|DeepLeaguer 1B Rankings: High School Mark Grace Approved|
The Preseason Deep Leaguer Team features players that lurk just beyond the top of the rankings. Guys that you can find later in drafts that have potential to give you "top ten" value at a position without spending a "top ten" price.
So by that logic, when considering players for the team, Rotofunk and myself will automatically exclude the guys at the top of the list. We know Robinson Cano is great already, but have you met (insert lesser known second basemen here)?
Now it's time to focus on first base. Usually the deepest infield position as far as fantasy talent goes, most managers look to first base as a source of power. But what if you forego the position early in the draft? What sort of value is out there? Let's break down those possible gems whether you need a starter late or just a valuable bat to fill the UTIL slot in your lineup.
Once again, we'll go ahead and exclude the top 12 from consideration here.
- Albert Pujols, LAA
- Joey Votto, CIN
- Prince Fielder, DET
- Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
- Adrian Gonzalez, LAD
- Billy Butler, KC
- Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
- Buster Posey, SF
- Allen Craig, STL
- Mark Teixeira, NYY
- Freddie Freeman, ATL
- Anthony Rizzo, CHC
Kevin Youkillis , NYY - Do I want to go into 2013 with YOUUUUUUK as my starting 3B? Absolutely not. But for a guy going around pick 270 in standard leagues, there is some upside here. Youk has always had a great eye and taken a bunch of walks. That fits in pretty well with what the Yankees have historically liked to do. There should be ample opportunities for Youk to knock in runs in the Yankee lineup, and the change of scenery and playing for Girardi might make his hot-headedness and hard-nosed playing style a benefit instead of a burden. A guy in the late stages of the draft that can play 3B and 1B in a pinch? Take a shot.