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Top 10 First Basemen From Last Week (7/9/18 – 7/15/18)

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.

Here’s a look at standouts over the past week by First Basemen…

 

1. Ian Desmond – COL- 1B, OF (77%

.478 AVG, 5 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB

Season Stats: (94 GP) .235 AVG, 52 R, 18 HR, 56 RBI, 11 SB

It’s easy to forget how valuable Desmond was in fantasy just a short while ago, but we are talking about a legit power and steal threat that plays in Coors. A week of near .500 hitting doesn’t hurt either.

 

2. Jake Bauers – TB (15%)

.290 AVG, 8 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB

Season Stats: (36 GP) .252 AVG, 25 R, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 2 SB

Bauers has been a nice surprise so far. He is elevating the ball more, and he has always had good defensive and plate discipline skills, so adding some power at the big league level makes him a very interesting play going forward.

 

3. Greg Bird – NYY (44%)

.268 AVG, 4 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (42 GP) .214 AVG, 13 R, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB

Before the 2017 season started, if you asked what Yankee rookie was likely to have a big year, Bird would have been the logical answer. As long as he can stay healthy he has legitimate 30 plus home run power in a great lineup.

 

4. Joe Mauer – MIN (83%)

.367 AVG, 7 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (65 GP) .273 AVG, 32 R, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 0 SB

Mauer doesn’t go out swinging for the fences, but he knocked one over the centerfield wall last week just to prove he still can. Even at age 35, he can still hit for average.

 

5. Justin Smoak – TOR- 1B (99%)

.448 AVG, 3 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (88 GP) .245 AVG, 43 R, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 0 SB

Smoak didn’t have a blazing start to the season bu has definitely come alive as of recent. 5 of his home runs have come in his last 13 games, more than he had in any other month this year. Let’s see if he can stay hot after the break.  

 

6. C.J. Cron – TB (43%)

.393 AVG, 4 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (89 GP) .256 AVG, 45 R, 19 HR, 49 RBI, 1 SB

Most people did not see a breakout year coming from Cron. But here we are, more than half way through the season, and he has a season high in homers with a real shot at cracking at least 30. The Rays deserve some credit on that signing.

 

7. Albert Pujols – LAA (40%)

.417 AVG, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (86 GP) .251 AVG, 36 R, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 0 SB

The 38 year old Pujols has still got a few hits left in the tank, with 3 home runs last week. He’s aging, health is an issue right now with his knee and he’s probably the slowest player on the field, but he can still hit.

 

8. Josh Bell – PIT (45%)

.409 AVG, 6 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (96 GP) .261 AVG, 48 R, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 0 SB

Bell looks to be taking a corner as far as average goes. Earlier this season, neither power nor average was coming for Bell, and while the power is still minimal at this point, it could find it’s way after the hit tool.                

 

9. Jesus Aguilar – MIL (86%)

.222 AVG, 4 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (87 GP) .298 AVG, 49 R, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 0 SB

The Milwaukee Masher continues to tear the cover off the ball. Despite losing in the first round of the home run derby, he still leads the NL with 24. It’s been an eye-opening season when it comes to his power and his performance this season, and he certainly deserves the All-Star vote.

 

10. Max Muncy – LAD – 1B, 2B, 3B, OF (84%)

.280 AVG, 5 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (74 GP) .271 AVG, 44 R, 22 HR, 41 RBI, 2 SB

Muncy is another surprise, one that many did not expect to keep hitting, but here he is in the middle of July going to the All-Star game and entering the Home Run Derby while holding 4th place in the NL in home runs. To the Dodgers, and fantasy owners alike he has been extremely valuable this season.

 

 

 

 

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