Fantasy Baseball Top 5 Position Rankings (April. 18th)

Hot hitting Casey McGehee has cracked the top 5 rankings and is a must start.

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.

Catcher

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.

First Base

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.

Second Base

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.

Third Base

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.


Shortstop

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.

Outfielders

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.


Catcher-

  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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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, which Pudge has hit a career .354 average.

  1. Bengie Molina/San Francisco Giants:

Although the 2010 baseball season is early, Molina is tied for second with seven runs batted in.  Important reason for B. Molina in the top 5 this week is because he bats .290 in April, and stays around that same level for the most of May, and after that his stats historically decline for the rest of the season.  So get as much as you can out of Molina right now.

  1. Russell Martin/Los Angeles Dodgers:

Martin, who is off to a great start (batting .308/93% owned) should keep it going for the rest of the season.  Also, make sure he’s in your fantasy lineup for this week as the Dodgers travel to Cincinnati to face the Reds, where Martin has a career batting average of .354 at the Great American Ball Park.

1st Base:

  1. Albert Pujols/St. Louis Cardinals:

Consistency is one word to describe Pujols in fantasy.  There isn’t one reason why he shouldn’t be ranked first in the 1st basemen rankings this week.  The Cardinals will travel to face Arizona Diamondbacks who are currently tied for second in the NL West.

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 bats .336 against the Braves for his career.  Howard also has 15 home-runs at Turner field, second best compared to all away stadiums he’s played in.

  1. 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.  Similar to a player like Albert Pujols, 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 .288 career BA.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

2nd Basemen:

  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.  Bats .288 on the road.

  1. Robinson Cano/New York Yankees:

Cano has six multi-hit games out of 11 total games played this season.  In the new Yankee stadium last season Cano had a career high in home-runs with 25.  That should only increase this season.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 Los Angeles Dodgers.  The big reason, Phillips bats a career .369 against the Dodgers.

  1. Dustin Pedroia/Boston Red Sox:

The Red Sox will be facing the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and finish the week with the Baltimore Orioles.  This is important because all of these games are at Fenway park where Pedroia bats .331.  Also, his combined average against the Rays, Rangers, and Orioles is .310 so make sure he’s in your lineup.

3rd Basemen:

  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.

  1. David Wright/New York Mets:

The Mets will be in Queens all week at their new stadium Citi Field facing the Chicago Cubs and ending the week with the Atlanta Braves.  In only a short time at Citi Field, Wright has batted .296, and his career batting average against the Cubs and Braves combined is .290 so no worries here, and have him in your starting lineup.

  1. Martin Prado/Atlanta Braves:

The big average machine will keep things rolling.  An up and coming player in the league, Prado had seven multi-hit games out of 11 total games played through April 17th.  Prado in most leagues is eligible at first, second, and third base.

  1. Mark Reynolds/Arizona Diamondbacks:

Yes, I realize his numbers through April 12-16 have not been good.  But check this out, this week he’ll be facing the St. Louis Cardinals at home, and Reynolds bats a career .306 against them.  He should bounce back and move up from the Mendoza line that he is currently sitting in.

  1. Ryan Zimmerman/Washington Nationals:

Zimmerman returned the Nationals lineup on April 17th.  This week (April 18-25th) I think Zimmerman bounces back in a nasty way.  The Nats’ will be home all week facing the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Zimmerman’s career home batting average is .296.  Also, the Rockies and Dodgers pitching staff has been somewhat mediocre this season, with both staffs combining for a 4.77 ERA.

Shortstop:

  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.

  1. Hanley Ramirez/Florida Marlins:

The Marlins best player hit safely in six of eight games to begin the season.  Currently he’s batting over .350, and is a obvious choice to be in your starting lineup this week.

  1. Rafael Furcal/Los Angeles Dodgers:

Five and counting multi-hit games, and a strong average, and also looks like his he’ll have over 30 stolen bases this season.  Furcal should return to his 2007 form.

  1. Alex Gonzalez/Toronto Blue Jays:

A player who has certainly started off hot this season, batting over .300, belting four dingers, with eight RBI’s.  I’m not sure how long this will last since he hasn’t gone deep in six games but for now keep him in your lineup.

  1. Edgar Renteria/San Francisco Giants:

Since the last FBS player power rankings, Renteria has some-what declined with only three hits in his last six games.  However, the Giants face the Padres this week and  Renteria has a life-time .291 average facing them.  Keep him in for this week.

Outfielders:

  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.

  1. Nelson Cruz/Texas Rangers:

A 2009 Home-Run Derby participant and already expected to be a participant in the 2010 Derby.  Cruz has NOT hit a home-run in only four games out of the teams first eleven.

  1. 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.

  1. Ryan Braun/Milwaukee Brewers:

This is a no-brainer here.  Through April 12-17 Braun had three multi-hit efforts and three home-runs.  Continue to keep him in your lineup for this week.

  1. Carl Crawford/Tampa Bay Rays:

A fan-favorite, Crawford is already in the stolen base crown race in the majors.  Batting around .300 currently he has no doubts that it should be a solid fantasy season from him this year.  Think about this, the Rays will be on the road to face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field where Crawford has a life-time .341 average this week.

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