Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 20 First Basemen Rankings

Feb 9, 2010

Here’s my second look at the fantasy first basemen rankings.


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1.  Albert Pujols:  My thoughts haven’t wavered on Pujols as the #1 first baseman. Nobody’s have.

2.  Ryan Howard:  I bumped him up a spot. His average isn’t going to kill you, but you simply can’t ignore the HRs and RBIs he brings to the table. Sure, Prince Fielder was toe-to-toe with him last year, and Tex and Miggy have the potential, but Howard has been doing it for four straight years.
(2006-2009):  .278, 102 runs, 49.5 HRs, 143 RBIs, 2.5 SBs

3. Mark Teixeira:  I rank Tex at three simply because of the ballpark and lineup he’s in.

4.  Miguel Cabrera:  I went into further detail with Cabrera (click to see article) to justify the #4 ranking. I think his average is more likely to be a competitive edge over Prince Fielder, than Fielder’s HRs and RBIs over Cabrera.

5.  Prince Fielder:  His #5 ranking is merely a reflection as to how deep the position is.

6.  Victor Martinez:  Technically a catcher, V-Mart has first base eligibility. That dramatically adds to his value.

7.  Kevin Youkilis: Same goes for Youk, but replace catcher with third base.

8.  Adrian Gonzalez:  Quietly, steadily a nice source of HRs and RBIs.

9.  Justin Morneau:  I bumped him down a few notches mainly because of his injury history and the uncertainty of Target Field. Weather could play a key role in the opening and closing months of his season.

10.  Joey Votto:  Another player we profiled (click here for the article). Potential for a .310 average with 25-30 HRs and 100-110 RBIs.

11.  Mark Reynolds:  Reynolds has more value as a third basemen, but his speed and power combo makes him a #1 fantasy first basemen as well.

12.  Kendry Morales:  I’m concerned with the departure of Vladimir Guerrero even though they brought in Hideki Matsui. I’d still use him as a low-end fantasy 1B starter.

13.  Billy Butler:  Butler moved up on the list after looking deeper at his numbers. He figured out to hit righties last year, which should make his value soar.

14.  Pablo Sandoval:  Another third basemen with first basemen eligibility. I question the power, but the average should be there.

15.  Lance Berkman: He has dominated in his last four “even” years. I don’t see quite the output this year, but he’s still a nice CI/Util option.

16.  Adam Dunn:  You can just about pencil Dunn in for 40 HRs and 100 RBIs. You’ll have to live with the average.

17.  Carlos Pena:  Same deal as Dunn, only a worse average and fewer HRs.

18.  Derrek Lee:   I don’t believe in his 2009 power numbers (35 HRs, 111 RBIs, .972 OPS), but I do like him as a CI/Util/backup 1B.

19.  Adam LaRoche:  He’s averaged 24.6 HRs and 84.8 RBIs the past five years. With Arizona, He has a chance to take a step forward.

20.  Michael Cuddyer:  Cuddy played well filling in for Morneau last year, and made him more valuable this year with his 1B eligibility.  He’ll give you a decent amount of runs, HRs, and RBIs.

Click to see the rest of the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Steve
    February 9th, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Good stuff. I think Butler, Sandoval and Morales are ready to make major strides this season.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 9th, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    This truly is a deep position. I kinda like LaRoche as more of a sleeper guy.

  3. Rotoprofessor
    February 9th, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Our days of us agreeing are over….lol

    I can’t put Howard over Cabrera or Teixeira. Howard is a great player, but he’s just as likely to hit .230 as he is .280. That’s a big risk, and while he gives you more HR and RBI, the other two are better all around players. I would much rather have them in the first round.

  4. LestersLegends
    February 11th, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    He’s a career .279 hitter. The HRs and RBIs are unmatched, even by Pujols.

  5. RJMUZ
    February 19th, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    I agree with you on LaRoche as a sleeper, but you have to be patient with his annual s-l-o-w start. Last year I picked him up on waivers after someone gave up on him too early and benefited from his late season heroics. And it seems like he does the same thing every year.

  6. LestersLegends
    February 19th, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    it’s a marathon not a sprint, way to capitalize on that!

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