Each week, Fantasy Baseball Sportal will provide you with fantasy baseball player rankings for each position. These fantasy baseball rankings will be based on past performances and upcoming matchups. This week there are many new names who have cracked the Top 5 fantasy rankings including youngsters like Casey McGehee, Franklin Gutierrez and even old vets like Pudge Rodriguez has made the list.
1. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
McCann, who has only struck out twice this season, is looking to add to his current average of .346. He’ll do that this coming week when the Braves face the Philadelphia Phillies at home. McCann has a career BA of .300 at home, and a .304 career BA against the Phillies.
2. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
There is not much we need to discuss about why Mauer is in the top 5. Mauer has not gone deep in nine games, and also has recorded only one hit in the past three games but for a player like the defending AL MVP, you should do nothing but look past that and keep him in your lineup.
3. Ivan Rodriguez, Washington Nationals
Pudge has not yet hit a home run this season, but is hitting around .407 for the week of April 12-17. He should stay around the .300 level in average for this season, and this week the Nats’ face the Colorado Rockies at home.. Pudge has hit .354 against the Rockies in his long career.
4. Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants
Although the 2010 baseball season is early, Molina is tied for second with seven runs batted in. The oldest Molina brother has been notorious for starting hot in April and May.
5. Russell Martin, Los Angeles Dodgers
Martin, batting over .300 travels to Cincinnati this week to face the Reds. The Dodger catcher has a career batting average of .354 at the Great American Ball Park.
1. Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Consistency is one word to describe the best hitter in the game. There is not one reason why he shouldn’t be ranked first in the rankings every week. The Cardinals will travel to face the Diamondbacks who have a team ERA of over 5.
2. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Howard has not gone deep in the past five games. Look for that to change this week when the Phillies face the Braves at Turner field in Atlanta. Howard loves the ATL, batting .336 for his career against the Braves. He also has 15 career home runs at Turner Field.
3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Cabrera is currently third in the American League batting .395, and tied for second in the AL with 11 RBI’s. Cabrera is very consistent at the plate, and look for him to continue piling up the stats at Angel Stadium this week where Cabrera has a life-time average near .300
4. Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs
Lee is usually a safe player to go with on a day-to-day basis in fantasy baseball. Lee has not batted below .280 since 2004. However, historically Lee has been mediocre against the New York Mets, who the Cubs will face this week at New York.
5. Jorge Cantu, Florida Marlins
I know he’s set a Major league record with consecutive RBI’s but I’m not buying it. Think about this, people paid too much attention to his RBI record instead of actually looking beyond that. April 12 (1 for 3) April 13 (1 for 5) April 14 (1 for 4) April 16 (1 for 5). I would not invest in this guy just yet, the jury is still out. However he’s still a top 5 first basemen this week because of the number of RBI’s he put up the past week. Keep your eye on Cantu though.
1. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Five home-runs, eight RBI’s through April 12-16. Leads the National League in home-runs, completely on a tear right now and make sure to keep him in your lineup.
2. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Cano has six multi-hit games this season and is the most underrated player on the Yankees.
3. Casey McGehee, Milwaukee Brewers
McGehee is eligible at both 2nd/3rd base in most leagues. As of April 17th McGehee had four homers. You should keep this guy in your lineup or make a trade for him. He could be on the brink of having a monster year. The Brewers will play at the Pittsburgh this week where McGehee belts a career .326 average away from Miller Park.
4. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
You might be wondering why a guy like Phillips is in the top five when he’s been slumping as of late, but don’t worry. Phillips will bounce back tremendously this upcoming week when the Reds are at home against the Dodgers. The big reason, Phillips bats a career .369 against the Dodgers.
5. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox will be facing the Rays and Orioles this week at Fenway where Pedroia never seems to have a bad game.
1. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays will be on the road for most of the week facing the Red Sox and White Sox. Longoria bats .288 on the road which is a good sign.
2. Martin Prado/Atlanta Braves:
The big batting average machine will keep things rolling. An up and coming player in the league, Prado had seven multi-hit games and can solidify 1B, 2B or 3B in all fantasy leagues.
3. Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies
He can’t stop hitting the ball in play. Still batting over .400 on this young season and shows no signs of stopping.
4. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Back in the lineup facing two average pitching staffs in the Dodgers and Rockies this week.
5. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
Huge bright spot early on. Hitting close to .380. Only has one game without a hit this season which came against the Braves.
1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
‘The Captain’ has four straight multi-hit games, with three four-base knocks in the last six games. Things should only get better for Jeter this week when the Yankees will have a series at Oakland, where Jeter has a life-time average of .366 at Oakland Coliseum.
2. Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
The Marlins best player hit safely in six of eight games to begin the season.
3. Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers
Strong average with a handful of multi-hit games this season. Stealing bags consistently this season making him a big fantasy point scorer.
4. Alex Gonzalez, Toronto Blue Jays
A player who has certainly started off hot this season, with four long ball and seven doubles. Power has gone down as the season continues, but the extra base hits keep piling up.
5. Yuniesky Betancourt, Kansas City Royals
Getting on base and scoring runs. Can’t ask much more in fantasy baseball.
1. Matt Kemp,Los Angeles Dodgers
A first-round pick in most fantasy baseball formats before the season, Kemp should make all his owners happy for this week and the rest of the season. Over a five game span this year he’s belted four home-runs with eight RBI’s. No worries here, and an obvious choice to be ranked first in the outfielder rankings.
2. Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers
Power numbers still increasing. He has only had four games so far this season without a homerun
3. Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays
After a horrific 2009 campaign (.260 average-only 15 HR’s) Wells looks to have rebounded after a strong start and is showing no signs of slowing down. The Blue Jays will face the Royals in Toronto this week. The Royals staff is struggling so far, ranking 26th in the league with a 5.69 ERA.
4. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
This is a no-brainer here. Braun’s average is getting closer to .400 everytime he steps up to the plate.
5. Franklin Gutierrez, Seattle Mariners
Leading the majors in hits with 20, the Mariners outfielder is hitting close to .420. His runs and RBI numbers aren’t as high as his the others on the list playing for a very poor hitting Mariners club.