Turn Two – First Basemen











2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball


- First Basemen -


Last year we brought you “Five to Watch” for each position including prospects. They were the players that we found interesting at each position, ones you needed to keep an eye on during the spring before considering for your fantasy baseball team.

This year we give you two players at each position outside the top 10 that you can TURN inTO starters and win your fantasy baseball league championship. 2 players from each position we think you should watch closely this spring and plan accordingly. of course it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Homemade Fresh Chorizo

Timing is Everything/Be Flexible is just one of the 2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Drafting Strategies and many would say the most important.

We are not saying go out and get ALL these guys, just remember them when the time comes, and if you are looking to fill a need, or backup your projected starter, consider them and if the time is right and they are available, pull the trigger.



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First Basemen


First Base tends to always be the deepest of positions. That’s because it is the place great hitters who can’t field go to play. It’s so deep that you will probably end up with two, if not three 1B-eligible players and you might end up starting them all. You can win without drafting a top tier first baseman, but don’t wait too long or you will get left out.

It is difficult to win your league without a stud first bagger. Many teams will start to panic when the top three are of the board, but don’t worry there are many to choose from and if you don’t get one of the top 5, you can fill this position while hopefully getting power from another position.

How many players from that position you draft depends on your league settings. Make sure that when you are mapping out how many total first basemen will be drafted, consider the bunch of two-position players (C/1B and OF/1B mostly) and the utility spots, which most teams fill up with sluggers from the first base position.

There are some intriguing options once the top two tiers are gone, and because you will most likely roster more than one first basemen, here are two you can turn into fantasy gold.


1. Adam LaRoche (White Sox)



Adam has hit 20 or more home runs in every season since his rookie year, (except for 2011). Last year he hit 26 with 92 RBIs playing in Nats Park. This year he gets to play half his games in hitter friendly U.S. Cellular Field. The park factor numbers from fangraphs.com show that as a lefty hitter in Cellular Field he gains a considerable overall advantage. Now his is no spring chicken and probably shouldn’t be counted on to be your everyday starter, but he will be drafted in your league, and why not for your squad?

If you are planning on drafting players who qualify elsewhere and play them at other positions, i.e Frazier and Santana as third basemen, Posey as a catcher, Ortiz at DH, or if you are going to gamble on 1Bs like Fielder, Freeman, and Davis, you need to have depth at first base. Adam is ideal for this.


He will probably quietly get you 25+ HRs and 75+ RBIs as a fill in for an injured starter or matchup guy. He won’t hit for great average, but won’t hurt you in that department either.

Where to Draft

Adam is ranked as around the #14 first baseman, and a case can be made for him being drafted in the top 125, meaning in a 12-team league that’s in the middle rounds 10-12.



2. Brandon Moss (Indians)



Moss was a tale of two halfs last season. In the first-half he hit 21 home runs and 66 RBIs, while batting a respectable .268. The second-half was a disaster as he only hit four home runs and saw his batting average drop to .173. A hip injury, that we did not find out about until late September, was probably a big reason for the dip in numbers, despite Moss saying he didn’t want to use that as an excuse. The hip injury did require surgery, but he is expected to be fully recovered to start the season. He now is going to play in Cleveland which is no Oakland and better for hitters.


We don’t think it is out of the question to expect 25-30 HRs and more than 75 RBIs. Like Adam, he won’t win you a batting title, but won’t bring your average down too much.

Where to Draft

He will be a popular sleeper going into your draft. This means he will probably not be there much longer after the top 125 are gone. This is probably about where you should feel comfortable drafting him. If he is still available in round 11, you got a steal as your DH.


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  1. Miguel Cabrera
  2. Jose Abreu
  3. Paul Goldschmidt
  4. Edwin Encarnacion
  5. Jose Bautista
  6. Freddie Freeman
  7. Adrian Gonzalez
  8. Todd Frazier
  9. Albert Pujols
  10. Chris Davis


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Homemade Fresh Chorizo



6 dried New Mexico chiles
8 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds ground pork



Heat a large dry cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chiles; toast, turning often, until just fragrant, about 1 minute.

Remove from pan and let cool.

Using kitchen scissors and working over a medium bowl, cut chiles into 1″ rings, reserving seeds and discarding stems.

Cover with 1/2 cup hot water; let soak, stirring occasionally, until chiles are soft and pliable, about 10 minutes.

Transfer chiles with seeds and soaking liquid to a blender.

Add garlic, paprika, 1Tbsp. salt, and pepper; pulse until a paste forms.

Combine pork and chile paste in a large bowl.

Gently mix until just blended (do not overwork the meat).

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Working in 2 batches, cook chorizo until cooked through, 7–8 minutes.

(Be sure to let meat brown before turning and breaking it up into small pieces with a spoon or spatula.)

Season with salt.

DO AHEAD: Chorizo can be made 1 day ahead.Cover and chill.

Rewarm before serving




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