End of Season Rankings: First Basemen

The 2014 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’re on to first baseman.

The players were ranked based on their 2014 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 2014.

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.

This year, I’ve added in RotoGraphs’ preseason consensus rankings so you can see what we thought of each player coming into the year. This ranking can be found in the “Pre” column. “EOS” of course stands for End Of Season, and the rest should be self explanatory.

With all this in mind, here are your rankings.

EOS Pre Name pos G PA AB HR R RBI SB AVG $$$
1 19 Victor Martinez 1B 151 641 561 32 87 103 3 0.335 31.47
2 15 Jose Abreu 1B 145 622 556 36 80 107 3 0.317 29.94
3 Miguel Cabrera 1B 159 685 611 25 101 109 1 0.313 29.73
4 9 Albert Pujols 1B 159 695 633 28 89 105 5 0.272 23.47
5 11 Adrian Gonzalez 1B 159 660 591 27 83 116 1 0.276 23.10
6 8 Anthony Rizzo 1B 140 616 524 32 89 78 5 0.286 22.11
7 4 Edwin Encarnacion 1B 128 542 477 34 75 98 2 0.268 20.46
8 6 Freddie Freeman 1B 162 708 607 18 93 78 3 0.288 17.83
9 10 David Ortiz 1B 142 602 518 35 59 104 0 0.263 17.62
10 37 Lucas Duda 1B 153 596 514 30 74 92 3 0.253 16.42
11 32 Adam LaRoche 1B 140 586 494 26 73 92 3 0.259 15.50
12 1 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 109 479 406 19 75 69 9 0.300 15.21
13 24 Chris Carter 1B 145 572 507 37 68 88 5 0.227 14.83
14 27 Justin Morneau 1B 135 550 502 17 62 82 0 0.319 14.40
15 Carlos Santana 1B 152 660 541 27 68 85 5 0.231 10.89
16 31 Ryan Howard 1B 153 648 569 23 65 95 0 0.223 7.83
17 17 Matt Adams 1B 142 563 527 15 55 68 3 0.288 7.59
18 30 James Loney 1B 155 651 600 9 59 69 4 0.290 7.21
19 Steve Pearce 1B 102 383 338 21 51 49 5 0.293 6.03
20 2 Chris Davis 1B 127 525 450 26 65 72 2 0.196 4.25
21 12 Billy Butler 1B 151 603 549 9 57 66 0 0.271 2.64
22 7 Eric Hosmer 1B 131 547 503 9 54 58 4 0.270 1.76
23 22 Mark Teixeira 1B 123 508 440 22 56 62 1 0.216 1.33
24 Joe Mauer 1B 120 518 455 4 60 55 3 0.277 1.00
25 25 Mike Napoli 1B 119 500 415 17 49 55 3 0.248 0.88
26 28 Adam Dunn 1B 131 511 429 22 49 64 1 0.219 0.74
27 36 Garrett Jones 1B 146 547 496 15 59 53 0 0.246 0.30
28 Mark Reynolds 1B 130 433 378 22 47 45 5 0.196 -2.95
29 21 Adam Lind 1B 96 318 290 6 38 40 0 0.321 -3.19
30 34 Logan Morrison 1B 99 365 336 11 41 38 5 0.262 -3.59
31 33 Ike Davis 1B 143 427 360 11 43 51 0 0.233 -4.89
32 Stephen Vogt 1B 84 287 269 9 26 35 1 0.279 -7.66
33 C.J. Cron 1B 79 253 242 11 28 37 0 0.256 -7.83
34 Kennys Vargas 1B 53 234 215 9 26 38 0 0.274 -7.84
35 16 Brandon Belt 1B 61 235 214 12 30 27 3 0.243 -8.39
36 Jon Singleton 1B 95 362 310 13 42 44 2 0.168 -9.02
37 Tommy Medica 1B 102 259 240 9 31 27 6 0.233 -9.13
38 26 Yonder Alonso 1B 84 288 267 7 27 27 6 0.240 -10.40
39 38 Gaby Sanchez 1B 123 290 262 7 31 33 2 0.229 -10.42
40 5 Joey Votto 1B 62 272 220 6 32 23 1 0.255 -10.85
41 23 Nick Swisher 1B 97 401 360 8 33 42 0 0.208 -11.32
42 18 Kendrys Morales 1B 98 401 367 8 28 42 0 0.218 -11.54
43 Jeff Baker 1B 90 225 208 3 27 28 1 0.264 -11.63
44 Lyle Overbay 1B 121 296 258 4 24 35 2 0.233 -12.25
45 Chris Colabello 1B 59 220 205 6 17 39 0 0.229 -12.54
46 Adam Rosales 1B 56 181 164 4 20 19 4 0.262 -13.23
47 35 Justin Smoak 1B 80 276 248 7 28 30 0 0.202 -13.41
48 Eric Campbell 1B 85 211 190 3 16 16 3 0.263 -15.10
49 29 Mitch Moreland 1B 52 184 167 2 18 23 0 0.246 -15.42
50 3 Prince Fielder 1B 42 178 150 3 19 16 0 0.247 -15.87
51 Nate Freiman 1B 36 93 87 5 12 15 0 0.218 -16.91
52 Marc Krauss 1B 67 208 186 6 16 21 0 0.194 -16.91
53 39 Paul Konerko 1B 81 224 208 5 15 22 0 0.207 -17.06
54 Travis Ishikawa 1B 62 119 107 3 9 18 0 0.252 -17.13
55 Ben Paulsen 1B 31 66 63 4 8 10 0 0.317 -17.17
56 Tyler Moore 1B 42 100 91 4 8 14 0 0.231 -17.97
57 Justin Bour 1B 39 83 74 1 10 11 0 0.284 -18.15
58 Kyle Blanks 1B 26 66 55 2 10 7 0 0.309 -18.19
59 Jake Goebbert 1B 51 115 101 1 12 10 2 0.218 -18.75
60 Matt McBride 1B 21 34 31 2 6 6 0 0.226 -19.90
61 Dan Johnson 1B 15 48 38 1 8 7 0 0.211 -19.92
62 Matthew Clark 1B 16 31 27 3 4 7 0 0.185 -19.97
63 Nick Evans 1B 18 23 22 2 2 7 0 0.273 -20.18
64 Adam Duvall 1B 28 77 73 3 8 5 0 0.192 -20.26
65 Jesus Guzman 1B 69 184 165 2 10 9 3 0.188 -20.46
66 Mike Carp 1B 59 149 126 0 11 13 0 0.175 -20.87
67 Brad Snyder 1B 10 34 30 2 3 3 0 0.167 -21.34
68 Clint Robinson 1B 9 10 9 0 3 2 0 0.333 -21.42
69 Jesus Montero 1B 6 17 17 1 1 2 0 0.235 -21.69
70 40 Daric Barton 1B 30 64 57 0 7 5 0 0.158 -21.71
71 Christian Walker 1B 6 19 18 1 1 1 0 0.167 -22.13
72 Xavier Scruggs 1B 9 18 15 0 0 2 0 0.200 -22.35
73 Jack Hannahan 1B 26 50 48 0 3 2 0 0.188 -22.40
74 Carlos Pena 1B 18 63 59 1 4 2 1 0.136 -22.45
75 Kyle Parker 1B 18 26 26 0 1 1 0 0.192 -22.53
76 Jesus Aguilar 1B 19 38 33 0 2 3 0 0.121 -22.66
77 Jason Rogers 1B 8 10 9 0 0 0 0 0.111 -22.76
78 Neftali Soto 1B 21 31 30 0 1 1 1 0.100 -22.93
79 Andy Wilkins 1B 17 45 43 0 2 2 0 0.140 -22.96
80 Josh Satin 1B 25 43 35 0 2 3 0 0.086 -23.00
81 Greg Dobbs 1B 36 43 41 0 0 2 0 0.171 -23.00
82 Ryan Lavarnway 1B 9 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.000 -23.04





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No Brandon Moss?

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I just saw the explanation in Podhorzer’s review. I would think that should eliminate Victor Martinez and Ortiz from this list as their primary position was DH. Am I missing something else?