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2011 Fantasy Projections No. 3: Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera Is Mr. Consistency

NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers follows through on a first inning two run home run against the New York Yankees on August 19, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Nick KappelAnalyst IIIJanuary 17, 2011

Our 2011 fantasy baseball projections will be released one-by-one until the top 100 players have been revealed.

These rankings consider past achievements, current performance and expected future results based on standard 5×5 H2H settings.


Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera is the epitome of consistency.

Discounting his rookie campaign, Cabrera has seven full seasons under his belt averaging 158 games player per year. Miggy’s career averages (again not counting his rookie season) would be worth the third overall pick: 100 runs, 34 homers, 117 RBI, .317 average.

Cabrera will likely be sandwiched between Magglio Ordonez and Victor Martinez as the Tigers’ cleanup hitter in 2011, providing him plenty of protection and opportunity.

Any thoughts of a letdown following his career-best 2010 campaign should be directed to the positive trends in his peripherals over the last three seasons:



  • 2008: .887
  • 2009: .942
  • 2010: 1.042


  • 2008: 8.2%
  • 2009: 9.9%
  • 2010: 13.7%


  • 2008: 20.5%
  • 2009: 17.5%
  • 2010: 17.3%


First base is deep, but other than Albert Pujols, Cabrera is the most consistent and reliable option available.

Draft him with the third pick and plug him into your lineup, knowing you’re set at first base for the rest of the season.

2010 stats648111381263.328
3-year average67297361193.314
2011 FBI Forecast685105351253.325




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