2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 20 First Basemen (Updated)

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IIJanuary 19, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 10:  Albert Pujols sits on the stage at a public press conference introducing newly signed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  players Pujols and C.J. Wilson at Angel Stadium on December 10, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

Who else?

2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Cabrera is the second most consistent first baseman in baseball. 

3. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox

Gonzalez led all MLB first basemen with 630 AB in 2011.  With that many ABs and the players surrounding him, you can't help but get giddy about Gonzo.

4. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

He led all first basemen in walks (110) last season and still hit 29 HR and 103 RBI.

5. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers

Batting behind Cabrera can only benefit Fielder.  Similar or even better numbers are forthcoming.

6. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees

Sure, the average isn't there, but we're not complaining about the 2011 power numbers: 39 HR, 111 RBI.


7. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians*






Santana proved himself to be the go-to-guy in the Indians' lineup.  He also proved he could thrive at the catcher position after a nasty injury.

8. Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers*

Napoli was another fairly big surprise in his first season in Texas.  He had career highs in AVG (.320), HR (30) and RBI (75).

9. Michael Young, Texas Rangers*

Young does it all and does it every year.

10. Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

Last year was Konerko's seventh season of hitting at least 30 HR.

11. Michael Morse, Washington Nationals

Morse was arguably the biggest surprise in all of baseball last season.  He has power and hits for average.


12. Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox


Youkilis only played in 120 games in 2011 but still hit 17 HRs and 80 RBIs.

13. Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals

Isn't it great when a "washed up" veteran is a key piece to a championship team?  That goes for fantasy leagues and real life.

14. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

The second-year standout has the tools to be a top 10 first baseman.

15. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

Howard and Teixeira are fairly similar, Howard just strikes out more, and he'll miss some time this season because of injury.

16. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants*

Sandoval hit 23 HRs and 76 RBIs in just 426 ABs in 2011.

17. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

The high expectations for Freeman's rookie season weren't disappointed in 2011.  Although, the strikeouts could be lower (142).

18. Gaby Sanchez, Miami Marlins

Sanchez is surrounded by a ton of talent in the heart of Miami's lineup.

19. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals*

Butler was fourth among first basemen in hits in 2011 (174).

20. Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies*

Cuddyer's All-Star season with Minnesota could see similar numbers at Coors Field.

*Not primary position but eligible for first base


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