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Top 10 First Basemen From Last Week (7/16/18-7/22/18)

Normally a position with deep player potential, there were a few players who started to come alive and reassure their owners they will get value. A few deep league hot bats made some noise this week as well.

 

1. Ryon Healy – SEA – 1B, 3B (34%)

.429 AVG, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (82 GP) .244 AVG, 36 R, 20 HR, 53 RBI, 0 SB

Healy has shown the pop this season with 20 home runs already. He’s done well for the Mariners, primarily as a power hitter with low average, but it’s been a value they needed to fill. Still, he is not the Mariners long-term solution at first.

 

2. Rhys Hoskins – PHI – 1B, OF (97%)

.220 AVG, 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (89 GP) .252 AVG, 53 R, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 4 SB

Hoskins drove in 5 last week to surpass the 60 RBI mark on the season and put himself within range of a 100 RBI on the season. Despite a slow May, he did hit .312 in June and still has shown off his 30 home-run power over the course of the season.

 

3. Lucas Duda – KC (8%)

.500 AVG, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (59 GP) .246 AVG, 22 R, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB

Duda’s season has been shortened by injury, but he continues to be as advertised: a cheap, low batting average source of power when he does play.

 

4. Ian Desmond – COL – 1B, OF (80%)

.333 AVG, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Season Stats: (97 GP) .238 AVG, 55 R, 19 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB

People are starting to notice, but Desmond is having a decent season. He’s on pace to approach 30/20 on the season, and despite the low batting average, that still holds a lot of value. Especially if you are punting batting average as part of your strategy, he’s someone you should be targeting.

 

5. Edwin Encarnacion – CLE (97%)

.500 AVG, 4 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (88 GP) .233 AVG, 52 R, 22 HR, 68 RBI, 0 SB

EE has had a bit of a low BABIP this year, contributing to a lower than normal average. However, if you drafted him, it was most likely for the consistent 35-40 home runs you were expecting and he’s on pace to match that yet again.

 

6. Anthony Rizzo – CHC – 1B, 2B (99%)

.600 AVG, 2 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (88 GP) .262 AVG, 40 R, 12 HR, 64 RBI, 4 SB

The lack of power on Rizzo’s part has been a little bit concerning, but he has been picking up in the average department. Even if he’s no longer a 30 home run hitter he still has value, and if you’re even slotting him in at second, you’re doing alright.

 

7. Matt Olson – OAK – 1B, OF (79%)

.300 AVG, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (100 GP) .237 AVG, 53 R, 21 HR, 49 RBI, 2 SB

Olson has continued to mash the ball, with a phenomenal hard hit rate, and a two home-run game that shot him up this list. He has a ton of raw power, and could even see an increase in the second half as he finds his rhythm.

 

8. Yonder Alonso – CLE – (32%)

.250 AVG, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (88 GP) .245 AVG, 41 R, 15 HR, 52 RBI, 0 SB

Alonso found his power stroke last week with a couple homers that drove his season numbers back up. His average might have been compromised, but the trade off for the 31 year old has meant 25-30 home run power.

 

9. Carlos Santana – CLE – (80%)

.222 AVG, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (98 GP) .209 AVG, 55 R, 15 HR, 57 RBI, 1 SB

Santana has not had the season he is wishing for, with his average taking a steep, steep drop off over last year. His power, however, has remained as he is on pace for another 25 plus home run season.

 

10. Josh Bell – PIT – (48%)

.500 AVG, 3 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (99 GP) .269 AVG, 51 R, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 0 SB

In July, Bell has started pulling the ball more, hitting more line drives, and hitting the ball with more authority, leading to a .362 average on the month and hopefully the start of a turnaround second half for Bell.

 

 

 

 

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