Dynasty Rankings - First Base May 2022


The first month of the season is in the books. We've seen some good baseball so far, unless you're a Reds fan I guess, and there has been plenty to follow in fantasy baseball. We have a couple of surprising division leaders after one month, everyone's favorite prospect is leading the league in stolen bases, Mike Trout and Byron Buxton are healthy (knock on wood) - what a time to be alive. Here at the Dynasty Locker Room we've been tracking all of it, and as part of our regular weekly lineup we're here to deliver another updated positional ranking. Joining me this week to break down our rankings for First Base are Tyler, writer of the Waiver Wire Column, and Karleton of the Who's Hot and Who's Not column. Be sure to check out the podcast for insights in to who we're watching, the prospects we're keeping an eye on, and updates on all things fantasy baseball.


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Where to begin - I'm glad we were all on the same page with the top four here - this seems like pretty consensus stuff. All hail King Vlad - he continues to mash the baseball this season picking up right where he led off last season. Freddie Freeman and Matt Olson are new faces in new places, and while Freddie was already holding a firm grip on his spot, Matt Olson picked up Freeman's torch in Atlanta and is running with it so far - even if the HR totals haven't wowed us yet. There's a ton to love about the Polar Bear, but his inability to post strong average and OBP lines keep him at number four and I worry that he never tops 40 HR again. Here's where it gets dicy between the three of us. Spencer Torkelson is the future of the position - he may be struggling to start the season, but I like him leaps and bounds ahead of Ryan Mountcastle in my personal opinion. He's also had quite a bit of bad luck as he's posting exit velocities and barrel rates well above the major league average, look for him to turn it around as the months heat up. On the flip side, still within the top ten, I may be off base on Jose Abreu. There's a chance I could be buying in too hard on the former MVP's decline here - my cohorts have him a couple spots higher than I do, and the advanced metrics show that he's do for some positive regression in a big way. Only time will tell.


How can we not continue to talk about Ty France - he was a breakout candidate to start the year and has absolutely lived up to our expectations so far even if Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic haven't in the Mariners lineup. Meanwhile, CJ Cron continues to mash baseballs - business as usual here. Quite a few differing opinions in this range as well - I'm buying the positive regression on Max Muncy, but I wonder how long he'll keep his eligibility at first now that Freddie is in the fold. Andrew Vaughn was a player that I planted my flag in at the beginning of the season, and he has looked every bit of the hitter that I thought he could be. His stats have finally caught up to the advanced metrics, and eventually my counterparts' rankings will reflect that. In hindsight it looks like I continue to be in the wrong about Anthony Rizzo. His season so far in the Bronx has put the Yankees in first place and has resurrected his career over night - good on owners for continuing to believe where I have not.


In the third leg of our rankings we finally see the emergence of the rest of the prospects, though I'm a bit perplexed at where Triston Casas wound up in the average rankings. He may be blocked by Bobby Dalbec at the moment, but lets not forget the prospect pedigree and production we've seen from Casas to date. Speaking of prospects, when are we going to see Alex Kiriloff live up to the lofty expectations? With injuries and a lack of consistent success at the dish, it may be fair to wonder when the player we saw in the minors will emerge. I'd like to see a stretch of healthy play before I write him off for good. There are some other streamer worthy candidates in this range, but I'd rather talk about the trio of prospects in the American League Central. Nick Pratto exploded for 36 HRs last season, and it's a matter of time before he's up with the Royals if he continues to hit at an OPS over .800. Vinnie Pasquantino might be a little further off the radar, but he's also been killing it for the Royals in AAA this season with an OPS of .962. Affectionately known around the DLR as Papa Noel, Jhonkensy has continued to mash this year with 6 HRs in his first 20 games played - it's a matter of time before we see him rise through the ranks this year.

Rank

Player

Tyler

Karleton

Tessmonster

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​Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Freddie Freeman

Matt Olson

Pete Alonso

Kris Bryant

Jose Abreu

Paul Goldschmidt

Jared Walsh

Spencer Torkelson

Ryan Mountcastle

CJ Cron

Ty France

Rhys Hoskins

Josh Bell

Max Muncy

Andrew Vaughn

DJ LeMahieu

Jake Cronenworth

Anthony Rizzo

Trey Mancini

Brandon Belt

Alex Kiriloff

Triston Casas

Yuli Gurriel

Nate Lowe

Bobby Dalbec

Eduardo Escobar

Jesus Aguilar

Nick Pratto

Jonathan Schoop

Eric Hosmer

Vinnie Pasquantino

Jhonkensy Noel

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2

3

4

5

6

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8

10

9

12

14

13

18

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21

15

16

11

17

20

23

29

25

22

27

24

26

NR

28

30

NR

NR

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2

3

4

8

5

6

7

12

11

10

12

9

13

19

22

14

16

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20

24

29

21

23

27

25

26

NR

28

30

NR

NR

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5

13

16

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15

9

6

21

18

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19

14

26

27

24

NR

NR

25

NR

29

28

30



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