Fantasy baseball preview 2014: Corner infielders

Miguel Cabrera, who finished last season as the top third baseman in fantasy baseball, moves across...

Miguel Cabrera, who finished last season as the top third baseman in fantasy baseball, moves across the diamond to play first this season for the Tigers. (Reuters)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:09 PM ET

FIRST BASE: This position is shifting wildly with new names at the top and an old-guard cache that is showing its age and can’t be relied on any more. This used to be so deep you could grab the 12th-best 1B and still have a shot at 30-100 production. Now there are only four I’d consider a lock for first-round numbers ... maybe five if Edwin Encarnacion is OK. So, you’re probably better off now taking a chance on the upside of an Abreu or a Belt than the fading stock of a Dunn or Teixeira.

$35+

Paul Goldschmidt ARZ — Power, double-digit SBs, a .300 AVG and just getting started.

Chris Davis BAL — No one has duplicated a 50-HR season, so expect regression to 40.

$28-$32

Joey Votto CIN — Should be a lock for 25 HRs, 100 RBIs .300 AVG if he stays healthy.

Prince Fielder TEX — Power stats could climb even higher in Arlington launching pad.

Edwin Encarnacion TOR — Will off-season wrist surgery affect him in the early weeks?


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