Good heavens is there a lot of value at first base. The top five players combined for 170 home runs in 2016 and feature three players (Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Cabrera) who are top 15 in the NFBC ADP. Paul Goldschmidt leads the way after a 2016 campaign with .297/.411/.489 splits and 24 home runs. Where Goldschmidt separates himself from the pack is the work he does on the base paths. Goldschmidt had 32 stolen bases and walked 110 times to soften the blow of 150 strikeouts.
This is impressive for a player with that type of power, especially considering he was the only first basemen in the top 10 in MLB in steals. This is not to say Anthony Rizzo is a slouch by any means – Rizzo is still only 26, hit 8 more home runs than Goldschmidt, and has the protection of that great Cubs lineup. Edwin Encarnacion joins a better lineup overall in Cleveland after hitting 42(!) home runs in Toronto and Miguel Cabrera is still Miguel Cabrera.
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The second tier of first base is enticing with the likes of Wil Myers, Albert Pujols, Carlos Santana, and Mark Trumbo who all had major production in 2016. These are players who all have ADPs of 55 and later with Pujols going as late as 136. Plenty of fantasy value to be had at first base.