Fantasy Baseball Top 5 Position Rankings (April 12th-18th)

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.

Matt Wieters has recorded 2 hits in four games this season

Catcher

1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

-The best catcher in the game has 3 doubles and a longball in 8 hits.

2. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

- Did not take long for the young catcher to make his fantasy owners happy. Wieters is hitting .389 with seven hits. Six of those came in the first series against the Rays, who the Orioles face this week once again.

3. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

- Surprising power in the first week hitting two homers. With an upcoming series against the Astros, expect Yadier and the rest of the Cardinals offense to explode.

4. Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox

-  The Red Sox face the Twins and Rays this week giving Martinez some favorable match-ups.  With a hit in each of his first 3 games, look for his success to continue

5. Jorge Posada, New York Yankees

- Batting .357 with 3 runs and 4 walks early on.  With match-ups against the Angels and Rangers this week, the Yankees have potential to score a lot of runs.

First Base

1. Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

-  Had an incredible open day with 2 home runs and 4 RBI.  Cooled off a little after this but has great matchups this week with Houston and the Mets.

2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

-  Remained under the radar in the first week but hit .450 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s.  Look for these numbers to continue against the Royals and Mariners.

3. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

- Batting .417 with 3 HR and 10 RBI through the first week and faces the Nats and Marlins pitching staffs this week.

4. Daric Barton, Oakland Athletics

- Is there anything that he did not do this week? Hit .421 with 8 hits, 4 runs, 7RBIs and 7 walks.

5. Justin Morneau

-8 hits, 2 homers, and 6 walks while protecting Joe Mauer. Faces a good but vulnerable Royals staff this week.

Second Base

1. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

- Match-ups couldn’t look much better for the Phillies this week with the Nationals coming to town.  Utley is hitting for average, drawing walks, and scoring runs early on in the season.

2. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

- 2 homers and 6RBIs out of his eight hits this year. Will continue to put up big numbers in that Yankee lineup.

3. Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves

- More of a surprise than the first two on the list but Prado is currently second in the league batting  .600. Hitting second in the lineup before Jones, McCann and Heyward gives alot of scoring opportunities for Prado.

4. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels

- Always poses on threat on the basepaths when he gets on, which he has been so far this year.

5. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

- The former MVP is not hitting it to well yet, but still getting on base via the walk and has two homers this year.

Mark Ellis is quietly getting off to a quiet start out in Oakland but with the team’s inability to score runs limits his value.  Dan Uggla for the Marlins has been solid and always has RBI potential with Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu getting on base.

Third Base

1. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

- One of the best hitters in the game and will face a mediocre Orioles pitching staff early in the week

2. David WrightNew York Mets

-  Power seems to be coming back into form this season and the current match-up with the Nationals should get him going.

3. Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies

- The Phillies are scoring a lot of runs and Polanco is one of the reasons why.  Batting .542 with 6 RBI in the 2 hole will make the Phillies a top team.

4. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

- He started off slow against the Red Sox but with games against the Angels and Rangers looming he should turn it on.

5. Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies

- Getting on base and hitting for power early with two homers. Also has walked a couple times and scored 4 runs.

Shortstop

1. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

- Rollins is off to a terrific start and should continue this week facing the Nationals and Marlins.

2. Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins

- Ramirez opened the first 2 games of the season with multi-hit games and offers a unique blend of power and speed.  Should score lots of runs against the Reds to open the week.

3. Edgar Renteria, San Francisco Giants

- Arguably the hottest hitter in baseball with 11 hits so far.

4. Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers

- Getting on base, stealing bases, scoring runs and taking walks all in the first week. If he continues his pace from last week, he should be #1 fairly soon.

5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

- Not slowing down despite his age. Hitting over .300 and should continue to score.

Outfield

1. Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers

- A 2009 Home Run Derby participant, Cruz is continuing his power being tied for the ML league with 4 long balls.

2. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

- Extra base hits will keep him on this list for a while.

3. Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays

- Wells has been a pleasant surprise early on leading all of Major League Baseball, with Nelson Cruz,  in home runs with 4.  Add this to his four walks and seven runs and Wells can give Blue Jays fans a reason to smile.

4. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

- Hitting behind Albert Pujols gives him lots of opportunities with runners on base and he’s producing early on this year, hitting .476 with 7 runs.

5. Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers

- Already looking like he is ready to return to his old form and forget about 2009. Mags is hitting .476 early on.

Vladimir Guerrero is reviving his career with the Angels although most of his time is coming as a designated hitter.  Garrett Jones is the only player in Pirates history to hit 3 home runs in their first 2 games.

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