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2010 Fantasy Baseball Positional Rankings

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 03:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Seattle Mariners during a spring training game at Peoria Sports Complex on March 3, 2010 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IMarch 14, 2010

The starting pitcher has always been known as a primary weapon in the world of fantasy baseball. Whether you aim for the big-name studs or the unknown sleepers, one thing is for certain: An elite pitching arsenal will help lead any team to certain victory.

Here, we have 80 names that could very well be effective come 2010, and it all begins with NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum...

The relief pitcher, like its cousin the starting pitcher, is an essential tool for any Fantasy Baseball owner to possess. Any championship-caliber squad will usually contain anywhere from two to three relievers, as a few solid closers provide much-needed fantasy points at the end of each of their respective contests. 

In some leagues, a save can account for as many as 10 fantasy points.

Add that with the strikeouts mixed in, and you have a top scorer that will anchor the rest of your team.

Speaking of strikeouts, what better closer to lead our rankings than powerhouse Jonathan Broxton?...


Every year, the “hot corner” is known to produce some of the greatest bats in fantasy, stemming from the pure power of Alex Rodriguez to the contact of Chone Figgins

It appears as though no matter where you are placed in your fantasy baseball draft, odds are you will end up with a top-notch corner infielder as Week One of the season finally closes in. 

Today, amongst all the performers on this list, though, we are going to take a look at the Bronx Bomber himself, A-Rod...


Second base, a position formerly known as weak, has seen an upgrade over the past season with the additions of several rising superstars. The awakening of Ben Zobrist brought new life to the Tampa Bay middle infield. The revival of Aaron Hill gave Toronto a second baseman to build around. Even the rookie campaign of Chicago’s Gordon Beckham injected fans with hope for an optimistic future.

Today, though, we are here to talk about the No. 1 man on our list, Chase Utley...


When one thinks of first base, what attribute of a ballplayer comes to mind? Is it leadership? Intelligence? Power? No matter what thought you may have, they all most probably point to the top player on our Fantasy Baseball first base rankings, Albert Pujols.

Pujols, who hit for a .327 average last season with 47 HR, 135 RBI, 124 R and 16 SB, topped our list of top corner infielders last year, and this time around feels no different...


The outfield, arguably the most fun position to tinker with in Fantasy Baseball, allows owners to dig deep into their sleepers/busts lists in order to find hidden gems that could bring their team to the top. 

Last season, both Baltimore’s Adam Jones and Florida’s Chris Coghlan became two young stars in the world of baseball, leading the way in what we hope is a bright future for the sport.

Alongside them, the veteran powerhouses, including the likes of Ryan Braun, Manny Ramirez and Matt Holliday, continued to prove why they will be top picks come the 2010 draft season. Today, though, we focus our attention to the young superstar in Milwaukee...


Last season, the DH rankings looked fairly similar.  We saw the likes of David Ortiz, Travis Hafner and Vladimir Guerrero atop the list, with their power numbers being the catalysts for their preseason ranks. 

Going into 2010, however, things look a little different. These three names have thus been dethroned, and two new names sit at the top spots.  Now, Minnesota Twins star Jason Kubel leads the pack heading into the season...


The shortstop position is one that many Fantasy Baseball Owners find frustrating during the season, as a decent number of top-quality middle infielders are usually hard to come by. In 2010, however, things feel a little different. The “pop” that was recently lacking from the “SS” spot on our fantasy rosters has been revitalized, and it all begins with our No. 1-ranked shortstop, Hanley Ramirez...


Looking throughout our 2010 catcher rankings, it appears as though youth is the key to success when it comes to being a backstop, as the youngsters are stockpiled on this season’s list, stretching from our No. 1 spot in Joe Mauer down to the No. 40 slot in Tyler Flowers. All in all, though, we are here to focus on the main man in Minnesota...

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