Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Fantasy Man's 2009 First Base 1B Rankings

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2009 Fantasy Baseball First Base 1B Rankings
Albert Pujols - Doesn't look like the elbow is that big a deal...
Miguel Cabrera - Terrible 1st half hampered numbers, now maybe a bargain late 1st round early 2nd
Ryan Howard - Looks like he'll be an AVG killer but HR/RBI potential is still late 1st round material
Prince Fielder - Big slump in 1st half hampered numbers in 2008, bounce back year with respectable power numbers
Mark Teixiera - In front of A-Rod he'll be ridiculous in 2009!
Lance Berkman - When he's hot, he's unbelieveable but when he's cold, fugettaboutit
Adrian Gonzalez - You could justify moving AGone up with Prince/Tex/Howard
David Ortiz - What can you expect with Manny gone? DH Only eligible, always available late 3rd round/early 4th
Justin Morneau - Steady contributor, you may not get the .320+ AVG but solid all around
Kevin Youkilis - This guy gets better every year, potential MVP in 2009
Carlos Pena - Big second half player it seems with 35+HR power
Derek Lee - Solid all round but don't expect 40+HR
Garrett Atkins - What happened in 2008?
Chris Davis - I love the keeper potential of Davis, may be over-hyped on draft day, normally would be an 8th-12th rounder
Joey Votto - Primed for a potentially huge break out
Carlos Delgado - Same as Giambi but I don't see a 35+HR year
Aubrey Huff - He was surprisingly solid in 2008 but his past numbers blow, so its tough to feel a repeat
James Loney - Doesn't appear to be a power guy, you're looking at about 15 dingers with an AVG close to .300
Connor Jackson - Great break out season, not sure if he's a repeater or if there is more to break out
Casey Kotchman - Same as Loney
Jason Giambi - If he plays everyday, 25/90 is not out of the question

Hank Blalock - If he can stay healthy, he'll be a huge comeback player
Travis Hafner - I don't know what to expect, maybe a comeback year? More of the same? Wait until after the 14th round
Billy Butler - Hasn't shown the power or that top AVG that he showed in the minors so he could bust out at any time
Chad Tracy - Solid all around player who could be a .285/20/80 guy if he had 500AB...which will be tough
Paul Konerko - Could be a sweet bargain late in drafts as he struggled in 2008
Jim Thome - Only as a DH but still has 30+HR power, low BA, high OBP
Lyle Overbay - I think the .300/20/100/100/10 days are gone but he's a solid AL Only/End of the draft guy
Ryan Garko - Big second half might have boosted him back into respectability
Nick Swisher - AVG killer but only a bench guy if he stays with the Yanks
Adam LaRoche - Usually a second half player

Mike Jacobs - 30+ HR power but also an AVG Killer
Daric Barton - Lacks power but still young enough to increase production in 2009
Todd Helton - Its possible he turns into a platoon player, gets traded, or retires
Jeff Baker - Has potential if the Rox can find a place for him
Kevin Millar - Solid AL Only contributor
Ronnie Belliard - NL Only
Travis Ishikawa - Low end NL Only
Bryan LaHair - Has 20+ HR potential but will kill AVG
Ross Gload - A part-time player but usually gets more time in 2nd half
Jeremy Reed - Will have 1B/OF eligibiity

Keep an eye on:
Matt LaPorta, MIL - May have OF eligibility and will be the top prospect going into 2009
Kila Ka’ahue, KC - Will be unleashed by mid-season, he's the next Ryan Howard type!

Nick Evans, NYM - Could take over if Mets pass on resigning Delgado or nabbing Tex

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