When you are at your draft or auction you’ll want to get at least one of these guys to anchor your outfielders. Think of this list as Prime aged Tier 1 OF.

- Mike Trout, 26, Angels – My projections for 2018 are – .309/109/35/93/20
- Mookie Betts, 25, Red Sox – My projections for 2018 are – .299/105/24/97/24
- Bryce Harper, 25, Nationals – My projections for 2018 are – .301/99/32/91/10
- Giancarlo Stanton, 28, Yankees – My projections for 2018 are – .287/89/41/104/5
- Aaron Judge, 25, Yankees – My projections for 2018 are – .254/110/41/108/9
- Christian Yelich, 26, Brewers – My projections for 2018 are – .296/85/25/92/14
- George Springer, 28, Astros – My projections for 2018 are – .274/105/32/84/7
- Marcell Ozuna, 27, Cardinals – My projections for 2018 are – .295/90/28/91/1
- Andrew Benintendi, 23, Red Sox – My projections for 2018 are – .286/95/19/86/19
- Dee Gordon, 29, Mariners – My projections for 2018 are – .280/98/3/38/61

- Nolan Arenado, 26, Rockies – My projections for 2018 are – .295/104/40/131/2
- Kris Bryant, 26, Cubs – My projections for 2018 are – .285/106/31/91/9
- Jose Ramirez, 25, Indians – My projections for 2018 are – .297/96/20/80/20
- Anthony Rendon, 27, Nationals – My projections for 2018 are – .282/94/22/89/12
- Alex Bregman, 24, Astros – My projections for 2018 are – .276/97/21/78/19
- Travis Shaw, 27, Brewers – My projections for 2018 are – .261/80/29/96/10
- Nickolas Castellanos, 26, Tigers – My projections for 2018 are – .272/73/26/87/4
- Miguel Sano, 24, Twins – My projections for 2018 are – .254/73/29/79/1
- Rafael Devers, 21, Red Sox – My projections for 2018 are – .286/68/20/71/6
- Joey Gallo, 24, Rangers – My projections for 2018 are – .227/85/41/80/7

**If I must i’d say …**

**Tier 1: Machado-Turner**

**Tier 2: Seager-Bogaerts**

**Tier 3: Gregorious-Story**

**My top 10 list and projections are below.**

**Manny Machado, 25, Orioles – My projections for 2018 are – .291/96/35/92/10**

- Carlos Correa, 23, Astros – My projections for 2018 are – .291/95/27/90/8

- Francisco Lindor, 24 Indians – My projections for 2018 are – .294/99/24/84/17

- Trea Turner, 24, Nationals – My projections for 2018 are – .298/90/13/54/55

- Corey Seager, 23, Dodgers – My projections for 2018 are – .289/95/24/75/4

- Elvis Andrus, 29, Rangers – My projections for 2018 are – .280/79/11/65/29

- Xander Bogaerts, 25, Red Sox – My projections for 2018 are – .290/88/13/70/10

- Didi Gregorious, 28, Yankees – My projections for 2018 are – .269/71/23/79/5

- Jean Segura, 28, Mariners – My projections for 2018 are – .275/88/12/50/24

- Trevor Story, 25, Rockies – My projections for 2018 are – .252/68/27/77/8

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If your opting for a tier one kinda guy just be sure you believe you are getting what you paid for. Altuve is the only “unicorn” at this position.

Here are my top 10 players under the age of 30 at second base.

- Jose Altuve, 27, Astros – My projections for 2018 are – .309/98/18/76/39
- Whit Merrifield, 29, Royals – My projections for 2018 are – .273/72/17/70/31
- Jonathon Schoop, 26, Orioles – My Projections for 2018 are – .276/87/29/94/1
- Rougned Odor, 24, Rangers – My projections for 2018 are – .256/84/32/82/15
- Javier Baez, 25, Cubs – My projections for 2018 are – .262/90/28/90/12
- Ozzie Albies, 21, Braves – My projections for 2018 are – .273/72/14/62/22
- Jedd Gyorko, 29, Cardinals – My projections for 2018 are – .253/57/22/74/7
- D.J. LeMahieu, 29, Rockies – My projections for 2018 are – .310/86/8/58/13
- Yoan Moncada, 22, Red Sox – My projections for 2018 are – .237/62/16/56/27
- Cesar Hernandez, 27, Phillies – My projections for 2018 are – .274/76/8/37/16

In points leagues i am all over Josh Bell who plays everyday with his almost equal BB-SO percentages. Bell hit 26 HR and 90 RBI in his rookie season withe an AVG of .255. He has the capability of being a future 30 HR 100 RBI guy and with such a low k rate a .300 AVG isn’t out of the question.

Wil Myers, Matt Olson, Rhys Hoskins are studs as well and have the ability to be great contributors to your team.

Here is the list of my top 10 first basemen under 30 who are great assets to your lineups.

**Anthony Rizzo, 28, Cubs**– You can bank on the numbers he gives you every year and is still in his prime, He hits in the middle of a stacked lineup for great counting stats,My projections for 2018 are –**.283/94/32/99/9****Freddie Freeman, 28, Braves**– Freddie has turned into one of the most productive hitters in the game. My only hesitation with Freeman is his habit of being a trip to the DL waiting to happen.My projections for 2018 are – .**291/85/25/77/5****Cody Bellinger, 22, Dodgers**– There is bound to be some regression in his 2017 rookie season numbers. Lets get real though this guy is a masher. My projections for 2018 are –**.253/78/35/87/9****Wil Myers, 28, Padres**– Myers is a quality all category contributor in the prime of his career. My projections for 2018 are – .**251/90/28/84/24****Eric Hosmer, 28, Free Agent**– We will see where he signs and how that park and lineup affect his skills but, he can succeed anywhere with his hitting skills. My projections for 2018 are –**.289/83/19/87/6****Rhys Hoskins, 25, Phillies**– Rhys is poised to have years of big success hitting in the middle of the Phillies lineup. He may start to transition into more time playing the OF with the signing of Carlos Santana but his offense can translate into favorable stats from any corner position.. My Projections for 2018 are –**.263/83/31/81/3****Matt Olson, 24, A’s**– Yes, the pace of 24 home runs every 48 games is laughable but wow. The way Olson showed off his immense power made many think Joey Gallo. Well, if Joey Gallo struck out 10% less. My projections for 2018 are –**.234/84/37/101/0****Josh Bell, 25, Pirates**– I went over my love of Josh bell above.My projections for 2018 are –**.273/68/29/85/2****Brandon Belt, 29, Giants**– Belt is a very talented hitter than can provide a lot of value if everything ‘clicks”My projections for 2018 are –**.262/71/21/77/4****Justin Bour, 29, Marlins**– The raw power is there. The only question is will there be anyone on base for him. My projections for 2018 are –*.264/43/21/69/0*

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No matter what fantasy format you play in catcher can be one of the most frustrating positions on your team. Lets set aside the bumps, bruises and injuries, Lets even set aside the whole take 1 or 2 days off a week. The delema I have always faced is how much to invest in a catcher. Just last year i drafted Cameron Rupp for $1 and thought i would get good power value for an every day guy. After suffering through his first few months of lackluster performance I was lucky that I was able to scoop up Mike Zunino before others caught on to his revival season.

If you are to invest in the top tiers like a Gary Sanchez, Buster Posey or Willson Contreras There is a level of comfort that brings but your paying a lot of money that would probably provide more production if spent on a everyday player from a less taxing position. Pick your poison i guess. I suppose its just best to look for an in his prime starter for a good team that comes a a decent value and hope for the best.

Here is my list of top 10 catchers under the age of 30.

**Gary Sanchez, 25, Yankees –**Most likely the #1 catcher pick for years to come. Sanchez is a a force with the bat and will have great counting stats batting in the Yankees lineup.My projections for 2018 are. –**.270/83/35/95/2****Willson Contreras, 26, Cubs**– Another great hitter on a great team. Like Sanchez the Cubs try to work his bat into the lineup even when hes not catching.My projections for 2018 are. –**.272/63/26/86/6****J.T. Realmuto, 27, Marlins**– The latest rumor has him being traded to the Astros. Regardless of the team he plays for the guy can hit and run. My projections for 2018 are. –**.274/62/12/58/12****Salvador Perez, 28, Royals**– Always been a force with the bat. Sal tends to catch every game and hit a wall 3/4 into the season each year. Regardless he tends to finish the season with great numbers despite the late season slumps. My projections for 2018 are. –**.261/56/22/71/1****Mike Zunino, 27, Mariners**– Zunino showed with a regular starting gig he is capable of putting up elite power numbers despite a low average and high strikeout rate. My projections for 2018 are. –**.240/55/32/67/1****Austin Barnes, 28 Dodgers**– I cant wait to see what stats Barnes can put up in a full MLB season. My projections for 2018 are. –**.264/70/16/61/10****Travis d’Arnaud, 29, Mets**– He has the bat skill and has shown flashes of breaking out before. Will this be the season he puts it all together?My projections for 2018 are. –**.259/56/18/59/0****James McCann, 28. Tigers**-He should hit in the middle of the Detroit lineup in 2018. McCann has shown an increased amount of power in his bat the last few seasons. My projections for 2018 are. –**.249/62/13/59/1****Austin Hedges, 25, Padres**– A great defensive catcher with a developing hitting tool. Austin showed flashes of a great line drive swing last year. He’s going to get a ton of plate appearances to further his development.My projections for 2018 are. –**.241/40/20/61/4****Yasmani Grandal, 29, Dodgers**– Grandal seems to have lost the starting job to Austin Barnes but, Grandal is a very skilled hitter who will get his at bats and who knows might end up being traded to a new team as a starter. My projections for 2018 are. –**.240/47/20/57/1**

*A surprise to not many is most hitters in the majors can put that fastball 450′ in the centerfield seats. *

*The Brewers are trying to pry him away from the Rays. If they can get Domingo Santana back they should make that trade right away!!*

**Javier Baez – Cubs – ** After showing off his stellar defense at the WBC early in 2017 Baez went on a bit of a slow start with the bat in Chicago. Once it became apparent that Ben Zobrist had begun to show his age it was only a matter of time till Javier was handed the reigns to a starting gig at second base. His lightning quick bat speed has already shown glimpses of that “light tower power”. If Baez is to receive a bump in plate appearances we will surely see a spike in his power numbers and that would likely mean a promotion from batting eighth to somewhere around 5-6 in that prolific Cubs batting order. This means an increase in counting stats. Strike outs will likely always be part of his game but, even in points leagues his PPG avg will still be top 5 at the position. My projections for 2018 are: **.270/90/28/90/12**

**Jonathon Villar – Brewers –** Villar had a breakout 2016 season when he produced a .285/92/19/63/62 stat line. A lot of fantasy owners took notice and took Villar early in their drafts to lock down the stolen base category while showing he could produce in all other categories at a middle infield position. 2017 was the second year in a row where his stats showed a decline on a Brewers team that does not excite as many owners as it did in years past. Here is a chance to buy low on a player that is only 25 years old and has not shown a decline in any peripheral hitting stats. My projections for 2018 are: **.275/71/15/52/43**