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

Votto takes the crown at first.

This week more injuries continue to rock the top-fives at each position, and we see a few more new faces.  We are almost at the half-way point of the season so be sure to keep checking in here at Fantasy Baseball Sportal. With the All Star break coming up, we will tell you who will be starting the second half off with a hot streak.

Catcher

1(1)  Miguel Olivo, COL: No change here.  Olivo is still the most impressive fantasy baseball catcher this season and proved his merit again this week. (6 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .429 AVG)

2(5)  Mike Napoli, LAA:  He has been on the waiver wire all season which is more impressive than his stats.  Still, his .333 average for the week is indicative of the steady performance you can expect from Napoli.(4 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .333 AVG)

3(4)  Brian McCann, ATL:  ot the best of weeks, but for a catcher one of the better ones.  (4 R, 2 RBI, .300 AVG)

4(2)  Joe Mauer, MIN: Mauer is dropping a lot in this week’s rankings because I don’t want our loyal fantasy readers to get burned in a trade before the second half starts. There are legit injury concerns with Mauer, who has his a history and plays a position that is the most injury prone. If, or when, his hip finally gives out it could be a long second half for Mauer owners. (3 R, 1 RBI, .261 AVG)

5(N/R)  Kurt Suzuki, OAK: His average isn’t great, but Suzuki has been on the cusp for a while and his RBI accumulation was a nice addition for his few owners. (3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .160 AVG)

on the cusp: John Buck, TOR; Jorge Posada, NYY; Carlos Santana, CLE; Ronnie Paulino, FLA

First Baseman

1(2)  Joey Votto, CIN: Even I thought that Cabrera was locked into the #1 spot for the rest of the season, but no, Votto is king.  He had a great week against the Phillies (who still had some good players left) and the Cubs. The stats can speak for themselves.  (7 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .429 AVG)

2(1)  Miguel Cabrera, DET: If they aren’t walking him, you can sleep easy knowing he will be hitting the ball. A bit of a drop in RBI and run production has Cabrera dropping to second but it probably isn’t for long.  (6 R, 5 RBI, .471 AVG)

3(4)  Albert Pujols, STL: The Machine would have been #1 or #2 if it weren’t for good weeks by Votto and Cabrera.  Still, if this past week’s performance is a sign of Pujols’ July you can expect him to be back at the top in no time.(7 R, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB, .308 AVG)

4(3) Kevin Youkilis, BOS:  A bit of a drop for Youk in a few positions but don’t get discouraged, a bad week for a stud is still a great week for a Pirate.(4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .238 AVG)

5(5)  Justin Morneau, MIN: See Kevin Youkilis. (3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .292 AVG)

on the cusp:  Ryan Howard, PHL; James Loney, LAD; Paul Konerko, CWS; Mark Teixeira, NYY; Mark Reynolds, ARI

Second Baseman

1(1)  Robinson Cano, NYY: Even when he doesn’t have a good week at the plate, Cano finds a way to bring people home. (5 R, 2, HR, 5 RBI, .200 AVG)

2(3)  Martin Prado, ATL: This utility fielder should be a regular starter at any position you can fit him in. (3 R, 5 RBI, 2 SB, .391 AVG)

3(2)  Brandon Phillips, CIN:  Phillips’ career average isn’t great so it isn’t the steals that are worrisome. His steals and RBI’s are lower than average so far in 2010. (6 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .267 AVG)

4(N/R) Rickie Weeks, MIL: Weeks finally breaks the top-five and it wouldn’t be surprising if he stays for a while.  (4 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB, .414 AVG)

5(4)  Dan Uggla, FLA: Uggla again continues to get his average up.  Uggla owners are worried because he is a notorious “first half player.”  If he can keep his average up when he doesn’t hit the long ball his owners will stop worrying. (1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .308 AVG)

on the cusp:  Casey McGehee, MIL; Ben Zobrist, TB; Ian Kinsler, TEX; Howie Kendrick, LAA; Sean Rodriguez, TB;

Third Baseman

1(1) David Wright, NYM: Seriously, I’m not trying to go all TMZ on you good ol‘ fashioned sports fans but my only explanation is that Wright is playing so well because he heard the rumors about Erin Andrews and the Dancing With The Stars guy too.  I would want to hit something too.  (6 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .484 AVG)

2(2)  Adrian Beltre, BOS: Consistent all across the board.  Can you believe that Beltre was available in 25% of leagues only a month ago?  (3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .400 AVG)

3(3)  Michael Young, TEX: Despite popular belief, Young wasn’t just a flash in the pan.  He produced the numbers, just didn’t move up because of a lower average.  (4 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .231 AVG)

4(N/R)  Alex Rodriguez, NYY: Speaking of low average, A-Rod finds a way to make every Yankee fan really mad and ten really happy.  If he isn’t striking out, he is bringing someone home.  There is no in between.  (4 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .217 AVG)

5(N/R)  Mark Reynolds, ARI: Another Utility man that is starting to live up to expectations.  No one thought Reynolds could live up to his 44 HR season last year, and he won’t in 2010.  He will have his second bets HR total this season though and it won’t be anything to scoff at.  (3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .389 AVG)

on the cusp:  Evan Longoria, TAM; Kevin Youkilis, BOS; Jose Bautista, TOR; Martin Prado, ATL; Scott Rolen, CIN

Short Stops

1(2)  Hanley Ramirez, FLA: Hanley can say whatever he wants but we all know he doesn’t miss Fredi Gonzalez and the stats prove it. (5 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB, .333 AVG)

2(3)  Elvis Andrus, TEX: Elvis didn’t leave the building this week.  (4 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .318 AVG)

3(4)  Derek Jeter, NYY: The captain of baseball’s best team had a good week himself. (4 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .318 AVG)

4(N/R)  Rafael Furcal, LAD: If he isn’t injured, he is one of the best.  The problem is Furcal is always injured. (8 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, .600 AVG)

5(N/R)  Jimmy Rollins, PHL: J Roll has been one of the few bright spots for a hurt Phillies lineup.  (3 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .267 AVG)

on the cusp:  Juan Uribe, SF; Alex Gonzalez, TOR; Ryan Theriot, CHC; Jose Reyes, NYM, Erick Aybar, LAA;

Outfielders

1(1)  Josh Hamilton, TEX:  Hamilton definitely didn’t have the best week of all the out fielders this week but I don’t think anyone can drop him from the #1 spot quite yet.  (3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .227 AVG)

2(4) Carl Crawford, TAM:  He was quick with his wrists and his ankles this week as a solid performance put CC, the fastest man in baseball, up to his deserved #2 spot.  (5 R, 3 RBI, 3 SB, .462 AVG)

3(N/R)  Chris Young, ARI:  The average is never great, not even good but his run production is and young has already exceeded 2009’s numbers.(5 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, .200 AVG)

4(N/R) Vladimir Guerrero, TEX: The Impaler has 70 RBI this season… Need I say more?  (5 R, 3 HR, 10RBI, .391 AVG)

5(2)  Alex Rios, CWS:  A bad week for Rios, but a season’s worth of good weeks can’t knock him out of the top 5 just yet.  (1 R, 5 RBI, 2 SB, .269 AVG)

on the cusp:  Ryan Braun, MIL; Andrew McCutchen, PIT; Shane Victorino, PHL; Matt Kemp, LAD; Ichiro Suzuki, SEA; Brennan Boesch, DET

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