2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: First Base (1B) Best Value Picks. First Base (1B) Best Value Picks selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.
First Base (1B) Best Value Picks selections are based on players who offer the best value at their likely draft positions in 2011 fantasy baseball drafts. These best value players typically include players who have a history of successful seasons in the MLB, and because of their history are somewhat safer and more reliable draft picks for fantasy baseball teams entering the 2011 season.
Top 3 – First Base (1B) Best Value Picks 2011
Kendry Morales – LAA
After a huge breakout season in 2009, a freak injury abruptly ended Morales’ 2010 season. However, before the injury, Morales was well on his way to becoming one of the best run producing first basemen in the entire league. With health back on his side for the 2011 season, Morales who is often ranked outside of the top 10 fantasy baseball first basemen, should easily find his way back into the top 10 scoring 1B when the 2011 season is over.
2010 Major League Stats: 193 AB, 29 R, 11 HR, 39 RBI, 0 SB, .290 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 85 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 2 SB, .295 AVG
Adam Dunn – CWS
In terms of stat potential, Dunn is a much cheaper version of the more fantasy baseball popular Prince Fielder. Often ranked 5 spots after Prince Fielder in fantasy baseball 1B rankings, and drafted a good 20-30 spots after Fielder in fantasy baseball drafts to begin the 2011 season, there is no doubt that the fantasy baseball team who drafts Adam Dunn, is getting just as good of overall stat potential out of their 1B than the fantasy baseball team who drafted Prince Fielder 25 picks earlier.
2010 Major League Stats: 558 AB, 85 R, 38 HR, 103 RBI, 0 SB, .260 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 90 R, 40 HR, 110 RBI, 0 SB, .265 AVG
Adam Lind – Tor
Coming off of one bad season in 2010, and Lind’s fantasy baseball fans have seemingly disintegrated into thin air entering the 2011 season. After tallying 35 homeruns, 114 rbi, 93 runs scored, and a .305 batting average in 2009, Lind’s batting average took a tumble down to .237 for the 2010 season. However it seems more likely that Lind’s 2010 season is destined to be an outlier, as Lind’s history as a batter definitely begs for a return to 30 homerun, 90 rbi, and .290 batting average land in 2011. Entering the 2011 season typically ranked at or after the #20 spot among all fantasy baseball 1B, as well as having an overall ranking around #150, Lind no doubt offers huge value and potential for fantasy baseball teams who draft him with just a mid-late round pick. Lind offers the type of best value pick potential that often helps fantasy baseball teams win championships.
2010 Major League Stats: 569 AB, 57 R, 23 HR, 72 RBI, 0 SB, .237 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 80 R, 30 HR, 95 RBI, 0 SB, .280 AVG
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