Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Basemen

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Basemen
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By Derek of The Sportmeisters

Here we are. After just about two months in the season, I thought I would bust out my preseason rankings and adjust them a bit to show how right or wrong I am.


Preseason Rankings

1. Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals

2. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers

3. Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees

4. Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins

5. Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers

6. Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies

7. Lance Berkman – Houston Astros

8. Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox

9. Derrek Lee – Chicago Cubs

10. Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres

11. Carlos Pena – Tampa Bay Rays

12. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

13. Aubrey Huff – Baltimore Orioles

14. Chris Davis – Texas Rangers

15. Carlos Delgado – New York Mets

 

Current Rankings

1. Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals

2. Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins

3. Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres

4. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers

5. Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees

6. Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies

7. Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers

8. Carlos Pena – Tampa Bay Rays

9. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

10. Russell Branyan – Seattle Mariners

11. Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox

12. Todd Helton – Colorado Rockies

13. Paul Konerko – Chicago White Sox

14. Nick Johnson – Washington Nationals

15. Aubrey Huff – Baltimore Orioles

 

Wow, what a difference! Let’s go over each player and why I have them ranked so high.

1. Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals – .339 BA, 42 R, 16 HR, 42 RBI, 7 SB

The Machine, as he’s called, has been on a tear to start the season. He has 16 home runs, 42 RBI, and, to top it off, seven stolen bases. Plus, he’s hitting .339. If he wasn’t the first overall pick, he definitely went in the first round and rightfully so. Keep him in your lineup at all times, in all formats.

 

2. Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins – .342 BA, 40 R, 14 HR, 47 RBI

This is why this guy is in the MVP talk every year. Morneau has been extremely hot lately, with 11 RBI in his last eight games. He is hitting for average, as well as power and should be active in all formats, at all times as he is an elite fantasy player.

 

3. Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres – .287 BA, 37 R, 20 HR, 40 RBI, 1 SB

WOW! This guy is on fire! With four home runs in the last six games, he has upped his season total to 20. At this rate, he will hit 65 home runs this year. I don’t think he will keep up that pace, but 50 home runs aren’t out of the question.

The bonus is that he also hits for average, hitting .287. Keep him active, as he absolutely cannot be benched right now.

 

4. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – .355 BA, 32 R, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 1 SB

Here is my pick for this year’s AL MVP and so far he has not disappointed. He has slugged 10 home runs and has 37 RBI to go along with his monster .355 batting average. He has a productive lineup around him and will continue to put up these numbers so don’t even think about benching him at all, ever!

 

5. Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees – .281 BA, 36 R, 16 HR, 44 RBI

Who says one player doesn’t make a difference. Since A-Rod has come back from injury, Big Tex has raised his average from .192 to .281 and his home run total from five to 12. Teixeira was expected to have a monster year, and he is well on his way with 44 RBI. Keep him active, as he is an elite fantasy player.

 

6. Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies – .266 BA, 32 R, 14 HR, 40 RBI, 2 SB

Howard has been what you would expect from him so far this year. He has struck out 58 times and his average is at .266, which is actually better than expected. He has 14 home runs and 40 RBI, which is exactly what he is supposed to have.

Expect a 40+ home run season and 100+ RBI and don’t take him out of your lineup.

 

7. Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers – .273 BA, 27 R, 12 HR, 48 RBI

Here’s another guy who is par for the course right now. 12 home runs and 48 RBI are exactly what you drafted Prince for. Expect the same 40+ home runs and 100+ RBI as you would get from Howard, but expect his .273 batting average to improve also.

 

8. Carlos Pena – Tampa Bay Rays – .231 BA, 37 R, 17 HR, 41 RBI

This guy started out hot, but has since faded just a bit. He has only three hits in his last 22 At-bats, and two of those were home runs. However, he does have 17 home runs and 41 RBI, so he has been useful. Keep him active for his power, but don’t expect more than a .255 average.

 

9. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds – .357 BA, 23 R, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 2 SB

Too bad he has been put on the DL with an inner ear problem. Votto has shown vast improvement this year, starting out the year hitting .357 with 33 RBI. There is no timetable for his return, but that just means that you should stash him on the bench.

If you release him, then you are quite foolish, as he will return and should hit 20+ home runs with a .300 average.

 

10. Russell Branyan – Seattle Mariners – .323 BA, 30 R, 11 HR, 23 RBI, 2 SB

Branyan has been quite a surprise so far. He has been hot lately also, with eight hits in 17 At-bats. He is currently on pace for 35 home runs and 80 RBI so go ahead and keep him active as long as he is playing and hitting.

 

11. Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – .366 BA, 31 R, 9 HR, 31 RBI, 1 SB

If he didn’t have that stint on the DL, Youkilis would probably be higher on this list. He has been very good when he has been healthy, but missing those 14 games hurts his status on this list. Other than those 14 games, Youk has been great and you should keep him active.

 

12. Todd Helton – Colorado Rockies – .314 BA, 27 R, 6 HR, 33 RBI

Helton has been a big surprise this year. After last year’s injury plagued season in where he hit .264 with only 29 RBI, this fast start is just what the Rockies and fantasy owners hoped for. Helton went undrafted in a lot of drafts or was picked near the end of those same drafts.

However, he is now owned in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues. He should be started while he’s hot.

 

13. Paul Konerko – Chicago White Sox – .309 BA, 23 R, 7 HR, 33 RBI

Here’s another guy who was thought to be finished after a sub par 2008. He hit a miserable .240 last year with just 22 home runs and 62 RBI. He has bounce back nicely this year, starting with a .309 average and 33 RBI.

The White Sox have a good lineup around him, so a 30 home run 100 RBI season isn’t out of the question so start him with confidence.

 

14. Nick Johnson – Washington Nationals – .331 BA, 28 R, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB

Here is a guy who has been plagued with injuries for the past three years. Johnson was held to just38 games last year after missing the entire 2007 season. However, he has started out nicely this year, hitting everything to come out with a batting average of .331.

He also has 26 RBI for a team that doesn’t score a lot of runs. Johnson should be started as long as he’s hitting, but remember, he plays for the Nationals, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t reach 100 RBI.

 

15. Aubrey Huff – Baltimore Orioles – .268 BA, 24 R, 8 HR, 38 RBI

Huff has been good, but not great so far this year. After last year’s .304 average with 32 home runs and 108 RBI, Huff was a hot commodity coming into the draft. He has had a solid start with 38 RBI.

He should be started and you can expect a 25 home run season with a possible 100 RBI to go with it.

 

There are my rankings for the First Base position after the first two months. Any arguments or questions, feel free to email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.

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