2011 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Wheelhouse Rankings, First Base (1B), June 2nd

Maxwell SalvatiContributor IIJune 2, 2011

Can Eric Hosmer crack the top-10 for the first time this season? Bettter question: Can he stay there?
Can Eric Hosmer crack the top-10 for the first time this season? Bettter question: Can he stay there?Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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Top 35 First Basemen:

*Note: Number in parenthesis denotes last week's ranking.

Tier 1

1 (1). Adrian Gonzalez, BOS

  • He's on-pace for .328/100/30/135/3 after an incredibly slow start and without the 40-plus HR I have him down for.

2 (4). Miguel Cabrera, DET

  • His power is down, but he's still maintaining a .310 AVG and is on pace for 120 runs and RBI. When his power returns, he could be No. 1. Trending Upward. 

3 (3). Joey Votto, CIN

  • Hitting .338 and is on-pace for 110 runs and 90 RBI, while swiping 10-15 stolen bases. If Bruce continues his torrid surge and Votto can start hitting for a bit more power, he could be No. 1.

4 (2). Albert Pujols, STL

  • Sustained mediocre production, and Holliday is headed to the DL. Not. Looking. Good. I'd have a hard time even advising to buy-low at this point. Trending Downward.

 

Tier 2

5 (5). Prince Fielder, MIL

6 (6). Mark Teixeira, NYY

  • Four home runs in his last seven games and is now on-pace for 48 for the season, though he is only hitting .257. Maybe last year's batting average wasn't an aberration. Trending Upward.

7 (7). Paul Konerko, CWS

 

Tier 3

8 (10). Eric Hosmer, KC

  • Through 23 games and 103 at-bats, Hosmer has proven that he not only belongs in the majors but that he belongs in my top-10 1B. If we extrapolate his numbers so far out over 600 at-bats, he's on-pace to hit a ridiculous .291/73/30/102/12. You've officially arrived, kid. And I know what you're thinking, yes, I have Hosmer above Youkilis and Berkman. That's how much I believe in him. In-Depth Fantasy Profile With Projections and Analysis. Trending Upward.

9 (8). Kevin Youkilis, BOS

10 (11). Ryan Howard, PHI

  • The additions of Utley and Brown help keep him afloat in the top-10.

11 (9). Lance Berkman, STL

  • 5-for-22 over the last week with one RBI. I've been saying that he is going to slow down all season long. Trending Downward. 

12 (12). Gaby Sanchez, FLA

  • Proving himself to be a .300 hitter with 25 HR pop. This may be his ceiling, but I trust his counting stats to be there more than I do Billy Butlers because of the supporting cast—  Hanley, Morrison and Stanton.

 

Tier 4

13 (13). Billy Butler, KC

  • Might not be the 25-30 HR threat I believed him to be in the preseason, though he's still good for a .300 AVG and 15-25 home runs. Like Sanchez, without 25-plus HR power, this might be around his ceiling.

14 (18). Adam Lind, TOR

  • He was on a torrid pace before he got hurt and he should be back for next week. Trending Upward. 

15 (23). Howard Kendrick, ANA

  • Like Lind, he was on a torrid pace before he landed on the DL and he should be back for next week. Trending Upward.

16 (24). Mark Trumbo, ANA

  • Two home runs and a stolen base in his last four and is now on-pace for 27 HR and 13 SB. Trending Upward.

17 (20). Carlos Santana, CLE

  • Starting to hit. A-watch-out-now! Trending Upward.

18 (19). Michael Young, TEX

  • Hitting for negative power.

19 (20). Justin Morneau, MIN

20 (27). Alex Gordon, KC

  • Two home runs in the last seven games puts him on-pace for .284/106/20/88/14. Trending Upward.

21 (15). Justin Smoak, SEA

22 (16). Mitch Moreland, TEX

23 (14). Adam Dunn, CWS

  • 71 K's and five home runs. Ouch. Trending Downward.

 

Tier 5

24 (31). Mike Napoli, TEX

  • Four home runs in his last seven games, now on-pace for 30 HR. Trending Upward.

25 (30). Brett Wallace, HOU

26 (29). Matt LaPorta, CLE

27 (32). Freddie Freeman, ATL

28 (22). Ike Davis, NYM

  • Another setback while on the DL Ugh.com. Trending Downward.

 

Tier 6

29 (25). Aubrey Huff, SF

30 (26). Todd Helton, COL

  • I believe in the batting average; don't believe in the power.

31 (28). Carlos Lee, HOU

32 (33). Michael Cuddyer, MIN

 

Tier 7

33 (32). Garrett Jones, PIT

34 (33). James Loney, LAD

35 (34). Carlos Pena, CHC

35a (35). Derrek Lee, BAL