 Billy Butler 1B 151 538 15 63 65 0 0.251 -0.47
27 Ryan Zimmerman 1B 95 346 16 43 73 1 0.249 -1.59
28 Chris Carter 1B 129 391 24 50 64 1 0.199 -4.29
29 Logan Morrison 1B 146 457 17 47 54 8 0.225 -4.57
30 C.J. Cron 1B 113 378 16 37 51 3 0.262 -4.60
31 Justin Smoak 1B 132 296 18 44 59 0 0.226 -4.76
32 Ben Paulsen 1B 116 325 11 42 49 1 0.277 -4.83
33 Marwin Gonzalez 1B 120 344 12 44 34 4 0.279 -5.36
34 Mike Napoli 1B 133 407 18 46 50 3 0.224 -6.28
35 Victor Martinez 1B 120 440 11 39 64 0 0.245 -6.65
36 Yonder Alonso 1B 103 354 5 50 31 2 0.282 -7.23
37 Clint Robinson 1B 126 309 10 44 34 0 0.272 -7.90
38 Travis Shaw 1B 65 226 13 31 36 0 0.274 -9.05
39 Mark Reynolds 1B 140 382 13 35 48 2 0.230 -9.74
40 Darin Ruf 1B 106 268 12 30 39 1 0.235 -11.29
41 Gregory Bird 1B 46 157 11 26 31 0 0.261 -11.98
42 James Loney 1B 104 361 4 25 32 2 0.280 -12.36
43 Adam LaRoche 1B 127 429 12 41 44 0 0.207 -13.12
44 Wilin Rosario 1B 87 231 6 22 29 2 0.268 -13.75
45 Jason Rogers 1B 86 152 4 22 16 0 0.296 -16.00
46 Justin Morneau 1B 49 168 3 19 15 0 0.310 -16.37
47 Sean Rodriguez 1B 139 224 4 25 17 2 0.246 -16.93
48 Brett Wallace 1B 64 96 5 14 16 0 0.302 -17.43
49 Matt Adams 1B 60 175 5 14 24 1 0.240 -17.90
50 Chris Johnson 1B 83 243 3 18 18 2 0.255 -18.01
51 Kennys Vargas 1B 58 175 5 18 17 0 0.240 -18.58
52 Tyler Moore 1B 97 187 6 14 27 0 0.203 -19.24
53 Ike Davis 1B 74 214 3 19 20 0 0.229 -19.41
54 Jesus Montero 1B 38 112 5 11 19 0 0.223 -19.59
55 Michael Morse 1B 98 229 5 14 19 0 0.231 -19.96
56 Kyle Blanks 1B 18 67 3 10 6 1 0.313 -20.13
57 Jefry Marte 1B 33 80 4 9 11 0 0.213 -21.38
58 Chris Parmelee 1B 32 97 4 11 9 0 0.216 -21.49
59 Max Muncy 1B 45 102 3 14 9 0 0.206 -21.54
60 Jeff Baker 1B 41 72 3 11 8 0 0.208 -21.76
61 Jake Elmore 1B 51 141 2 10 16 1 0.206 -21.80
62 Richie Shaffer 1B 31 74 4 11 6 0 0.189 -22.15
63 Xavier Scruggs 1B 17 42 0 5 7 1 0.262 -22.64
64 Efren Navarro 1B 54 83 0 9 5 0 0.253 -22.81
65 Corey Hart 1B 35 54 2 3 9 0 0.222 -22.98
66 Jon Singleton 1B 19 47 1 6 6 1 0.191 -23.13
67 Travis Ishikawa 1B 44 63 1 6 8 0 0.206 -23.23
68 Joey Terdoslavich 1B 28 56 1 5 4 0 0.214 -23.84
69 Jesus Aguilar 1B 7 19 0 0 2 0 0.316 -24.43
70 Allan Dykstra 1B 13 31 1 3 4 0 0.129 -24.52
71 Matt Hague 1B 10 12 0 1 0 0 0.250 -24.83
72 Dan Johnson 1B 12 19 0 1 2 0 0.158 -24.98
73 Marc Krauss 1B 27 78 2 3 8 0 0.141 -24.99
74 Kevin Frandsen 1B 7 11 0 1 0 0 0.182 -25.01
75 Matt McBride 1B 20 42 0 5 0 0 0.167 -25.08
76 Austin Romine 1B 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.000 -25.10
77 Garin Cecchini 1B 2 4 0 0 0 0 0.000 -25.23
78 Christian Walker 1B 7 9 0 0 0 0 0.111 -25.32
79 Cody Decker 1B 8 11 0 0 1 0 0.000 -25.54
SOURCE: FanGraphs, @zvsanders

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