Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Fantasy Man's Top 50 of 2010

The 2009 fantasy baseball season is over and while we're all involved with the post season and with fantasy football, why not be the first to look ahead into fantasy baseball 2010. Below is a list at who I think should be the top 25 going into 2010 drafts. This list is open debate and will most likely be changed again early in the offseason as I'll have to make adjustments once the post season ends.

1. Alex Rodriguez
2. Albert Pujols
3. Hanley Ramirez
4. Ryan Braun
5. Miguel Cabrera
6. Chase Utley
7. Matt Kemp
8. Joe Mauer
9. Carl Crawford
10. Prince Fielder
11. Ryan Howard
12. Mark Teixeira
13. Adrian Gonzalez
14. Ian Kinsler
15. Troy Tulowitzski
16. Jimmy Rollins
17. Jacoby Ellsbury
18. Matt Holliday

19. Grady Sizemore
20. Jose Reyes
21. Johan Santana
22. Roy Halladay
23. Tim Lincecum
24. C.C. Sabathia
25. David Wright
26. Evan Longoria
27. Justin Morneau
28. Carlos Beltran
29. Justin Upton

30. Robinson Cano
31. Pablo Sandoval
32. Kevin Youkilis
33. Jason Bay
34. Ichiro Suzuki
35. Manny Ramirez
36. Mark Reynolds
37. Adam Lind
38. Andre Ethier
39. Aaron Hill

40. Ryan Zimmerman
41. Kendry Morales
42. Chris Carpenter
43. Adam Wainwright
44. Zach Greinke
45. Jayson Werth
46. Derek Jeter

47. Brian Roberts
48. Dustin Pedroia
49. Brian McCann
50. Ben Zobrist

You could certainly open this up for debate. Consider it a starter ranking for 2010. I think you have to give Joe Mauer his props considering his risk and you still have to consider Jose Reyes and Grady Sizemore top 20 fantasy picks despite this years injuries. My biggest issue is David Wright. He currently has 8 HR and while we shouldn't expect the Mets to be as bad next year as they are this year, I'm having trouble ranking him higher.

Some other players you may consider could be Robinson Cano who finally had a breakout year but who also could be better next year. Dustin Pedroia was a top 20 favorite in drafts earlier this year but we found that most experts who touted Pedroia that earlier were clearly wrong. 15 HR and 72 RBI as of today doesn't warrant a top 20 pick considering he had 10HR and 57 RBI with about 2 weeks left to go in the season. I actually replaced Manny Ramirez with Justin Upton as Upton's numbers are almost identical to Matt Hollidays' but with more steals and a more attractive age than Manny. You can certainly pair C.C. Sabathia with Roy Halladay and Johan Santana but I feel the latter two are more automatic and I wanted to make room for Upton in the top 25. Mark Reynolds with that power/speed combo and youth is a must in the top 40 if you can't sneak him into the top 25. He gets knocked slightly because of the K's and his unpredictability but he's a nice option to load up on HR/SB. Personally, I don't think he'll go 40/20 again but you may see a few less HR with a slightly better BA.

Other potential top 50 candidates but.....
Michael Young - Does anyone see him hitting 20+ HR next year again?
Victor Martinez - Steady Eddie, .300/20/100... ish every year
Nelson Cruz - Legit power/speed should be a late 3rd/4th rounder, BA suffers a bit.
Brandon Phillips - 20/20 potential every year but the BA is a killer, probably a top 50 guy though on this list by the time we approach fantasy drafts in January.

I'm interested to see how rankings start to shape up as the season nears an end. I will update this list again sometime in late November or December.

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