Positional Power Rankings (September 30th)

Has Mauer lived up to his price tag?

Either you’re fighting for any possible edge as you try to bring home a playoff win or championship ring or you’re accidently looking at this article while trying to do research because your stud quarterback got hurt. As the fantasy baseball season winds down, here is a look at one of the last Positional Power Rankings.

Catcher

1(1) Joe Mauer, MIN: Mauer is still the top catcher in the league, but Twins fans have to be slightly disappointed in his power numbers this year (only 9 HR) after signing Mauer to an $184 million contract. To make matters worse, Mauer has been out since Sept 19th with a sore knee.

2(NR) Victor Martinez, Bos: Martinez started off slow, but he is actually helping Red Sox fans forget about Jason Varitek. Though it may all be for not he is solidifying himself as one of the AL’s top catchers. He has 9 HR and is batting over .360 in the last 30 days (2 HR, 3 RBI, .476)

3(2) Bran McCann, ATL: McCann doing an adequate job to keep a solid season alive. He didn’t show off any power this week, but if you’re in some pick ‘ems leagues he’s always a good choice. (1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, ..274)

4(NR) Buster Posey, SF: Called up in late May, This young catcher has folks in The Bay Area excited for potential baseball play for the first time since in eight years. It took him a while to show off his power, but the baby-faced backstop will get serious consideration for NL rookie of the year. (7 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .238)

4(NR) Carlos Ruiz, Phil: Ruiz finds himself back in the top five after he and the fighting Phils are showing why they have been to two World Series in a row.( 2 2B, 2 RBI, .235)

on the cusp: Matt Wieters, Bal; John Buck, TOR, Jorge Posada, NYY; Yadier Molina, STL; Mike Napoli, LAA

First Baseman

1(1) Albert Pujols, STL: Pujols continues to destroy the ball and showcase why he is should be a first ballot Hall of Famer. The Cards are done, but Pujols’ case for MVP is not. (7 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .429)

2(2) Miguel Cabrera, DET: Cabrera is quietly putting up one of the most impressive offensive seasons in the Major’s this year. If it wasn’t for Jose Bautista and Josh Hamilton, he would have a serious shot at the Triple Crown. (8 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .333)

3(3) Joey Votto, CIN: The Great American Ball Park will stay open this October – The first time since it was built in 2003. A big reason is the ungodly numbers of Votto, who is making every pitcher’s (even lefties) life a nightmare. (3 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .462)

4(NR) Paul Konerko, CWS: A terrible week for Konerko but he earned this spot for putting the Sox on his back for a pretty exciting summer for those on the South Side of Chicago. (1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .100)

5(NR) Adrián González, SD: Gonzalez is the one super star on a Cinderella team. A tough week, but still worthy of this ranking(2 R, 1 RBI, .158)

on the cusp: Aubrey Huff, SF; Mark Teixeira, NYY; David Ortiz, BOS; Adam Dunn, WAS; Ryan Howard, PHI

Second Baseman

1(2) Robinson Cano, NYY: Best second basemen in the Majors this year had kind of a down week. Still, with Cano’s stats he is a must start. (2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, .179)

2(4) Dan Uggla, FLA: Uggla is no longer only good for a long ball. He is having a tremendous season and had a monster week last week. If he continues his hot hitting he could end this season with an average close to .300 – definitely something people didn’t see coming. (5 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .407)

3(1) Rickie Weeks, MIL: The Brewers finally getting to see all that potential they saw in him this year. That’s what happens when you stay healthy. Weeks having a good week, has a chance to finish the year with 30 HR and already has 100 runs scored. (9 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .462)

4(3) Martín Prado, ATL: A great season coming out of no-where was put on hold when he was injured a month and a half ago. He could be out a while, which is a real blow to his owners. (3 R, 1 2B, .174)

5(5) Kelly Johnson, ARI: Johnson started off the season on a tear, but cooled off considerably afterwards. This month has been good to him and he had a stellar week last night. Jump back on the bandwagon and you should have a good week. (5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .409)

on the cusp: Brandon Pillips, CIN; Neil Walker, PIT; Ben Zobrist, TAM; Chase Utley, PHI; Ian Kinsler, TEX

Third Baseman

1(2) Jose Bautista, TOR: You can start the “is he clean” debate, but there is no question he should be in your lineup each week (5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, .286)

2(1) Adrian Beltre, BOS: The man that can hit homeruns while on one knee may have been trying to bat on one leg this week, but he certainly has turned his career around. Those who gambled on him, maybe have also turned their team around. A tough week shouldn’t overshadow a stat for Beltre. (1 2B, 1 RBI, .095)

3(3) David Wright, NYM: Wright is back to his old form this year after struggling with his power the year before.  (4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .333)

4(NR) Evan Longoria, TAM: A solid week for one of the AL’s best third basemen. The Rays will need Longoria and company to step up in the playoffs if they want to be successful like they were in 2008. (3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .316)

5(NR) Ryan Zimmerman, WAS: You may not known it by media coverage but the Nats have other people on their team besides Stephen Strasburg.  Zimmerman is putting together another respectable season. (1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, .278)

on the cusp: Michael Young, TEX; Alex Rodriguez, NYY; Scott Rolen, CIN; Casey McGehee, MIL; Mark Reynolds, ARI

Short Stops

It has been all smiles for Beltre in Boston.

1(3) Troy Tulowitzki, COL: Forget Rocktober. Tulo scorched pitching in September hitting 15 HR thus far. He is the hottest hitter in baseball, and a must start.  (3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .250)

2(1) Derek Jeter, NYY: Not the greatest power numbers but Jeter is getting on base a lot and scoring runs in bunches. (4 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .357)

3(2) Jose Reyes, NYM: Started the year off slow after an injury but had been helping teams with runs, triples, and stolen bases all year. Reyes will help you with the sometimes forgotten stats (1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .200)

4(NR) Álex González, ATL: Only two home runs this week for Gonzo, but he has had luck driving in runs. The Braves may be done, but you should keep plugging him into your lineup (2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .227)

5(5) Alexei Ramirez, CHW: Not a lot of power last week but Ramirez got a hit in almost every game. Alexei rounds out a week position for fantasy stats. (3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB, .280)

on the cusp: Stephen Drew, ARI; Rafael Furcal, LAD; Miguel Tejada, SD; Ian Desmond, WAS; Juan Uribe, SF

Outfielders

1(2) Carlos Gonzalez, COL: CarGo is a must start. Everything has finally come together for him power, hitting for average and stealing bases.  (5 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB, .346)

2(3) Carl Crawford, TAM: Another 40 stolen bases year for Carl Crawford. He is a fantasy machine and will power any team to success if he’s in your lineup. (3 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB, .419)

3(NR) Matt Holiday, STL: Holiday certainly had taken advantage of having Albert Pujols protecting him in the lineup. He is close to 50 2B, 30 HR and 100 RBI.  (4 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, .360)

4(5) Ryan Braun, MIL: No surprise here. Braun had another solid week and he continues his torrid hitting since coming into the Majors in 2007(3 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .286)

5(NR) Alex Ríos, CHW: Rios has turned is career around this year. And, he’s stealing bases. (34 SB) (2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB, .286)

on the cusp: Chris Young, ARI, Vladimir Guerrero, TEX, Hunter Pence, Hou; Jayson Werth PHI; Corey Hart, MIL

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