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The Wheelhouse: First Base Tiers

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

The abundance of league-wide power makes first base one of the deeper positions in the pool again in 2018. There are 22 players at the position who finished with 25 or more home runs last season. If Matt Olson and Rhys Hoskins had been in the big leagues for a longer period of time, that total would have almost certainly been 24.

While that surplus of affordable power makes the idea of waiting to address the position seem appealing, there are plenty of questions about the reliability of many of those players outside the top dozen or so.

Iím looking at first basemen in five groups, there are different combinations of skills and risk up and down the board.

(Note: the full list is available at the bottom of this article.)

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