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AL-Only 4x4 1B Rankings & Values

It's been a while, and they're a little late, but I'm just now prepping my rankings for my AL-Auction draft coming up this Saturday.

Keep in mind if you already have drafted all your teams, you can still use these rankings based on how to value players for the rest of the year. Players with a + are indicated as favorable players, while players with a - are treated as the opposite. Multiple-position eligibility is based upon playing 20 games in the previous season.

 

1B

  1. Miguel Cabrera 33-34 +
  2. Mark Teixiera 31-32 +
  3. Kendry Morales 25-26
  4. Justin Morneau 23-24
  5. Kevin Youkilis 20-21 (3B)
  6. Billy Butler 18-19 +
  7. Carlos Pena 16-17
  8. Chris Davis 14-15
  9. Michael Cuddyer 13-14 (OF)
  10. Paul Konerko 13-14
  11. Nick Swisher 7-8 (OF)
  12. Russell Branyan 4-5 [DL] –
  13. Casey Kotchman 3-4
  14. Garrett Atkins 3-4 (3B)
  15. Daric Barton 3-4
  16. Lyle Overbay  4-5
  17. Ty Wigginton 1 (3B, DH)
  18. Hank Blalock 1 (DH) [MLs]
  19. Ryan Garko 1

 

Notes: Why is Overbay ranked below the others despite the higher value? Depends upon if your league accounts for inter-league trading. Overbay figures as a likely trade commodity for another contending club, so that's something to keep in mind if you lose stats on guys that leap to the NL.

As for the position as a whole, I like Billy Butler and Chris Davis as a couple for 1B/CI. They both give you what you're looking for at the corner, but don't max out your budget. If you're spending more than that, go for one of the big two. They've got more dependability than the next tier, and they can anchor your offense in three (or four in 5x5's) categories.

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