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Fantasy Baseball: Ray's First Base Rankings for 2010

To complete the first base rankings, here are my 2010 rankings with their 2009 stats:

NO. Name G AB HR R RBI BB SO SB AVG
1 Albert Pujols 160 568 47 124 135 115 64 16 0.327
2 Prince Fielder 162 591 46 103 141 110 138 2 0.299
3 Ryan Howard 160 616 45 105 141 75 186 8 0.279
4 Mark Teixeira 156 609 39 103 122 81 114 2 0.292
5 Miguel Cabrera 160 611 34 96 103 68 107 6 0.324
6 Joey Votto 131 469 25 82 84 70 106 4 0.322
7 Adrian Gonzalez 160 552 40 90 99 119 109 1 0.277
8 Kevin Youkilis 136 491 27 99 94 77 125 7 0.305
9 Kendry Morales 152 566 34 86 108 46 117 3 0.306
10 Lance Berkman 136 460 25 73 80 97 98 7 0.274
11 Justin Morneau 135 508 30 85 100 72 86 0 0.274
12 Adam Dunn 159 546 38 81 105 116 177 0 0.267
13 Billy Butler 159 608 21 78 93 58 103 1 0.301
14 Derrek Lee 141 532 35 91 111 76 109 1 0.306
15 Carlos Pena 135 471 39 91 100 87 163 3 0.227
16 Paul Konerko 152 546 28 75 88 58 89 1 0.277
17 Todd Helton 151 544 15 79 86 89 73 0 0.325
18 Adam LaRoche 150 555 25 78 83 69 142 2 0.277
19 Jorge Cantu 149 585 16 67 100 47 81 3 0.289
20 Russell Branyan 116 431 31 64 76 58 149 2 0.251

The first base position is fairly deep in 2010 with about 15-16 capable of going 30-90 in 2010. At number 1, Albert Pujols is the total package, and he will provide solid production in all five categories in 2010, including stolen bases. He chipped in with 16 last year.

I may have the Reds first baseman Joey Votto ranked higher than most people, but he was top 5 or top 6 in OPS last season, and I think he can put together a Top 5 season in 2010 if he stays healthy. He hits in a hitters park and in an improving lineup in Cincinnatti.

I thought about switching Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard, but Fielder will hit for the higher BA. The top 3 first baseman can hit 40+ HRs and should all be first or early second round selections in fantasy drafts.

One of these years the Tigers Miguel Cabrera will approach the 40 HR club, and it could be in 2010. If he is truly over his off field issues, he can put together a 40-120 season for fantasy owners.

Lance Berkman had a down year in 2009, but he will be looking to improve upon that in 2010, as the Astros have a club option for 2011. They could let him become a free agent in 2011, so Berkman will be looking to stay healthy and put together a solid season power wise if he wants to land a nice contract next offseason. (Note: these were posted over at SB Nation's fantasy page on February 28th, before yesterday's news that Berkman will be out for 2-4 weeks. I would probably move him down a bit now.)

I think the Royals Billy Butler has the bat to approach 30 HRs in 2010 as he hit 51 doubles last year.

Last year was the first year since 2003 where Adam Dunn didn't hit 40+ HRs in a season. Could this be the new trend for Dunn?

One guy who could enter the top 20 in 2010 if he can show improved power is the Dodgers James Loney. He has the potential to hit 20-25 HRs, and drive in 100 runs, and 2010 just may be the season he reaches that total.