2012 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings

Jan 24, 2012

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By Alex Gallardo, AP
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For the second straight year an elite first baseman switched leagues. Albert Pujols’ departure was a much bigger deal than Adrian Gonzalez’s though. Prince Fielder made it two.
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Here’s the first look at the 2012 LestersLegends First Base Rankings.
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1.  Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: Cabrera is entering the 2012 season in a better place than he was last year. His personal issues did not affect his play. Adding Prince Fielder makes him even more dangerous. What sets Cabrera apart from Pujols and A-Gone is his switch to third base.
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2. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: The move to the American League does not concern me. He can get a day off at DH from time to time. There is adjustment when switching leagues, but I think the American League pitchers are going to be the ones that need adjusting in this case.
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3. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox were disappointing last year, but that wasn’t on A-Gone. He was right in line with Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols on most categories. He finished first in the AL in RBI and that was with Carl Crawford having a down year. I expect him to bounce back, which could help Gonzalez win the RBI title.
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4. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds: Votto took a step back last year, but who can take issue with a .309-101-29-103-8 line? You aren’t losing much if you have to “settle” for Votto.
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5. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers:  I did not see this signing coming. That makes five of the big six first basemen in the American League. It will be interesting to see if Prince or Cabrera is the primary DH. I give Votto a slight edge because of his ability to steal bases, but any of the top six first basemen are money.
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6. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: Tex has turned into a Ryan Howard of sorts (minus the strikeouts). You know he’s going to give you ample HRs (37.0 average since joining the Yankees) and RBI (113.7 average since joining the Yankees), but you have to deal with his falling batting average (.292 to .256 to .248). I still think he’s more likely to bounce back in taht department than not.
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7. Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers: Napoli caught fire in July last year and remained hot through the World Series. He hit .320 with 30 HRs. With 1B/C eligibility, he’s a valuable option.
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8. Michael Morse, Washington Nationals: I like Morse for his production the past 1.5 years (46 HRs since June 2010) and his positional flexibility (1B, OF).
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9. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: He came in with huge expectations and delivered posting a .293-66-19-78-11 line. Playing in KC could limit his run and RBI totals, but the future is bright for this guy.
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10. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves: Freeman also came in with high expectations. His .282-67-21-76-4 line did not disappoint. He could easily reach those numbers again, with a great possibility of improving.
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11. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians: He’s young and has plenty to improve on (.239 average), but he’s got big time power (27 HRs last year) and with 1B/C eligibility he gets a boost in value.
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12. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies: Howard will miss time with an Achilles injury, but he should still give you power when he returns. Even though he is going in the wrong direction, he is worth a look as a low-end starting first basemen or a high-end corner infield option.
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13. Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox: I’m not sure if this guy ages. He’ll turn 36 this year and you would think his decline would have begun, but he is coming off back-to-back .300+, 30+ HR, 100+ RBI seasons.
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14. Michael Young, Texas Rangers:  The dude doesn’t age or slow down. You’re not going to get home runs from him, but expect a .300+ average and a solid number of runs and RBI
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15. Ike Davis, New York Mets: Davis was hitting .302 with seven HRs and 25 RBI through 36 games. The Mets have made changes to Citi Field that should make it a little more hitter-friendly.

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  1. Fantasy Football Gamers » MLB: Player Rankings/Projections, and articles
    February 17th, 2012 at 12:00 am #

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  2. Michael M.
    February 26th, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I have to decide on one keeper to finish out my team, HELP?. I have N. Feliz for $1.25 a year/1 year or F. Freeman for $1.75 a year/2 years ($100 total salry cap). The only benefit I see right now with N. Feliz is that he qualifies for a RP. Our league we can start 4 SP, 2 RP, and 1 Flex. So need be it, I will the opportunity to start 6 SP. But who do think in your opinion will be a better deal or have a better season for the value? Thanks.

  3. LestersLegends
    February 26th, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I would go with Freeman. The fact that you have him for two years at that bargain is huge.

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