The Top 5 Keeper First Basemen isn’t always an easy list to figure out, as first base is widely considered the deepest position in fantasy baseball. There are always a few players that really stand out from the pack though, and make and early draft choice worth even more. With the Fantasy Baseball 2009 season about to begin, there are several first basemen that could really play an integral role in carrying a fantasy team, and some that will look to put up even better stats in 2009 then they did in 2008.
#1 Keeper First Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Pujols had another amazing year in 2008, ending with a .357 average, 37 home runs and 116 RBI. For Pujols it was a below-average season in regards to the RBI totals, but it was still good enough to garner a National League MVP award. Look for Pujols to put up even better power numbers in 2009, and with a clean bill of health, he is still the best first baseman, and possibly even the best hitter that can be drafted in fantasy baseball.
#2 Keeper First Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
Putting Teixeira in the big spotlight in New York may cause him to slump a little early on, but he certainly at the peak of his career right now. This could potentially end up being his best season as a professional, and being in that Yankee line-up will only pad his statistics even more. He finished 2009 with a .308 average, 22 home runs and 121 RBI, but he could probably dwarf those numbers in the 2009 season. Look for him to get on base more, and score 100+ runs as well as knock in 120+.
#3 Keeper First Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Cabrera is still really young (only 25 years old), and could still be coming in to the best years of his career. For the Tigers last season, he his .292 with 37 home runs and 127 RBI, but could end up hitting even better with the Tigers looking to compete in 2009. It’s not out of reach for him to get back to a .310 average with 40+ home runs and 130+ RBI in the upcoming season for a monster Tigers line-up.
#4 Keeper First Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Fresh of winning the World Series, Howard got himself a brand new contract, and will surely put up some great home run numbers again in 2009. He strikes out a lot, but if your league doesn’t track that, then there is no downside to having Howard on the team. In 2008 he put up 48 home runs and 146 RBI, and could look to duplicate that or do even better in the 2009 season. He still has some hot hitters ahead of him in the line-up, and could be a masher for any fantasy team.
#5 Keeper First Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
Fielder got his big payday in the off season after putting up 34 home runs and 102 RBI, but now will be a happy player rather than sulking superstar. Look for his power numbers to increase over the next few seasons, and for him to hit 40+ home runs as well as rack up 115+ RBI in that span as well.
Source of Statistics: www.mlb.com