Fantasy Baseball: 2011 A.L. Only Top 10 First Basemen Rankings

Feb 27, 2011

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Here’s a last minute look at the 2011 A.L. Only First Base rankings.
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1.   Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox:  A-Gone averaged 34.3  HRs and 104.8 HRs in his past four seasons with the Padres. Now he goes to more of a hitter’s park with a lineup that includes Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Big Papi and Kevin Youkilis. This could be a monster year.
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2.  Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers:  Miggy didn’t have any setbacks and it appears he won’t miss any time. Now that he’s back to a structured schedule I don’t expect a relapse.
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3.  Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees:  Tex had a down year by hitting .256, yet he still managed to score 113 runs with 33 HRs and 108 RBIs. He’s a strong bet to rebound in a big way this year.
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4.  Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox:  Youk’s problem isn’t performing, it’s staying healthy. He was limited to 102 games last year. In fact, his career high in games played is 147 so you’re taking a little bit of a risk drafting him, especially considering he’s returning to the hot corner. Still, in that lineup he’s good for .300+, 90+ runs, 25+ HRs, and 90+ RBIs, and those are low estimates.
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5.  Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox:  Dunn isn’t a sexy pick, but has averaged 40.3 HRs and 101.3 RBIs in his past seven seasons. It’s his first time playing for an American League team and is a career .250 hitter so there is a little concern.
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6.  Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins:  Morneau is on the right track to recover from his season-sending concussion. He is a high risk/reward option.
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7.  Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals:  Butler can hit .300, but has yet to show the power that he is capable of. If he can make that jump this year, look out.
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8.  Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers:   You’re most likely drafting him as  your catcher, but he does have 1B eligibility. Plus, he can flat out rake. The move to Detroit will cost him some production, but he’s still a solid option.
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9.  Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox:  Konerko is 35, but he continues to deliver the long ball. His average won’t hold up, but hopefully his back will.
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10.  Kendry Morales, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Morales’ had one of his biggest highs and the definite low on the same play. The good news is that in his brief playing time, he proved that 2009 wasn’t a fluke.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mike
    March 2nd, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I actually think A-Gon’s HR numbers won’t be affected that much. HR park factor for Fenway is .871 (21st) while Petco is .856 (22nd). But if you play in a league with SLG you will see some gains. Fenway is ranked #2 while Petco is ranked #30. But don’t expect more triples; while Fenway ranks #28 for 3Bs, Petco ranks #7. Granted he’s in a better lineup so he will see better pitches, but I wouldn’t count on 40 HR’s. Personally, I think Cabrera will have the best performance and is who I would target, but Tex is the safe bet.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 2nd, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    As long as he keeps his nose clean and seems to be in the right mindset, I’ll put Cabrera back at the top.

    As a lefty, I think A-Gone will pull plenty down Pesky Pole and have a pretty big total myself. Can’t argue with your logic though.

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