With the depth at first base evaporating, Paul Goldschmidt remains a gold standard at the position. Moving to St. Louis should not affect his fantasy status, in fact, it could end up being a boon to his counting statistics. Goldschmidt struggled out of the gate last season bringing about untimely articles predicting his pending decline. However, Goldschmidt’s last 100 games yielded 25 home runs with a .334/.423/.608 slash line.

Goldschmidt finished 2018 with 95 runs, 33 home runs, 83 RBI, seven stolen bases and a .290/.389/.533 line. Within these numbers he reduced his ground ball rate by almost eight percent, hit line drives 25 percent of the time and finishes with a career high 46.2 hard hit percentage. Although Goldschmidt will turn 32 next September, planning on a decline of production for 2019 will be premature.

Over the last three years, Goldschmidt’s accrued 1,730 at-bats with 318 runs, 93 home runs, 298 RBI, 57 stolen bases and a robust .295/.401/.528 slash line....