Joey Votto is mentally ready and could have a "breakout" season in 2010.
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In the first of an eight-part series, we will look at the 2010 TSN Fantasy Rankings for baseball - by position.
Obviously, there is no question who the best and most consistent first baseman is, it's Albert Pujols. But the position is a very deep one which means you don't necessarily have to rush to select one in the first round. I'd be more than happy to be "stuck" with Joey Votto or Adrian Gonzalez.
1) Albert Pujols, STL (ADP 1) - If I need to elaborate more about choosing Pujols as the No.1 first baseman, you should take up another hobby instead of fantasy baseball...like poetry reading.
2) Mark Teixeira, NYY (ADP 10.5) - In his first season in new surroundings, Teixeira had 39 HR and 122 RBI. That included not having A-Rod's bat protecting him in the lineup until May 8th. He should be better this year than last.
3) Ryan Howard, PHI (ADP 11.5) - Although the 2006 batting average (.313) was obviously an aberration, the rest of Howard's game is spectacular and consistent. He has averaged 102 runs, 49 HR and 143 RBI over the past four years.
4) Miguel Cabrera, DET (ADP 13) - Cabrera is almost as consistent as Pujols, albeit at a slightly lower level. Between 85-112 runs, 26-37 HR and 103-127 RBI for the last six seasons. The big outfield in Detroit hasn't seemed to hurt him much, but perhaps the loss of Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco at the top of the lineup will. He'll have rookies Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore and 100-year-old Magglio Ordonez as his 1-2-3 hitters.
5) Prince Fielder, MIL (ADP 10.4) - Fielder hit 50 HRs in 2007 and 46 HR in 2009 while smacking just 28 in 2006 and 34 in 2008. Following the trend he's headed for a "down" year in 2010.
6) Kevin Youkilis, BOS (ADP 31.9) - Batting cleanup for the Red Sox with their solid 1-2-3 hitters in front of him should produce plenty of RBIs. My only concern is whether David Ortiz is enough protection.
7) Joey Votto, CIN (ADP 30.2) - If Votto is mentally ready, he could have a "breakout" season. As it was he scored 82 runs, hit 25 homers, knocked in 84 and batted .322 in just 469 at-bats.
8) Adrian Gonzalez, SD (ADP 26.5) - Gonzalez could be traded at the deadline since he is asking for "Teixeira-type" money and the Padres don't seem prepared to pay it. That could help his statistics considering the spacious ballpark he plays in 82 times a year. Gonzalez hit 28 of his 40 home runs on the road last season and batted .306 away from Petco Park (.244 at home).
9) Justin Morneau, MIN (ADP 44.6) - Morneau "only" knocked in 100 runs last year, partly because the normally single and doubles-hitting Joe Mauer hit 28 homers in 2009. Morneau had off-season wrist surgery and a stress fracture in his back which could lead to a slow start.
10) Lance Berkman, HOU (ADP 81.1) - Berkman had a "down" season for a man of his talent (25 HR, 80 RBI, .274) and played in less than 152 games for the first time since 2005. If healthy, he could be a bargain as the 10th first baseman off the board.
Just Missed - Carlos Pena, TB (ADP 84); Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs (ADP 57.9); Kendry Morales, Anaheim (ADP 40).
Late Round Bargain - Adam LaRoche, Arizona (ADP 173.2).
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