Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Base

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These 2019 fantasy baseball weekly rankings are posted and updated leading up to the start of a new week. Weekly periods are usually Monday to Sunday. Notes may be added during the week for signficant player news. Probable opposing starting pitchers are displayed for future games. Player stats are displayed once available.

Updated May 19
First Base
RankName05-2005-2105-2205-2305-2405-2505-26Stats May 5 to May 19 + Comments
Tier 1
1Cody Bellinger, LAD [OF]  4 @TB:
H. Wood
1-3 · R · 2 BB
@TB:
R. Stanek
 @PIT:
J. Musgrove
@PIT:
J. Musgrove
@PIT:
C. Archer
17-45 (.378/.472/.644) · 3 HR · 10 R · 6 RBI · SB · 9 K · 8 BB

Two weeks ago we said he might move to #1 soon. And here we are. 3 more homers last week. (5/19)

2Freddie Freeman, ATL 3 @SF:
A. Suarez
1-3 · BB
3 @SF:
S. Anderson
1-5 · RBI · K
@SF:
J. Samardzija
@SF:
M. Bumgarner
@STL:
M. Mikolas
@STL:
J. Flaherty
@STL:
D. Hudson
18-53 (.340/.364/.717) · 5 HR · 9 R · 10 RBI · 11 K · 2 BB

3Josh Bell, PIT  4 COL:
G. Marquez
0-4 · K
COL:
J. Gray
COL:
A. Senzatela
LAD:
W. Buehler
LAD:
H. Ryu
LAD:
K. Maeda
23-55 (.418/.475/.836) · 6 HR · 12 R · 19 RBI · 10 K · 6 BB

A big move up but well deserved. Bell's ranked top 10 every week this season except one. (5/19)

4Paul Goldschmidt, STL  KC:
H. Bailey
2 KC:
H. Bailey
0-2
 ATL:
M. Foltynewicz
ATL:
M. Soroka
ATL:
J. Teheran
14-50 (.280/.419/.360) · HR · 9 R · 5 RBI · 16 K · 12 BB

Still a top player, but some down weeks and no longer the top first baseman. (5/19)

Tier 2
5Anthony Rizzo, CHC 3 PHI:
J. Arrieta
3-5 · RBI
3 PHI:
Z. Eflin
1-4 · R · BB
PHI:
C. Irvin
PHI:
A. Nola
CIN:
A. DeSclafani
CIN:
T. Mahle
CIN:
T. Roark
10-40 (.250/.362/.500) · 3 HR · 5 R · 7 RBI · 6 K · 5 BB

Missed a couple games last week with back stiffness, returned Friday. (5/19)

6Joey Gallo, TEX [OF] 5 SEA:
M. Leake
2-3 · HR · 2 R · RBI · K · BB
5 SEA:
T. Milone
2-3 · HR · 2 R · 2 RBI · K · BB
SEA:
M. Gonzales
 @LAA:
G. Canning
@LAA:
T. Skaggs
@LAA:
A. Heaney
13-44 (.295/.415/.568) · 2 HR · 9 R · 6 RBI · 2 SB · 22 K · 9 BB

This may come as a surprise but Gallo's SO% is only down slightly from last season. Walk rate is up 7%. (5/19)

7Jose Abreu, CWS 3 @HOU:
B. Peacock
1-4
3 @HOU:
J. Verlander
1-4 · HR · R · RBI · K
@HOU:
G. Cole
@HOU:
C. Martin
@MIN:
J. Berrios
@MIN:
K. Gibson
@MIN:
J. Odorizzi
10-53 (.189/.189/.415) · 3 HR · 5 R · 6 RBI · 16 K

Cold spell last couple weeks. (5/19)

Tier 3
8Edwin Encarnacion, SEA 3 @TEX:
M. Minor
2-4 · 3 R · RBI · K · BB
4 @TEX:
L. Lynn
1-4 · R
3 @TEX:
J. Chavez
0-1
 @OAK:
D. Mengden
@OAK:
M. Fiers
@OAK:
B. Anderson
15-50 (.300/.386/.600) · 4 HR · 10 R · 12 RBI · 7 K · 7 BB

Swinging a hot bat. Hit his 11th and 12th HR for the season at NYY. (5/10)

9Pete Alonso, NYM 4 WAS:
P. Corbin
1-3 · HR · R · RBI · K
4 WAS:
E. Fedde
1-3 · HR · R · RBI
WAS:
M. Scherzer
WAS:
S. Strasburg
DET:
G. Soto
DET:
N. Ramirez
DET:
S. Turnbull
7-42 (.167/.239/.452) · 4 HR · 7 R · 7 RBI · 11 K · 3 BB

Cooled a bit from hot start but still an every week starter. (5/19)

10Luke Voit, NYY 3 @BAL:
A. Cashner
2-4 · R · K · BB
2 @BAL:
D. Hess
2-5 · R · 2 K
@BAL:
D. Straily
@BAL:
D. Bundy
@KC:
J. Junis
@KC:
D. Duffy
@KC:
J. Lopez
8-41 (.195/.340/.390) · 2 HR · 6 R · 7 RBI · 14 K · 7 BB

Some tasty matchups this week. (5/19)

11Jesus Aguilar, MIL  9c CIN:
S. Gray
0-1 · K
CIN:
L. Castillo
 PHI:
J. Eickhoff
PHI:
J. Arrieta
PHI:
Z. Eflin
11-38 (.289/.426/.342) · 4 R · 9 RBI · 9 K · 8 BB

Looks like he is coming around. No, that isn't the first time we've said that. (5/19)

12Mitch Moreland, BOS 3 @TOR:
E. Jackson
3-5 · 3 R
3 @TOR:
M. Stroman
1-4 · HR · R · RBI · 2 K · BB
@TOR:
A. Sanchez
@TOR:
J. Biagini
@HOU:
W. Miley
@HOU:
B. Peacock
@HOU:
J. Verlander
9-30 (.300/.447/.667) · 3 HR · 6 R · 12 RBI · SB · 7 K · 8 BB

Big move up into tier 3. Making a difference in a relatively shallow fantasy position. (5/19)

13Joey Votto, CIN  2 @MIL:
G. Gonzalez
1-4 · K
2 @MIL:
Z. Davies
0-2 · 2 K
 @CHC:
K. Hendricks
@CHC:
Y. Darvish
@CHC:
J. Quintana
10-51 (.196/.317/.294) · HR · 8 R · 3 RBI · 12 K · 7 BB

Lets hold the line on Votto in this tier for one more week, but could move down further if he doesn't pick it up. (5/19)

Tier 4
14Eric Hosmer, SD 4 ARI:
L. Weaver
0-4 · 2 K
4 ARI:
Z. Greinke
1-3 · HR · R · 2 RBI · K
ARI:
M. Kelly
 @TOR:
T. Thornton
@TOR:
TBD
@TOR:
M. Stroman
15-48 (.313/.389/.417) · HR · 7 R · 4 RBI · 10 K · 5 BB

15C.J. Cron, MIN @LAA:
T. Cole
5 @LAA:
T. Cahill
0-4 · K · BB
@LAA:
M. Harvey
 CWS:
R. Lopez
CWS:
M. Banuelos
CWS:
D. Covey
15-52 (.288/.373/.596) · 5 HR · 10 R · 9 RBI · 15 K · 5 BB

16Brandon Belt, SF 4 ATL:
M. Soroka
0-3 · 2 K
4 ATL:
J. Teheran
0-4
ATL:
M. Fried
ATL:
K. Gausman
ARI:
R. Ray
ARI:
T. Clarke
ARI:
Z. Greinke
9-28 (.321/.441/.679) · 2 HR · 6 R · 3 RBI · 5 K · 6 BB

Average, but a consistent producer. (5/19)

17Carlos Santana, CLE 3 OAK:
B. Anderson
1-3 · BB
3 OAK:
C. Bassitt
1-2 · HR · R · RBI · K · 2 BB
3 OAK:
F. Montas
1-1
TB:
B. Snell
TB:
C. Morton
TB:
R. Stanek
TB:
R. Stanek
11-51 (.216/.322/.392) · 2 HR · 6 R · 8 RBI · 7 K · 8 BB

18Miguel Cabrera, DET  4 MIA:
C. Smith
2-4 · 2 RBI
MIA:
J. Urena
MIA:
T. Richards
@NYM:
N. Syndergaard
@NYM:
J. Vargas
@NYM:
Z. Wheeler
12-41 (.293/.370/.366) · 3 R · 4 RBI · 9 K · 5 BB

Nice average. Where are the homers Miggy? (5/19)

19Christian Walker, ARI 5 @SD:
C. Paddack
0-4 · 3 K
5 @SD:
M. Strahm
1-4 · K
@SD:
E. Lauer
 @SF:
D. Pomeranz
@SF:
S. Anderson
@SF:
S. Anderson
9-47 (.191/.283/.340) · HR · 5 R · 2 RBI · 17 K · 5 BB

Tier 5
20Ian Desmond, COL [OF]  7 @PIT:
C. Archer
1-2 · R · 2 BB
@PIT:
M. DuRapau
@PIT:
J. Lyles
BAL:
J. Means
BAL:
A. Cashner
BAL:
D. Hess
9-26 (.346/.469/.769) · 2 HR · 6 R · 6 RBI · 9 K · 5 BB

21Matt Olson, OAK 3 @CLE:
C. Carrasco
2-3 · HR · R · RBI · BB
3 @CLE:
T. Bauer
1-5 · R · K
4 @CLE:
J. Rodriguez
1-1 · R · BB
 SEA:
W. LeBlanc
SEA:
Y. Kikuchi
SEA:
M. Leake
9-42 (.214/.283/.452) · 3 HR · 6 R · 4 RBI · 14 K · 3 BB

22Jake Bauers, CLE [OF] 4a OAK:
B. Anderson
0-1 · K
6 OAK:
C. Bassitt
1-4 · K
4 OAK:
F. Montas
0-1 · K
TB:
B. Snell
TB:
C. Morton
TB:
R. Stanek
TB:
R. Stanek
9-46 (.196/.315/.304) · HR · 4 R · 3 RBI · 12 K · 7 BB

23Daniel Vogelbach, SEA 5a @TEX:
M. Minor
2-2 · HR · 2 R · 2 RBI
3 @TEX:
L. Lynn
0-3 · R · K · BB
2 @TEX:
J. Chavez
0-1
 @OAK:
D. Mengden
@OAK:
M. Fiers
@OAK:
B. Anderson
9-44 (.205/.286/.500) · 4 HR · 10 R · 11 RBI · 13 K · 5 BB

Memories of that hot start are fading. (5/19)

24Eric Thames, MIL  5 CIN:
S. Gray
0-4 · 2 K
4 CIN:
L. Castillo
0-2 · K
 PHI:
J. Eickhoff
PHI:
J. Arrieta
PHI:
Z. Eflin
5-23 (.217/.471/.348) · 3 R · 2 RBI · SB · 12 K · 11 BB

25Justin Smoak, TOR 3 BOS:
D. Price
1-4 · 2 K
3 BOS:
E. Rodriguez
0-3 · R · BB
BOS:
R. Porcello
BOS:
R. Weber
SD:
J. Lucchesi
SD:
C. Quantrill
SD:
C. Paddack
4-31 (.129/.413/.258) · HR · 4 R · 2 RBI · 6 K · 15 BB

Occasional homer, but droppable in 12-team mixed leagues. (5/19)

Tier 6
26Nate Lowe, TB  LAD:
C. Kershaw
LAD:
R. Hill
@CLE:
A. Plutko
@CLE:
S. Bieber
@CLE:
C. Carrasco
@CLE:
T. Bauer
4-12 (.333/.385/.417) · 2 R · 4 K · BB

Sent down. Not that he wasn't doing well but Rays want him in AAA longer. He'll be back, timing depending on needs of the team due to injury. (5/10)

27Ryan Zimmerman, WAS @NYM:
W. Font
@NYM:
Z. Wheeler
@NYM:
J. Degrom
@NYM:
S. Matz
MIA:
P. Lopez
MIA:
S. Alcantara
MIA:
C. Smith

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