The first baseman position is the deepest in baseball and more often than not, fantasy owners will own more than one first baseman in their line-up as they are critical to their power numbers like homeruns and runs batted in.
1. Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
The best first baseman since he joined the league has to be Pujols. He may be 33, but his numbers still are impressive with an average of almost 40 home runs and 120 RBIs in his career. He may have started off slow in 2012, but still had 30 homers and drove in 105 RBIs. He is now used to the bigger parks of the AL West and can feast on the pitching of the Houston Astros to drive his numbers back up to 40 homers and at least 115 RBIs.
2. Prince Fielder – Detroit Tigers
It was a down year for the slugger in 2012 with only 30 homers and 108 RBIs. His .313 BA helped his value during his power outages, but 40 home runs will be the new norm for the No. 2 in the 1-2 combo of Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the three and four holes in 2013.
3. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays
It was a breakout year in 2012 for the young slugger who is now entering his prime with 42 home runs and 110 RBIs in 542 at-bats. He hit only .280, but reached base at a .384 clip. Most of those numbers came without teammate Jose Bautista in the lineup, so expect a rise in those numbers when they play consistently with each other (barring any setbacks).
4. Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
Teixeira has made it interesting with slow Aprils in the last two years, but even an aging Yankees squad is still a solid on-base group. He will have many opportunities to drive in runs, but his average will probably slip into the .240 range. His power numbers will stay about the same, but his OBP will also suffer due to his strikeout totals.
5. Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals
Mainly a DH, Butler is still eligible to play first base in 2013, according to ESPN.com. The 26-year-old is just getting better and better with age. In 2012, he hit .313 with 29 homeruns and 107 RBIs. His OBP rose to .373 from .361 in 2011. In 2013, expect a DH/1B who will play his heart out and reach base at a .380 clip and hit over 30 homers and drive in 110 runs or more.
6. Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
A catcher who can also fill in at first base is really common in today’s game and Santana is no exception. He can be a great force at first base, especially if he can average 20 homers and at least 90 RBIs over the next couple seasons in the Indians lineup.
7. Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
Mauer may be a little iffy as a first baseman, but he will get the occasional start there when Ryan Doumit is catching and they need him in the lineup. He will get on base almost 40 percent of the time and will help your batting average and run categories if he can remain healthy for most of the 2013 season.
8. Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals
The young infielder had trouble getting hits with a .232 average in 535 at-bats in 2012. In 2013, look for that number to rise along with his stolen bases and his power numbers. He is definitely a 20-20 guy, but needs to show consistent improvement to be in the everyday lineup.
9. Mark Trumbo – Los Angeles Angels
Trumbo gains due to the addition of Josh Hamilton. He may be a free swinger, but can drive in over 100 runs while hitting close to .265. He may strikeout a lot throughout his career, but he is a must add due to his position in the Angeles lineup.
10. Paul Konerko – Chicago White Sox
The 37-year-old is still one of the most productive first basemen in the majors. He has a quality lineup surrounding him and has help from U.S. Cellular Field to pad his numbers. The numbers might drop off for Konerko in the future, but expect a .290 average with at least 25 home runs and about 90 RBIs in 2013.