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Ranking The Top 5 DFS First Basemen Of 2020

Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers

What a monster season 2019 was for Cody Bellinger. The 24-year-old racked up 47 long-balls, 34 doubles, 115 RBI, 121 runs, and 15 stolen bags. Even with all the power, he hit .305 and walked 95 times, earning the NL MVP Award.

Bellinger’s .324 ISO (eighth-best in MLB) and .415 wOBA (sixth-best) are impressive. He’s predominantly an outfielder, but with 36 games at first base last season, he’s eligible at the position. With Mookie Betts slated to hit in front of Bellinger, there’s no telling what kind of season the star is in for.

Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves

With Bellinger taking home the Silver Slugger Award in the outfield, Freddie Freeman scored the trophy for first base. Freeman who is an MLB public betting favorite, popped off for career-highs in homers (38), RBI (121), and runs (113) last season. His power stroke was a bit streaky last season, as he tallied three homers in July and 11 in August, for example.

The big lefty has always been a dominant bat. We were just waiting for the Atlanta Braves to get some pieces around the slugger. With Ronald Acuna setting the table ahead of him, Freeman is slated for another huge season.

Pete Alonso – New York Mets

Why teams continued to pitch to Pete Alonso in 2019 is beyond me. Alonso accounted for 53 of the team’s 242 homers last season (nearly 22 percent). The 25-year-old can move MLB odds just by walking up to the plate. He thrashed his rookie competition and easily took home the Rookie Of The Year Award.

Alonso would be worth ranking in the top tier with Freeman and Bellinger if he had a better supporting cast. This limits his daily fantasy output. If teams wise up and start pitching around Alonso, then we may see a drastic cut in his fantasy salary. If this happens, then start riding him while he’s cheap! Alonso managed to compile 120 RBI, 103 runs, and 85 total extra-base hits in 2019. His power stroke was incredibly consistent last season and he looks like the league’s next major slugger.

Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals

You may be surprised to see the St. Louis Cardinals slugger on this list after he hit .260 with 34 homers, 97 RBI, and 97 runs last season. It’s also worth noting that Paul Goldschmidt has completely stopped swiping bags, but he’s far from done and the advanced stats prove it.

Goldschmidt’s .302 BABIP in 2019 was easily the lowest of his career. On top of that, he posted his best hard hit rate ever at 47.5 percent. Last season was all about getting his bearings after joining a new club. There’s no evidence that Goldschmidt is declining yet. If DFS formats have him cheap to start the season, then you should pounce. It’s also worth noting that if he’s ever going to swipe a bag, it’ll happen early in the season while the legs are fresh.

Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

This was a tough selection. With guys like Anthony Rizzo, Matt Olson, and Josh Bell just missing the cut, Jose Abreu slides in at number-five. The Chicago White Sox successfully re-signed Abreu in the offseason, while also adding free agents Edwin Encarnacion and Yasmani Grandal. This offense just got really scary.

Abreu’s very consistent and went off for 33 homers, 38 doubles, 180 hits (.284 average), and a career-high 123 RBI. He also posted a career-high 40.7 percent hard hit rate and a career-low 15.7 percent soft hit rate in 2019. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada had a lot to do with Abreu’s RBI spike, so expect a run surge in 2020 with Grandal and Encarnacion being added. Let’s not forget about the young Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert. This is the best offense that Abreu has ever been a part of, so expect his best offensive output yet.

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