Top 10 fantasy baseball first basemen heading into the 2022 season

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 01: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of their MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on October 1, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 01: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of their MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on October 1, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 26: C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies hits a seventh inning single during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 26, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

#10 Rhys Hoskins

Hoskins had a good 2021, slashing .247/.334/.530/.864 with 27 homers, 29 doubles, and 71 RBI, good for a 129 OPS+. Based on his Savant metrics, he should’ve been even better. He finished in the 94th percentile in barrel rate, 93rd percentile in expected slugging, 90th percentile in xwOBA, 83rd percentile in average exit velocity, and 77th percentile in hard hit rate. While he does strikeout a lot (37th percentile in whiff rate and 29th percentile in strikeout rate), he also controls the strike zone very well (71st percentile in walk rate and 65th percentile in chase rate.

His combination of power, a good eye, and now hitting in a very deep Phillies lineup in that bandbox of a stadium bodes well for a strong 2022 in real life and in fantasy baseball.

#9 C.J. Cron

Cron had arguably the best season of his career last year. He slashed .281/.375/.530/.905 with 28 homers, 31 doubles, and 92 RBI, good for an OPS+ of 130. He was in the 83rd percentile in xwOBA, and 7th percentile in walk rate, xSLG, and barrel rate. While there is definitely some swing-and-miss to his game (24th percentile in chase rate and 31st percentile in whiff rate), he actually doesn’t strike out that much (50th percentile in strikeout rate, exactly league average) and he takes his walks (77th percentile in walk rate). He also spread his hits around the field more than in previous seasons, making the most of that huge outfield in Coors Field. He took advantage of the ball flying in Colorado, and with two years left on his contract there, there’s no reason to think he can’t repeat.