If you look at our archive of fantasy first baseman rankings for 2015, you'll see we nailed a lot of it. Paul Goldschmidt kicked ass, Miguel Cabrera (barring injury) kicked ass, Edwin Encarnacion kicked ass, Jose Abreu kicked ass, Freddie Freeman kicked - oh... wait. Anyway, a lot of the other guys had great seasons, too, and those of you who trusted Albert Pujols to revert close to his old form were very happy with him. Who would have ever thought that Pujols would have been a great sleeper pick at any point in his career? And Chris Davis came back just like we predicted he would. There's a lot more on this archived list of fantasy first basemen, so use these stats to bolster your picks in 2016, too.
Sleeper Picks at First Base for 2015
First, let's get to some players that you shouldn't forget about come draft day - some of the guys who disappeared about the past year or so... namely, Prince Fielder. After missing just 8 games in 8 seasons, Prince Fielder was sidelined with an injury in 2014 that only allowed him to play (poorly) in 42 games. When he left, he was on pace for about 10-12 home runs. If Fielder is healthy in 2015 and still playing in Texas (probably as a frequent DH to boot), we just can't see him hitting any less than .270 with 25 HR. Depending on the cast around him, he may not drive in or score more than 85 runs, but we just thought we'd remind you that Prince Fielder is still a viable option as a fantasy first baseman, and he may come at a bargain in 2015.
Jon Singleton was all-or-nothing for the Houston Astros in 2014. He was good enough to record 310 at bats in 95 games, but he only hit .168 with 134 strikeouts. On the flip-side, he also hit 13 HR with 44 RBI. He's also clearly too good to continue to play in the minors (he hit .267 with 14 HR, with 43 RBI in 54 games in AAA), so he's going to land somewhere in the major leagues this season. Throughout his minor league career, he steadily improved every season as he learned each new level. He's only 23 years old, so he's well on his way. Draft him late - like last round only, but don't be surprised to see Mark Reynolds-like numbers.
Kennys Vargas is like a second chance for the Twins to redeem themselves for David Ortiz. Vargas is a classic, no-patience power hitter who needs to learn to take a pitch. He hit .274, but he also only walked 12 times while striking out 63 times in just 53 games (215 at bats). He's 24 years old this season, and th esooner he learns to take a pitch, the better, because major league pitchers will figure out his weaknesses at the plate very quickly. He's in a solid lineup in Minnesota, so he'll have plenty of chances to put up big numbers.
Top 20 Fantasy First Basemen: Runs
Top 20 Fantasy First Basemen: Home Runs (HR)
Top 20 Fantasy First Basemen: RBI