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Top 10 First Basemen Rankings – Fantasy Baseball 2009
#1 – Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals
#2 – Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
#3 – Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
#4 – Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies
#5 – Lance Berkman – Houston Astros
#6 – Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins
#7 – Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres
#8 – Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers
#9 – David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox
#10 – Garrett Atkins – Colorado Rockies
Player Details & 2009 Projections:
#1 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals
Even after 8 years of fantasy baseball greatness, Pujols will only be 29 years old during the 2009 season, and believe it or not, he is actually entering the prime of his career. Assuming his elbow is healthy for the 2009 season, Pujols is clearly the safest and best option at first base. 35-40 homeruns, 120 rbi, 100 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a batting average around .330 is likely for Pujols in 2009.
#2 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
A move to New York’s lineup could have Teixeira’s stats skyrocket in 2009. Given the fact that there is a huge difference in his and Ryan Howard’s batting average, Teixeira gets the nod over Howard for the #2 first basemen spot. 35 homeruns, 120 rbi, 110 runs scored, and a .300 plus batting average should be expected from Teixeira in 2009.
#3 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
Even though it seems like Cabrera couldn’t possibly get any better, the fact is that he will be just 26 year old for the 2009 season! A 40 homerun season could be in store, and unlike Ryan Howard, Cabrera can actually bat for a high average in the .300’s. 35-40 homeruns, 120 rbi, 90-100 runs scored, and a batting average around .300 is a good bet for Cabrera in 2009.
#4 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies
Howard is the prototypical first basemen who offers huge power numbers but a meek batting average and horrible strikeout totals. If he could just manage a .280 batting average, Howard would easily be ranked #2 behind Albert Pujols. However until the batting average goes up, Howard is a huge liability in any fantasy league that counts batting average as a scoring category. 40-45 homeruns, 130 rbi, 100 runs scored, and a batting average around .260-.270 seems likely for Howard in 2009.
#5 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Lance Berkman – Houston Astros
Even though Berkman will be 33 for the 2009 season, he is still one of the most reliable and dependable fantasy baseball players out there. His usual .300 batting average, to go along with 30 homeruns, 100 rbi and 100 runs scored is nearly money in the bank for the 2009 season.
#6 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins
After what many deem as a down year last season, Morneau still managed to post 23 homeruns, 129 rbi, 97 runs scored, and a .300 batting average. If that’s ‘down’ then is it unrealistic to expect 30-35 homeruns, 130 rbi, 100 runs scored, and a .310 batting average in 2009?
#7 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres
As a former #1 draft pick, Gonzalez has put together three consecutive great fantasy baseball seasons, and best of all, no let up appears in sight for the 27 year old. A career year could be in store, with numbers approaching 35-40 homeruns, 120 rbi, 100 runs, and a .290 batting average.
#8 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers
Granted he didn’t match his 50 homerun plateau he set in 2007, but 34 homeruns and 102 rbi isn’t anything to sneeze at either. At just 25 years of age for the 2009 season, Fielder has a great shot at posting 40-45 homeruns, 120 rbi, 100 runs, and a batting average hovering around .280.
#9 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox
After 2008’s injury riddled campaign, Ortiz will be looking to rebound with his usual 35 homeruns, 120 rbi, and 100 runs scored. If your draft isn’t until after spring training begins, then wait and see how his injured wrist looks in April. If all reports are good, then draft Ortiz here, but if reports are bad, then you may want to consider bumping him down below Garrett Atkins on this list. 25-30 homeruns, 100 rbi, 90 runs scored, and a batting average around .280 would be on the conservative end for Ortiz in 2009.
#10 Overall First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Garrett Atkins – Colorado Rockies
If he stays in Colorado, then Atkins is clearly the best and safest option out of the next three first basemen I was temped to rank here (Derrek Lee, Carlos Pena, Kevin Youkilis). Not to mention Atkins’ duel eligibility at both first base and third base helps his case for the final #10 ranking tremendously. With the Colorado air in 2009, Atkins should post numbers around 30 homeruns, 115 rbi and 100 runs scored, all while managing a healthy .300 batting average.
First Basemen Just Missing the Top 10:
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox, Derrek Lee – Chicago Cubs, Carlos Pena – Tampa Bay Rays, Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds, Adam Dunn – Free Agent