Fantasy Baseball Top 5 Position Rankings (May. 5th)

Rookie Austin Jackson leads the league in hits. Are the Yankees regretting trading this young stud?

Who’s cracking the Top 5 list for our player position rankings this week? I can tell you who is not and that would be the best catcher in the game, Joe Mauer. Mauer is battling a bruised heel which had him sitting on the bench over the weekend. A big injury risk this week at this point. If he is healthy, he is arguably the most important fantasy player for owners. If you’re a gambler, take the chance on him.

Biggest surprise so far this season belongs to Austin Jackson. Leading the league in hits so far. He shows no signs of slowing down.

Catcher

1. Geovony Soto, Chicago Cubs

A sigh of relief for Cubs fans, Soto has improved greatly from his sophomore slump in 2009 after winning the ROY. Soto is getting hits, batting .340, and leads all catchers in walks with 18.

2. Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh Pirates

7 RBIs in his last three games. Doumit got off to a horrible start but has his average back over .300. Stay with him while he’s hot.

3. Miguel Olivo, Colorado Rockies

- Not his best week of the year, but remains a very intriguing play for the week. 5 homers and 13RBIs in 58 at bats so far.

4. Jorge Posada, New York Yankees

Putting up big power numbers and is tied for the lead with 5 long balls.

5. Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants

.343 average for the eldest Molina bro. He rebounded tremendously after a poor performance a week ago.

First Baseman

1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

- More hits and more doubles that Pujols, so Cabrera gets the nod for the week.

2. Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

- Probably will never fall below this spot unless an injury occurs.

3. Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

- Highest average, lots of hits (28) and tied for the lead in walks (21)

4. Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

- POWER, POWER AND MORE POWER. Leading the league in homers with 12.
5. Jorge Cantu, Florida Marlins

- Only behind Cabrera in terms of RBIs (25). Still striking out a lot, but getting big hit numbers with extra bases

Second Baseman

1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

- The best hitter so far in 2010, still hitting .382. Putting MVP-like numbers up.

2. Kelly Johnson, Diamondbacks

- Finally living up to his potential. Gonna be a career year for the still-young player. Hitting over .300 with 9 long balls, only behind Konerko.

3. Chase Utley, Phillies

- No surprise here. Hitting under .300, but hard to put him not on the list.

4. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

- Not having his best start of the season but like Utley, tough to leave him off. Hitting around the .300 mark still and has 18RBIs.

5. Martin Prado, Braves

35 hits, hitting .368. Low RBI numbers but leading all second baseman in singles and doubles.

Shortstop

1. Alex Gonzalez, Blue Jays

- 28 hits, 10 doubles, 7 homeruns, 14 runs and 19RBIs. High K numbers (26) though

2. Ryan Theriot, Cubs- Huge hot streak for the Riot. Has a career high hit streak at 13 and five multi-hit games in the last six. Might not have a need for Starlin Castro if Theriot and Fontenot continue hitting. Has 6 hits more than any other SS in the game today.

3. Derek Jeter, Yankees

Slugging over .500. Has been fairly consistent this year, getting big fantasy numbers as usual.

4. Miguel Tejada, Orioles

- Been killing the ball lately and have had huge clutch hits. Has his average over .300.

5. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins

- Started off a bit slow in April as usual, but get hot once May rolls around. Expect it to continue.

Third Base

1. Evan Longoria, Rays

- No surprise here, hitting everything in site and has an average over .360. 7 long balls and 8 doubles in 36 hits.

2. Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks

- Is there a day when he doesn’t hit a homer? Still striking out a lot, but remains one of the game’s best 3B.

3. David Wright, Mets

- Low average which is surprising and has similar KO numbers than Reynolds.

4. Pablo Sandoval, Giants

- Big man is racking up the hits and has an average over .330.

5. Chase Headley, Padres

- High hit numbers, not too many extra base hits though (only 7 out of 35 total hits). Leading all third baseman in SB (8).

Outfielders

1. Ryan Braun, Brewers

- Self-explanatory, he’s hitting everything.

2. Austin Jackson, Tigers

- Most surprising player so far this year. Leading the league in hits with 44 and shows no signs of stopping. ROY without a doubt. Should the Yankees have traded this stud for Granderson?

3. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays

- 34 hits, 8 long balls. RBI numbers a little low for his power but still impressive.

4. Jayson Werth, Phillies

- Has reached base safely in all Philly games this year.

5. Andre Either, Dodgers

- Has stayed hot all season like, unlike counterpart Matt Kemp. Most RBIs in the OF this season with 26.

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