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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fantasy baseball: Early top 100

Pitchers and catchers report.

On the baseball calendar, those four words might only be surpassed by “Tim McCarver will retire” and “Look, there’s Erin Andrews!”

As spring training gets set to begin, let’s take our first crack at the top 100 in fantasy.

This list will change as draft day gets closer.

Our feelings on McCarver and Andrews? Not so much.

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
2. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
3. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees
5. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
6. Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
7. Tim Lincecum, SP, Giants
8. Joe Mauer, C, Twins
9. Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
10. Roy Halladay, SP, Phillies
11. Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
12. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
13. Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals
14. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies
15. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
16. Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
17. Zack Greinke, SP, Royals
18. David Wright, 3B, Mets
19. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees
20. Carl Crawford, OF, Rays
21. Grady Sizemore, OF, Indians
22. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
23. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
24. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
25. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
26. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
27. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
28. Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks
29. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres
30. Dan Haren, SP, Diamondbacks
31. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
32. Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees
33. Curtis Granderson, OF, Yankees
34. Jason Bay, OF, Mets
35. Johan Santana, SP, Mets
36. Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals
37. Jon Lester, SP, Red Sox
38. Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins
39. Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees
40. Mark Reynolds, 3B, Diamondbacks
41. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
42. Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals
43. Victor Martinez, C, Red Sox
44. Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants
45. Josh Johnson, SP, Marlins
46. Brian McCann, C, Braves
47. Cliff Lee, SP, Mariners
48. Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox
49. Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles
50. Adam Lind, DH, Blue Jays
51. Manny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers
52. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
53. Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
54. Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays
55. Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles
56. Kendry Morales, 1B, Angels
57. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
58. Jayson Werth, OF, Phillies
59. Josh Beckett, SP, Red Sox
60. Chone Figgins, 3B, Mariners
61. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees
62. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
63. Shin-Soo Cho, OF, Indians
64. Javier Vazquez, SP, Yankees
65. Bobby Abreu, OF, Angels
66. Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
67. Joe Nathan, RP, Twins
68. Jonathan Broxton, RP, Dodgers
69. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers
70. Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
71. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Cubs
72. Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
73. Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Red Sox
74. Ben Zobrist, 2B, Rays
75. B.J. Upton, OF, Rays
76. Cole Hamels, SP, Phillies
77. Yovani Gallardo, SP, Brewers
78. Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Mets
79. Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies
80. Nelson Cruz, OF, Rangers
81. Billy Butler, 1B, Royals
82. Adam Dunn, 1B, Nationals
83. Tommy Hanson, SP, Braves
84. Jake Peavy, SP, White Sox
85. Matt Cain, SP, Giants
86. Michael Young, 3B, Rangers
87. Torii Hunter, OF, Angels
88. Hunter Pence, OF, Astros
89. Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox
90. Huston Street, RP, Rockies
91. Dan Uggla, 2B, Marlins
92. Nate McLouth, OF, Braves
93. John Lackey, SP, Red Sox
94. Raul Ibanez, OF, Phillies
95. Jair Jurrjens, SP, Braves
96. Chad Billingsley, SP, Dodgers
97. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
98. Jose Lopez, 2B, Mariners
99. Jason Bartlett, SS, Rays
100. Carlos Pena, 1B, Rays

NOTE: Players are listed at the position at which they are expected to start, according to the depth charts at

Top 100 by position:
Outfielders 26
Starting pitchers 24
First basemen 15
Second basemen 10
Third basemen 9
Relief pitchers 6
Shortstops 6
Catchers 3
Designated hitters 1

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