2023 Player Outlook
Paul Goldschmidt was the 2022 NL MVP, and he was flat-out magnificent. He slashed .317/.404/.578 with 35 home runs, 106 runs scored, and 115 RBI, and he was a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen base attempts. His .981 OPS in 2022 was the second-best mark of his career, and while he may experience some batting average regression in 2023, it won’t be anywhere near his .261 xBA from last year. His batted ball metrics remain on par, for the most part, to years past, and even with a little regression, he’s still a rock-solid first baseman for your fantasy squad. The Cardinals have a very good lineup, which will help his counting stats, and Goldy will do much of the same in 2023 as he did in 2022, albeit maybe on a slightly smaller scale. A little regression should be baked in after a career year for the 34-year-old, but his floor of 28+ home runs, 90+ runs scored, 90+ RBI, with a stolen base total near 10 and a .280 batting average is about as good as it gets in fantasy. Don’t let Goldy fall outside the top three or four first basemen off the board on draft day.