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First Baseman Ranking Comparison

My first baseman rankings back in March, including round drafted:

Rnk Name $ VAL Round
1 Albert Pujols $30.64 1
2 Ryan Howard $24.85 1
3 Prince Fielder $21.91 1
4 Mark Teixeira $19.25 2
5 Lance Berkman $17.02 3
6 Derrek Lee $15.61 4
7 Justin Morneau $13.02 4
8 Carlos Guillen $12.14 5
9 Carlos Pena $11.41 5
10 Adrian Gonzalez $11.25 7
11 Todd Helton $10.19 11
12 Paul Konerko $8.98 8
13 Victor Martinez $8.84 3
14 Nick Swisher $7.76 7
15 Alex Gordon $6.00 12
16 James Loney $5.36 11
17 Carlos Delgado $5.29 12
18 Adam LaRoche $4.04 19
19 Kevin Youkilis $3.79 15
20 Conor Jackson $2.76 26
21 Ryan Garko $2.61 15
22 Mike Jacobs $0.30 27
23 Aubrey Huff $0.19 28

Actual rankings for 2008:

Rnk Name Round
1 Albert Pujols 1
2 Lance Berkman 3
3 Mark Teixeira 2
4 Aubrey Huff 28
5 Kevin Youkilis 15
6 Miguel Cabrera 1
7 Justin Morneau 4
8 Ryan Howard 1
9 Adrian Gonzalez 7
10 Carlos Delgado 12
11 Derrek Lee 4
12 Prince Fielder 1
13 Jorge Cantu N/A
14 Conor Jackson 26
15 Garrett Atkins 5
16 Jose Lopez N/A
17 Joey Votto 24
18 James Loney 11
19 Adam Dunn 4
20 Jason Giambi 23
21 Carlos Pena 5
22 Casey Blake 24
23 Mike Jacobs 27
24 Adam LaRoche 19
25 Carlos Guillen 5

It's quite possible first base was make or break for your fantasy season this year. 

Busts: Lee, Guillen, Pena, Helton, Konerko, Swisher.  These picks did not work out as hoped.  Lee, Guillen, and Konerko may just be naturally declining.  Helton was hurt.  As for Swisher...maybe he needed an adjustment period after the trade?  He's had two decent months out of six; last year he only had one bad month.  Fielder's been disappointing, but it's mainly because he was drafted too early originally.  By the way I would suggest not drafting Huff or Delgado in the fifth or sixth round.

Surprises: Huff, Youkilis, Delgado, Cantu, Jackson, Votto.  If you were "stuck" with one of these guys at first, you were pleasantly surprised.  Aside from maybe Jackson and Votto, I'm not sure how these breakouts/career years could've been predicted.  I guess the lesson again is that if you have a guy you know is decent and he starts raking, just pick him up and ask questions later.  Huff, Youk, Delgado, Cantu...all four have had past fantasy success, just not much in '07.


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