Each week, FBS will provide you with player rankings for each position. These rankings will be based on past performance and upcoming matchups for the week. But since the season is just opening up, here are our Top 5 players at each position coming into the year.
1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
-Easy top 10 draft candidate. Gives fantasy teams a huge advantage compared to the other catchers in the league. No contract issues to deal with anymore. Potential back-to-back MVP years.
2. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
-Power hitting catcher who will put solid HR and RBI totals up
3. Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox
-Numbers will probably decline but still a top 3 catcher and solid pickup
4. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
-All speculation here. Fantasy managers are sweeping him up, hoping for a good year out of him in his first full seasos
5. Geovony Soto, Chicago Cubs
-Huge sophomore slump, but is back in better shape. Number should drastically improve from last year.
1. Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
-By far the best hitter in the game. I expect his power numbers (47 HRs, 135 RBIs in 2009) to diminish by a little bit, but you will still numbers that are consistent to the past couple years. Easily expect .330 average, 40+ homers, 120+RBIs and 100+ walks.
2. Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
-Almost set career high numbers in all categories last year. Those numbers will most likely be broken again.
3. Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres
-Little hope that he will remain a Padre for the entire season. His numbers will explode in a hitter-friendly ballpark once a trade is made.
4. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
-Led the AL in homeruns and RBIs last year even with his annual slow start and will most likely do the same again.
5. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
- Could be a career year for the slugger with the off-the-field issues that have been resolved.
1. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
A key piece to the Phillies offense. His power numbers, stolen bases, and walk numbers put him in a class of its own compared to other second baseman today.
2. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
-Starting the season on the DL, with an ankle injury. When rested, should not be a nagging problem.
3. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
-Wrist problem has been an issue in Spring Training. Should not affect his numbers at all.
4. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
-Best batting average of second basemen on this list. Still young and numbers will only keep getting better in that Yankee lineup.
5. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
-Similar power numbers to Utley, but lower average, walks, and runs puts him at #5.
1. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
-Entering his 3rd season and I fully expect his numbers to improve year after year.
2. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
-Getting up there in age. Numbers will start declining, but still he still has a couple more years of 30HRs and 100RBIs in him.
3. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
-One of the best young hitters in the game. Fantasy owners should be hoping for a Giants trade to bring in a player to hit behind him
4. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
-One of the young power hitters in the game. A 40HR season is not out of the question.
5. Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs
-A season without a DL stint has been hard to come by for ARam. A healthy year in the Cubs lineup will propel him back to a 30HR, 120RBI season.
1. Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
-He can do it all. Hits for average and power, can swipe 30 bags a year and has a great glove.
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
-Has more power than Hanley, but doesn’t have the same speed and hits .50 points lower.
3. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
-Consistency has always been Jeter’s forte and there is no reason why it will change now.
4. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
-On his way to another 20HR, 80RBI season and still has the speed to swipe over 30 bags.
5. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
-No power in the young stud but will provide a great glove and will continue to improve throughout the season. Has the speed to steal over 40 bases.
1. Ryan Braun
-Should have been a top 5 pick in most fantasy drafts. Very solid and consistent hitter who will put up close to 40HRs and 130RBIs.
2. Matt Kemp, LA Dodgers
-Break out year in 2009 falling a couple homeruns short of the 30/30 club. A legit contender to hit that mark this year, although it might be hard for Kemp to improve on his numbers from last year.
3. Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays
-Could easily score 100 runs, bring in 80, and steal 55 bags without a problem this year to go along with his 12-18 long balls.
4. Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
-Could put career high numbers up power wise. Another legitimate 30/30 contender.
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
-His stolen base numbers and runs scored are enough to put him in the Top 5. Should also knock in around 65 with his high batting average.
1. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
–Will have another Cy Young candidate season, as long as his arm does not fall off during the season.
2. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
-Numbers will improve playing on a better team and playing in the NL.
3. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
-Inning and strikeout number could improve. Could possibly break the 20 win barrier
4. CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
-A great ace who has the best offensive lineup playing along side with him
5. Zach Grienke, Kansas City Royals
-Simply amazing when he is on the mound. Might be hard to improve that 2.16 era, but it will still be below 3.00
1. Jonathon Broxton, LA Dodgers
-Still number one even after his NLCS breakdown last season.
2. Jonathon Papelbon, Boston Red Sox
-Should still get around 40 saves, maybe more if his arm stays healthy.
3. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
-Mr. Reliable should continue his dominance. Will age ever catch up to him?
4. Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals
-One of the best closers in the game, on a winning team he would have over 50 saves.
5. Francisco Rodriguez
-His production has been dropping every year, but still has the stuff to shut down any opponent in the 9th.