Welcome to the 2011 National Fantasy Sports Examiner fantasy baseball draft tips, your home for the top fantasy baseball information. This article will feature the top 20 fantasy baseball first basemen to target in your 2011 fantasy baseball drafts.
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When looking at the fantasy baseball first basemen, you have the best chance for home runs and RBIs as the players at this position rank as some of the best hitters in baseball. This is the best place to get your power numbers, the top 10 players capable of 30-plus home runs in a season.
This is a position that you will want to make a quick decision on in the first round. With players like Albert Pujols and Joey Votto, there is a chance to get a real stat machine in the first round. But if you have a mid-round pick, you might hold off until the third or fourth round because the power remains throughout the 10th pick at the position. If you wait too long, you may regret it by the end of the draft.
NOTE: The way players are ranked is that their projections are based on the other players in their position. This supposes there are 12 teams in a league and a player’s stats are based on last year’s final statistics. If a player’s projected stats are better than last season’s 12th best player at the position, they receive bonus points. The elite players are better than last year’s median average in all five categories, helping you the most in all aspects of a fantasy baseball league.
STATS FOR THE 12th BEST FIRST BASEMEN IN 2011 AT EACH POSITION
- RUNS – 81
- HR – 27
- RBI – 89
- SB – 1.7
- AVG – .273
- THE ELITE FANTASY BASEBALL FIRST BASEMEN
1. Albert Pujols – Albert Puljos is the best player in baseball, the best player in fantasy baseball and the best fantasy baseball first basemen playing the game. Pujols will give a fantasy baseball owner over 40 home runs and 115 RBIs in the season. He will score over 100 times and steal double digit bases. He also hits for power, always assured at over .300. The guy is Gold and is one of the only sure things in fantasy baseball.
2. Miguel Cabrera – The only thing holding down Miguel Cabrera is Albert Pujols. However, there is a chance that the Detroit Tiger first baseman can overtake Pujols in fantasy baseball stats this year. Cabrera hit .328 in 2010 and drove in 126 RBIs, both numbers bigger than Pujols. Cabrera also matched up well with Pujols in home runs (38) and runs (111). The one area that Pujols has the advantage is stolen bases. But if you can find speed at another position, Cabrera is a great pick.
3. Joey Votto – The Cincinnati Reds star is getting better as he gets older. He adds power every season and finished 2010 with 12 more homers than his previous high. Votto will finish with over 100 runs and RBIs and hit over 30 homers easily. He is also fast, right up there with Pujols, and hits for high average (.324 in 2010).
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4. Kevin Youkilis – Youkilis ranks lower on some fantasy baseball rankings but I think he is more valuable than strikeout kings like Mark Teixeira and Ryan Howard. Youkilis hits for Boston, giving him the opportunity for lots of runs and/or RBIs. He will also hit close to 30 homers and bat over .300 making him solid at four of the five positions.
5. Mark Teixeira – The one downfall of Mark Teixeira is his batting average. It was in the basement in 2010 until a late season surge saved him but he is still a power hitter and will hit a lot of RBIs and score a lot of runs in the New York Yankees lineup. Expect 30-plus homers and triple digits in RBIs and runs. Expect his average to be near the median and no speed on the bases though.
6. Ryan Howard – It is all or nothing for Ryan Howard. The kid hits with amazing power but strikes out a lot. It is nice to know that 2010 was his career low for strikeouts but the Ks keep his batting average below the Mendoza line. However, he is always among the league leaders in RBIs and scores a lot of runs. Expect triple digits in RBIs and close to that for runs with about 35 home runs on the year.
7. Prince Fielder – Prince Fielder is an on-and-off hitter but he wants a new contract and/or a trade, so he has something to prove. If he stays in shape, which is always iffy with Fielder, he will be among the league leaders in runs, homers and RBIs. His batting average and lack of speed will hold him down but he will help in the other areas.
8. Adrian Gonzalez – The move to Boston will help Adrian Gonzalez in RBIs and runs, thanks to his new teammates, and home runs, thanks to getting out of San Diego’s pitcher friendly park. Expect him to make some big steps this season to becoming a dominant force once again, if he comes back strong from his off-season shoulder surgery.
9. Justin Morneau – This is the biggest question mark in my Top 10 fantasy baseball first basemen. Justin Morneau missed most of last year thanks to a severe concussion. He has the capability to hit triple digit RBIs, knock in 30-plus homers and hit close to .300 if he stays healthy. He is wearing a new large batting helmet that should protect him from being hit by pitches, so that is promising.
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10. Paul Konerko – Paul Konerko seems ageless. He rebounded big time in 2010, hitting .312 with 39 homers and 111 RBIs. Those numbers put him near the top of the of the fantasy baseball first basemen. However, that year was preceded by two lackluster years and it is questionable at which Paul Konerko will be back this year. He should be good enough to be a starter on most fantasy teams.
11. Adam Dunn – Adam Dunn joins the Chicago White Sox and will work alongside Paul Konerko, splitting time at first base and DH. Dunn should be one of the league leaders in home runs, expect close to 40, and should hit a lot more RBIs than he did as a member of the Washington Nationals. Dunn won’t give you any help with his average or speed but, for power, he is elite.
12. Carlos Pena – Carlos Pena has one major downside – his batting average. The guy finished 2010 with a .196 in 2010. If a player can only get on base twice in every ten at bats, he won’t get you any fantasy baseball points. This ranking hopes a move to Chicago will revitalize the power hitter. He should hit 30 homers in Wrigley but needs to raise his average because, if he doesn’t, that will kill you in the category.
- THE BEST OF THE REST
13. Kendry Moralas – draft for good average, decent RBIs and above average HR totals
14. Gaby Sanchez – draft for decent average and good RBI totals
15. Billy Butler – draft for his high batting average
16. James Loney – draft if you want speed and a possible sleeper at the position
17. Daric Barton – He delivers speed on the bases and is young with possible upside
18. Lance Berkman – He is consistent across the line, although not the best at any one category
19. Mitch Moreland – Grab if you want some speed on the bases
20. Derrek Lee – draft if you need decent average and some extra runs
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