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First Base Rankings

Using 20 games for eligibility, here are our tentative rankings for first basemen.  These are based on a standard 12 team 5x5 mixed league (categories: AVG, HR, RBI, R, SB).  Adam Dunn (17 games played) and Pablo Sandoval (17 games) did not make the cut.  Dunn would be worth $11.92, Sandoval not quite draftable at this position.  Draft round is in parentheses.

  1. Albert Pujols - $32.23 (1)
  2. Ryan Howard - $25.27 (1)
  3. Miguel Cabrera - $24.79 (1)
  4. Mark Teixeira - $19.94 (2)
  5. Lance Berkman - $19.90 (2)
  6. Prince Fielder - $18.34 (3)
  7. Chris Davis - $16.49 (6)
  8. Joey Votto - $14.51 (7)
  9. Justin Morneau - $14.39 (2)
  10. Adrian Gonzalez - $11.98 (3)
  11. Kevin Youkilis - $11.41 (4)
  12. Derrek Lee - $10.66 (7)
  13. Garrett Atkins - $10.25 (7)
  14. Carlos Delgado - $9.46 (9)
  15. Carlos Pena - $9.17 (6)
  16. Aubrey Huff - $7.02 (8)
  17. Carlos Guillen - $5.65 (21)
  18. Paul Konerko - $5.63 (16)
  19. Conor Jackson - $5.36 (18)
  20. Mike Jacobs - $4.97 (21)
  21. Adam LaRoche - $4.18 (23)
  22. James Loney - $2.92 (9)
  23. Jorge Cantu - $2.01 (13)
  24. Casey Kotchman - $1.66 (22)
  25. Jason Giambi - $1.58 (17)
  26. Hank Blalock - $1.40 (18)
  27. Billy Butler - $1.33 (27)
  28. Nick Swisher - $0.67 (17)

Aside from Pujols, you will probably not see me take a 1B early.  As you know, I consider Davis and Votto pretty good bargains (yes, the hype is mounting).  Lee are Atkins are Plan B if I don't get Davis or Votto.  Jackson and Butler have upside for your CI slot.  Huff and LaRoche are in contract years.

Morneau, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Pena, and Huff don't do much for me where they are being drafted.  And I really don't get what people see in Loney so early; I have him at .293-13-82-67-6 in 547 ABs.  In general, though, I can see why people are reaching for 1Bs.


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