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Baseball's Best Leadoff Hitters


Having a reliable leadoff hitter is important once a game. But these guys also get the most opportunities at the plate so you better make sure that guy can hit in any situation as well as being a spark plug in the 1st inning. Every team has a different approach with their leadoff hitter, some managers just slot their fastest player at the top of their lineup while other managers make sure whoever is leading off, has a high on base percentage.

The Cincinnati Reds (Billy Hamilton) and Los Angeles Dodgers (Dee Gordon) trot out their speed demons to start the game, even though both guys are hitting under .270 and have combined to walk just 23 times while striking out 70 times. But even with their struggles to get on base, they are the only leadoff hitters with at least 20 stolen basses. Neither one of them have scored 30 runs this season.

No leadoff hitter has more hits than the St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter (73) and even though his 46 strikeouts is high, his .392 OBP is 2nd to Shin-Soo Choo (.408) and has led to 40 runs scored, yet he has just 2 stolen bases.

It is the breakout season (month of April) of Charlie Blackmon that has placed his at the top of our list as the best leadoff hitter in fantasy baseball this season. Blackmon got off to a hot start in April with a .374 batting average and scored 23 runs. May was a different story, but he still managed to hit .260, hit another 5 home runs to double his season total, and actually drove in one more run in one less game. He is just 3 for 15 in June, but Blackmon is a career .300 hitter and he should be an above average fantasy baseball player for the remainder of the season.

Charlie Blackmon5120864911137371325100.308257
Brian Dozier5220950901044273145120.239254
Matt Carpenter602407316114021334620.304249
Christian Yelich53213529453617295080.244217
Angel Pagan5120567131333171724110.327213
Denard Span502186216313513142080.284203
Carlos Gomez4216850102102923175270.298202
Dee Gordon472015484129131431290.269198
Jason Heyward56224578152517274790.254192
Jose Reyes4418245132332161724110.247189
Nick Markakis522236710042319202730.300188
Emilio Bonifacio5021358103027141536130.272184
Norichika Aoki55227599203013172870.260182
Jose Altuve4218361151226111111150.333180
Shin-Soo Choo48168459142614334330.268176
Coco Crisp421574010132516252780.255170
Michael Bourn40173516522116124350.295160
Billy Hamilton44180466312310939220.256156
Adam Eaton42170427112815123250.247155
Brett Gardner36154415242018133690.266152

Stats via FanGraphs 


  • Singles - 1pt
  • Doubles - 2pts
  • Triples - 3pts
  • Homeruns - 2pts
  • RBI - 2pts
  • Runs Scored - 2pts
  • Walks - 1pt
  • Stolen Bases - 1pt