Fantasy Baseball 2011: Ranking the Second Tier First Basemen

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Fantasy Baseball 2011: Ranking the Second Tier First Basemen
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In auctions, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto are all going to cost you a pretty penny.

Pujols has averaged a price tag of $58.20 throughout the Yahoo! universe, while Cabrera and Votto have found themselves on either side of $50. 

The following are a group of players who pack a solid and consistent power punch in the middle of their respective lineups: Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Marx Teixeira and Prince Fielder.

Depending on the auction, these four go anywhere from the low $40 range, to as high as $50.

For the cost, you're paying for some of the few players in baseball who consistently generate 35-plus home runs, 100-plus runs and 110-plus RBI seasons. Batting average potential and slight counting stat variances account for their minute price differentials.

Solid production out of your first base slot is almost a necessity for winning a fantasy title.

Other than sacrificing batting average and taking Adam Dunn, going after a first baseman below the top seven is a risky proposition. 

What follows is a breakdown of these so-called "second tier" first basemen. 

Data courtesy of:

Ron Shandler's 2011 Baseball Forecaster

Yahoo Fantasy Draft Analysis

Fangraphs

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