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May 1B and DH Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to the May first baseman and designated hitter rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed wherever they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.


Click to see other May rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH


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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings



May First Base Team 2015
1 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 1
2 Jose Abreu White Sox 2
3 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 4
4 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 3
5 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 7
6 Joey Votto Reds 11
7 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 8
8 Prince Fielder Rangers 5
9 Albert Pujols Angels 6
10 Eric Hosmer Royals 12
11 Freddie Freeman Braves 9
12 Lucas Duda Mets 14
1 DH David Ortiz Red Sox 1 DH
13 Matt Adams Cardinals 13
14 Victor Martinez Tigers 10
15 Chris Carter Astros 2 DH
16 Joe Mauer Twins 16
17 Adam LaRoche White Sox 17
18 Brandon Belt Giants 15
19 Justin Morneau Rockies 18
20 Adam Lind Brewers 20
21 Brandon Moss Indians 19
22 Kendrys Morales Royals 24
23 Mark Teixeira Yankees 28
24 Billy Butler Athletics 21
25 Mike Napoli Red Sox 22
26 Logan Morrison Mariners 23
27 Yonder Alonso Padres 30
28 James Loney Rays 26
29 Ike Davis Athletics 31
30 Mark Canha Athletics 39
31 Ryan Howard Phillies 25
32 Steve Pearce Orioles 29
33 Kyle Blanks Rangers 37
34 Justin Smoak Blue Jays 32
35 Nick Swisher Indians 33
36 C.J. Cron Angels 34
2 DH Kennys Vargas Twins 3 DH
37 Mitch Moreland Rangers 35
38 Jon Singleton Astros 36
3 DH Jesus Montero Mariners 7 DH
39 Garrett Jones Yankees 38
40 Darin Ruf Phillies 42


Dropping off: Christian Walker (40th)


o The DHs are mixed in with the first basemen to better illustrate where they rank. Of course, Carter now qualifies at first, so he’s here naturally.


o If I was right about Rizzo not meeting some of those lofty offensive projections others gave him this year (a big if), I still might well be wrong about his fantasy value as a result of him suddenly becoming a basestealer. With six in April, he’s already topped my preseason projection of four steals.


o I’m not feeling great about the 15-25 area of the rankings. I pretty much opted to stick with the preseason alignment rather than blow things up, but there’s certainly a case for placing Morales and Teixeira higher. I’m just not ready to bail on Belt and Morneau as mixed-league CI guys because of bad Aprils. I don’t trust Teixeira to stay healthy or to mix in singles and doubles with his homers. I buy a little more into Morales’s quick start, but the entire Royals lineup is still going to cool off.


o It’s possible I have Victor about 10 spots too high as well. I’m hoping his power comes back the further removed he is from knee surgery, but there’s no evidence yet that it’s going to happen.


o It looks like Pearce is about to get second-base eligibility, which isn’t anything I anticipated ever writing. I was sour on his bat going in, and I’m not any higher on it now. However, he could quickly go back to being a fringe mixed-league guy as a middle infielder.

Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.