August 1B and DH Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
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Here are the August first baseman and designated hitter rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead. Included along with the position rankings you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.


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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings


Dropping off: Carlos Pena (No. 30), Nate Freiman (No. 36), Josh Satin (No. 37)

  • Since it was just going to be a two-person DH ranking this month, I folded Ortiz and Hafner into the first base rankings here.

  • As bare as the cupboard is apart from the top 10 or so, I was tempted to move some qualified outfielders over to first base. I feel kind of bad about having Chris Carter and Mitch Moreland actually moving up one spot apiece as poorly as they've played of late.

  • Of course, that's mostly because Albert Pujols (foot), Ryan Howard (knee) and Lance Berkman all got hurt. Berkman has a chance to be the first of the three to return to the lineup, but depending on how his knee and hip respond, he seems as likely to call it a career as he does to play again this season. My guess is that Pujols is done for the year, but he may aim for a Sept. 1 return if the Angels let him. I think it'd be best for both parties if he just rested and got ready for 2014 instead. Howard should be back for the final three or four weeks, but he won't be 100 percent and the Phillies probably won't play him every day. Odds are that he'll be rather useless in mixed leagues after returning.

  • Justin Morneau quietly hit five homers last month. Incredibly, he managed only seven RBI anyway, but if he continues showing that kind of power, he'll be a solid mixed league first baseman the rest of the way. Also, his value could get a boost if he's involved in a waiver deal.

Rank

First Base

Team

2013

May

June

July

1

Chris Davis

Orioles

47 OF

9

2

1

2

Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks

8

6

3

3

3

Joey Votto

Reds

2

1

1

2

1 DH

David Ortiz

Red Sox

1 DH

1 DH

1 DH

1 DH

4

Allen Craig

Cardinals

9

11

11

8

5

Prince Fielder

Tigers

4

3

4

4

6

Adrian Gonzalez

Dodgers

3

4

6

6

7

Billy Butler

Royals

6

7

8

7

8

Freddie Freeman

Braves

7

8

9

9

9

Eric Hosmer

Royals

12

15

25

11

10

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

11

10

10

10

11

Kendrys Morales

Mariners

17

22

17

19

12

Justin Morneau

Twins

20

24

20

20

13

Logan Morrison

Marlins

23

26

24

18

14

Adam Lind

Blue Jays

26

30

27

12

15

Adam LaRoche

Nationals

14

19

14

14

16

Ike Davis

Mets

10

13

26

17

17

James Loney

Rays

36

32

21

16

18

Adam Dunn

White Sox

27

31

31

22

19

Paul Konerko

White Sox

16

17

18

21

20

Justin Smoak

Mariners

25

33

35

28

21

Yonder Alonso

Padres

22

23

22

27

22

Brandon Belt

Giants

19

25

19

23

23

Chris Carter

Astros

28

27

28

24

24

Brandon Moss

Athletics

29

21

29

25

25

Mitch Moreland

Rangers

31

29

23

26

26

Lance Berkman

Rangers

15

16

13

15

27

Garrett Jones

Pirates

30

28

30

29

28

Brett Wallace

Astros

40

NR

NR

38

29

Albert Pujols

Angels

1

2

7

5

30

Lyle Overbay

Yankees

35

38

36

33

31

Todd Helton

Rockies

33

39

34

31

32

Matt Adams

Cardinals

43

34

37

34

33

Ryan Howard

Phillies

13

14

15

13

34

Brett Pill

Giants

NR

NR

NR

65

35

Gaby Sanchez

Pirates

38

35

39

35

36

Chris Colabello

Twins

NR

NR

NR

NR

37

Mike Olt

Cubs

NR

NR

NR

37

2 DH

Travis Hafner

Yankees

2 DH

2 DH

2 DH

2 DH

38

Hunter Morris

Brewers

46

NR

NR

39

39

Jason Giambi

Indians

45

NR

NR

40

40

Chris Parmelee

Twins

32

37

33

32

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