Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 15 First Basemen Rankings

Jan 14, 2010

Here’s an early look at the 2010 First Base rankings.

1.  Albert Pujols – Simply the cream of the crop.

2.  Mark Teixeira – Could knock in even more Yankees with Curtis Granderson addition. I expect a better average in 2010.

3.  Ryan Howard – His average didn’t kill you last year, but it was still enough to keep him out of the two slot.

4.  Miguel Cabrera – Better average than Tex and Howard, but fewer RBI opportunities.

5.  Prince Fielder – He actually had better numbers than Howard or Tex, but  I think he has a harder time replicating those numbers.

6.  Justin Morneau – His numbers have varied the past four years, but as a whole have been solid. I expect something around the average of those four years with Morneau hitting around .290 with 30 HRs and 120 RBIs.

7.  Adrian Gonzalez – I’d like him more if he got traded, but he still should give you around .280 with 38 HRs and 110 RBIs.

8.  Kevin Youkilis – I’d like Youk because he gives you a nice average and is 3B eligible. He doesn’t give you has many HRs, but he should reach 100+ RBIs.

9.  Joey Votto – I’m going with the potential pick here. I think Votto is such a pure hitter that 30  HRs and 100 RBIs should come naturally in his third full season. His batting average should be a plus.

10.  Mark Reynolds – I know he’s a Third Baseman, but he has First Base eligibility. I don’t expect him to match the gaudy numbers he posted last year, but he should provide plenty of pop and a fair amount of SBs.

11.  Lance Berkman – The reliable Berkman had a down year with 25 HRs and 80 RBIs. I’m betting he’s more likely to bounce back to the 30+ HR, 100+ RBI season that we’ve grown accustomed to than to continue his decline.

12.  Kendry Morales – The fluke factor comes into play with Morales, but I’m confident he’s worthy of a starting 1B gig on fantasy teams even without Vladimir Guerrero and Chone Figgins in their lineup.

13. Adam Dunn – His average didn’t kill you last year and he’s one of the steadiest HR hitters in the league.

14.  Carlos Pena – You’ll have to live with his batting average, but he should hit a ton of HRs and drive in a bunch of runs.

15. Billy Butler – I think Butler is on his way towards breaking out big time. I could see him hitting over .300 with 25 HRs and 100 RBIs.

Also check out:

2010 Second Base Rankings
2010 Top 15 Third Basemen
2010 Top 15 Shortstops
2010 Top 15 Catchers
2010 Top 25 Outfielders
2010 2011 Top 11 Designated Hitters
2010 Top 25 Starting Pitchers
2010 Top 15 Closers

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17 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Bill Miller
    January 15th, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi, I agree that Votto and Butler are on the verge of a big season, especially Votto. I think all Angels will have a big challenge replicating their numbers from last year, including K. Morales. Berkman is on a permanent down-hill slide; I’m staying away from him. Finally, keep in mind the Twins new park is deeper in right-center and down the right field line, plus it’ll be cold as hell in April and September. All of these factors could negatively affect Justin Morneau’s performance in 2010.

  2. LestersLegends
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Depends on when you can get Berkman. I’ll give him a chance to bounce back at a reasonable price.

    As for Morneau, that could be true though April and September usually aren’t that bad here.

  3. Bill Miller
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Didn’t realize you were in Minnesota for some reason. Thought it would be more like Maine in Apri (where I recently moved from,)where Spring doesn’t come until around mid-May, if ever. I my fantasy league (10 team mixed league, head-to-head points based) I don’t expect Berkman to get drafted until somewhere between rounds 8-12. I think Fielder will be the second first-baseman off the board in my league, followed closely by Howard, Teixeira, Cabrera and Gonzalez.

  4. LestersLegends
    January 15th, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    It can be nice in April. It’s hit or miss really. Same with September.

    That sounds about right for Berkman. Could be nice value there.

  5. Frank
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Votto is a pure hitter … yet being only at #9 really tells us how many productive first basemen there are!

  6. LestersLegends
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    It really is a deep position.

  7. Bill Miller
    January 18th, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    I agree with Frank. By the end of this season, Votto will be regarded as a top five or six first-baseman.

  8. LestersLegends
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    I can see that if he stays healthy. He can really rake and plays in a hitters’ park.

  9. CubbyCaz
    January 25th, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    No Derek Lee? Horseshit.

  10. LestersLegends
    January 25th, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    That’s just a reflection of how deep the position is. I don’t see him posting his 2009 numbers. I see a guy who hits close to .300 with low 20s HRs and 85-90 RBIs. He’s probably #16 in my book.

  11. Colt McCoy
    January 25th, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Those strike outs with reynolds are enough to scare me off taking him again.

  12. LestersLegends
    January 25th, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    I can live with them if he can steal those bases again.

  13. Bill Miller
    January 25th, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    A player’s age always has to be taken into consideration as a factor when ranking ball-players. Derrek Lee had a nice year last season, between injuries (only 532 at bats) but he’s 34 now, and last season was his first truly impressive season since 2005. I would rate him one step above Paul Konerko.

  14. LestersLegends
    January 25th, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Agree about the age, but I would much rather have Lee than Konerko.

  15. Alex
    August 27th, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Good call on the good season by Votto. Can you say triple crown?

  16. Bill Miller
    August 27th, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    It’s amazing that both Pujols and Votto are both chasing the Triple Crown. Suppose, however, Votto continues to put of great numbers, and leads the Reds to the playoffs, but Pujols wins the Triple Crown on a Cardinals team that doesn’t make the playoffs. Who, then, do you think should be the MVP?

  17. LestersLegends
    August 27th, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    Since the T.C. hasn’t happened since 1967, I would give the MVP to a player that did it even if he were on a last place team.

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