2011 Fantasy Baseball: Value RBI Options

Mar 18, 2011


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When the top RBI guys are off the board, there are still value picks that can help you in that category. Average Draft Positions are from Mock Draft Central.
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Catcher
Kurt Suzuki, Oakland A’s:  Suzuki had 71 RBI last year and 88 in 2009. Both years he had the fourth RBI among catchers. With an ADP of 171, there are ten catchers that are (on average) going before him in fantasy drats.
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Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals:  Molina had the eighth most RBI (62) last year. He was 11th in 2009 (54) and 12th in 2008 (56). He’s not going to win the RBI category for you, but he should be a nice value with his 189 ADP.
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First Base
Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals:  LaRoche had the tenth most RBI (100) among first basemen last year. He has averaged 89.2 RBI over the past five years. Despite his consistent solid performances, he has an ADP of 178, which is 15th among first basement.
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Carlos Pena, Chicago Cubs:  Pena had 84 RBI last year, and has averaged 101.8 the past four years. He has an ADP of 181, which makes him a pretty strong value.
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Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins:  Sanchez is a boring pick, but he did manage 85 RBI last year. He has an ADP of 187 so he’s worth a look.
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Ike Davis, New York Mets:  Davis had 71 RBI in 147 games last year and should only get stronger. He’ll turn 24 later this month, and he has a ton of upside. Davis has an ADP of 201.
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Derrek Lee, Baltimore Orioles:  Lee had just 80 RBI last year, but has averaged 90.8 the past four years. His ADP of 228 is a great value.
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Second Base
Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays:  Hill had 68 RBI last year despite a .196 BABIP. With 108 RBI in 2009, he is definitely worth a look, especially with an ADP of 160.
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Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Uribe had 85 RBI last year, which ranked third among second basemen. He likely loses some value with his move to the Dodgers, but makes up for it with multiple position eligibility. He’s worth a look with his 240 ADP.
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Third Base
Ty Wiggington, Colorado Rockies:  He’ll play a little bit of this and a little bit of that. He had 76 RBI last year, and his move to Colorado should be a favorable one. Wiggington’s ADP is 215. Jose Lopez (ADP 199) should also get some work. Both should have value right away as Ian Stewart will likely start the year on the shelf.
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Kevin Kouzmanoff, Oakland A’s:  Kouzmanoff had 71 RBI last year and has averaged 79.3 the past four years. He has an ADP of 363, which means he’ll likely go undrafted in your league.
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Shortstop
Alex Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves:  Gonzalez won’t match the 88 RBI he had last year, but he should be a nice source for his position. His ADP is 147.
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Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers:  Peralta isn’t a sexy pick, but he’s averaged 84.3 RBI the past three years and 78.5 the past six. Not a bad option at shortstop, especially considering he also has third base eligibility and an ADP of 251.
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Outfield
Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles:  Jones had 69 RBI last year and 70 the year before, but the Orioles have made improvements to their lineup. He’ll turn 26 in August so this could be the year he fulfills his promise. His ADP of 180 puts him at a nice value.
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Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox:  Quentin had 87 RBI last year. He always seems to be an injury risk, but his ADP of 193 makes him a good gamble later in your draft.
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Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins:  Cuddy could be easy to overlook as the Twins seem to move him all around the field. Still, he remains productive. He’s averaged  87.5 RBI the past two years and has first base eligibility. Cuddy has an ADP of 224.
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Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies:  I have no idea how he has anything left in the tank, but Ibanez had 83 RBI last year, and has averaged 100.5 RBI over the past six years. He’s worth a look with an ADP of 198.
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Travis Snider, Toronto Blue Jays:  You’d be drafting on potential if you chose Snider, but with an ADP of 247 there isn’t much risk involved.
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Designated Hitter
Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays:  He could possibly have first base or outfield eligibility, but with 186 RBI over the past two years, he’s a solid utility option. His ADP is 166.
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David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox:  He is slow out of the gate, but Big Papi has averaged 96.7 RBI the past three years. Not bad for someone with an ADP of 173.
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Hideki Matsui, Oakland A’s:  Matsui left the Bronx, but still managed 84 RBI with the Angels. I doubt he’ll be as productive, but he’s worth a look with an ADP of 261.
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