2023 first base rankings: With reigning MVP Paul Goldschmidt, position packs a punch

First base is traditionally a position where fantasy teams can find plenty of power. At the top of the scale, that's certainly true with NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt, two-time Home Run Derby king Pete Alonso and Braves slugger Matt Olson — each of whom had at least 30 homers and 100 RBI last season.

But if you miss out on the elite first basemen, there's still enough depth at the position to get solid production in the middle-to-late rounds of your draft.

In the American League, the Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stands alone in the top tier. Former AL MVP Jose Abreu signing as a free agent with the Astros opens up an everyday spot for up-and-coming youngster Andrew Vaughn on the White Sox.

In the National League, there's a solid middle tier with C.J. Cron (29 HR, 103 RBI), Christian Walker (36 HR, 94 RBI) and Rowdy Tellez (35 HR, 89 RBI) as excellent targets.

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Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit .317 with 35 home runs, 115 RBI and 106 runs scored in winning the 2022 NL MVP award.
Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit .317 with 35 home runs, 115 RBI and 106 runs scored in winning the 2022 NL MVP award.

First base rankings

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays   AL1

  2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers    NL1

  3. Pete Alonso, Mets    NL2

  4. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals    NL3

  5. Matt Olson, Braves    NL4     

  6. Jose Abreu, Astros    AL2

  7. Vinnie Pasquantino, Royals   AL3

  8. C.J. Cron, Rockies    NL5

  9. Nathaniel Lowe, Rangers    AL4

  10. Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles   AL5

  11. Christian Walker, Diamondbacks   NL6

  12. Anthony Rizzo, Yankees    AL6

  13. Rowdy Tellez, Brewers   NL7

  14. Andrew Vaughn, White Sox   AL7

  15. Brandon Drury, Angels   AL8

  16. Jose Miranda, Twins   AL9

  17. Josh Bell, Guardians   AL10

  18. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees    AL11

  19. Miguel Vargas, Dodgers   NL8

  20. Ty France, Mariners    AL12

  21. Wil Myers, Reds   NL9

  22. Jake Cronenworth, Padres    NL10

  23. Luis Arraez, Marlins   NL11

  24. Triston Casas, Red Sox   AL13

  25. Joey Meneses, Nationals    NL12

  26. Seth Brown, A's   AL14

  27. Josh Naylor, Guardians    AL15

  28. Trey Mancini, Cubs   NL13

  29. Brandon Belt, Blue Jays   AL16

  30. Jared Walsh, Angels    AL17

  31. Isaac Paredes, Rays    AL18

  32. Spencer Torkelson, Tigers    AL19

  33. Wilmer Flores, Giants    NL14

  34. Garrett Cooper, Marlins   NL15

  35. Joey Votto, Reds    NL16

  36. Matt Mervis, Cubs   NL17

  37. Bobby Dalbec, Red Sox    AL20

  38. Carlos Santana, Pirates   NL18

  39. Harold Ramirez, Rays   AL21

  40. Hunter Dozier, Royals AL 22

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fantasy baseball rankings: Top 40 first basemen for 2023