2012 Fantasy Baseball: Predicting the Top 9 Fantasy Players

Will Matt Kemp be the number one fantasy stud of 2012?

With Major League Baseball’s “Opening Day” set for April 5th, weekly fantasy baseball games are right around the corner. You know what that means; it’s time to predict the top fantasy baseball players of 2012.

So let’s get right to it.

1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Cabrera had yet another stellar season for the Tigers in 2011. He finished in the top 10 in the American League in seven offensive categories. In other words, he is a fantasy stud.

 

 

 

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

161         .344        111         197         48           0              30           105         108         89           2

2. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Pujols had a down year in 2011, but he got hot at the right time, propelling the Cardinals to a World Series title. His numbers should increase in 2012 with the Angels due to the fact that he’ll be hitting in more hitter-friendly stadiums.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

147         .299        105         173         29           0              37           99           61           58           9

3. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox

Highly-rated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is coming off a monster 2011 campaign. In his first season with the Red Sox, Gonzalez became the beating heart of an offense that lacked consistency throughout the season. Expect more of the same from Gonzalez in 2012.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

159         .338        108         213         45           3              27           117         74           119         1

4. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kemp was ridiculously good in 2011. In fact, he was the number one fantasy baseball star of 2011. Can Kemp do it again in 2012?

If the Dodgers can find some protection for him in the lineup, Kemp may just pull it off.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

161         .324        115         195         33           4              39           126         74           159         40

5. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Despite having a relatively quiet career until 2010, Bautista has established himself as one of the best hitters in the game. In fact, the Blue Jays outfielder has been a fantasy stud in each of the past two seasons, winning the Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron award in both 2010 and 2011.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

149         .302        105         155         24           2              43           103         132         111         9

6. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Despite his past injury woes, Tulowitzki is undoubtedly one of the top shortstops in the game. Furthermore, he plays half his games at Coors Field, where the ball seemingly flies out of the yard. As a result, I like his chances of putting up huge number in 2012.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

143         .302        81           162         36           2              30           105         59           79           9

7. Prince Fielder, Free Agent

Since 2006, Prince Fielder has been one of the most feared power hitters in all of baseball, averaging 38 homers and 108 RBIs per season. No matter where he plays, expect Fielder to put up some big numbers in 2012 fantasy baseball.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

162         .299        95           170         36           1              38           120         107         106         1

8. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

With Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the twilight of their careers, the Yankees will surely rely on Cano for steady offense. The San Pedro de Macoris native is coming off another great season in 2011, finishing second in the American League with 118 RBIs.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

159         .302        104         188         46           7              28           118         38           96           8

9. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

Votto entered the 2011 season with unrealistic expectations following an MVP-winning season in 2010. Although his numbers were not as gaudy as the previous year, the Reds first baseman enjoyed a solid 2011 campaign. Now that some of the pressure has been relieved, look for Votto to return to his 2010 form in 2012.

2011 Stats:

GP          AVG       R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           SO          SB

161         .309        101         185         40           3              29           103         110         129         8

That’s it for my 2012 fantasy baseball lineup card. Don’t forget to play 2012 fantasy baseball games at Fantazzle.

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