Yes, Albert Pujols dominates the position. He dominates fantasy baseball as a whole.
But if you aren’t lucky enough to draft in the top slot of your fantasy league, all is not lost.
As shown by the following composite rankings (compiled from projections provided by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, FoxSports and CBS Sportsline), there is a variety of worthwhile statistical talent atop the position for your picking enjoyment.
1. Albert Pujols, St. Louis (5 composite points)
After an impressive 2008 campaign, many wondered what Pujols would do for an encore last season … how about adding nine stolen bases, 10 home runs, 19 RBI, and 24 runs scored to his stat line?
At this point, you don’t question Pujols or try to predict when he’ll start to regress in fantasy circles; you draft him and enjoy the ride.
2. Prince Fielder, Milwaukee (13)
As amazing as Pujols was in 2009, Fielder wasn’t too far behind. Try just one home run and .028 less in batting average.
Yes, Fielder is less of a gazelle on the basepaths than Pujols was in 2009, but you get the point. A solid consolation prize you can get later in the first round.
3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit (15)
His aggregate statistics tell the story: Cabrera has hit .320 or better in four of the last five seasons, 30-plus homers in five of the last six and 100-plus RBI in the last six consecutive campaigns.
Is it a coincidence that Cabrera and consistency start with the same letter?
4. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees (19)
The naysayers who thought Teixeira would struggle in the Big Apple are few and far between after the prized pinstripe addition bettered his 2008 stat line in homers, RBI and runs scored.
What isn’t to like about a player just entering his prime in a major hitters’ park and protected by the best lineup in baseball?
5. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia (23)
Failed to land the others on this list so far? No reason to panic. No player in baseball has driven in 135-plus runs in two consecutive seasons…except Howard, who has done it four years running now. His eight stolen bases in 2008 were just gravy.
6. Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego (39)
Over the past three seasons, Gonzalez has consistently increased his home run output (30, 36, and 40), despite hitting in one of the biggest pitcher's parks in baseball.
Imagine what he could do in more hitter-friendly confines, which could happen sooner rather than later as the Padres won’t be able to afford an extension for the slugger.
7. (tie) Justin Morneau, Minnesota (41)
A stress fracture shortened Morneau’s 2009 season, but he still managed his fourth-consecutive 100-plus RBI and third-straight 30-plus homer campaign. Imagine what Morneau could do if he stays healthy all of this season.
7. (tie) Mark Reynolds, Arizona (41)
A number of ranking lists overlook multiply eligible players. Reynolds, typically considered a third baseman, also qualified at first in 2010.
He is coming off a career year, and while many doubt he’ll repeat, he is young enough to be a statistical force for quite some time.
9. Joey Votto, Cincinnati (47)
Coming off a 2009 that saw him compile a career-best .322 batting average and .414 on-base percentage, Votto is on the verge of eliteness, and still only clocks in at nine on this list. Did I mention that first base is ripe with talent?
10. Kevin Youkilis, Boston (52)
Another third baseman import, Youkilis “suffered” through an injury-riddled 2009 by posting career-best numbers in stolen based and on-base percentage. He also garnered All-Star honors and hit .314 in the second half of the season. He is now projected as Boston’s cleanup hitter.
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