Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 15 First Basemen Rankings
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.
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2010 Top 15 Third Basemen
2010 Top 15 Shortstops
2010 Top 15 Catchers
2010 Top 25 Outfielders
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2010 Top 25 Starting Pitchers
2010 Top 15 Closers