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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fantasy baseball: Midseason top 100 overall

If you joined a fantasy baseball league that was drafting this week -- as teams reached the 81-game mark (the official midseason point, not the All-Star break) -- whom would you take first? Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez or Miguel Cabrera?

Whom would you take with the 12th and final pick of the first round?

How excited would you be to exchange your second-round pick of Grady Sizemore for Alex Rios?

That was the idea for the list that follows. The following players are ranked in order based on how I think they will perform the rest of the season. What they've done to this point is important, but doesn't mean everything -- see Bautista, Jose and Greinke, Zack.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bautista had a poor second half and Greinke a great one. Heck, we shouldn't be surprised if Rafael Furcal is the best shortstop not named Hanley Ramirez in the last three months of the season.

Injured players were dropped in the rankings for obvious reasons.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to be out through at least Week 17 (this is the start of Week 14) with a wrist injury, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia likely is out through Week 19 and Phillies second baseman Chase Utley might miss two more weeks than Pedroia. The news is more encouraging for Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who could return from a fractured thumb after the All-Star break.

Tribe outfielder Shin-Soo Choo would've cracked the top 30 if it wasn't for a recent thumb injury that could require surgery. Finally, Jake Peavy likely would've been in the top 100 if not for a back injury that landed the White Sox pitcher on the DL this week.

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
2. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
4. Carl Crawford, OF, Rays
5. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers
6. David Wright, 3B, Mets
7. Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees
8. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
9. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
10. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees
11. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
12. Roy Halladay, SP, Phillies
13. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
14. Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals
15. Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies
16. Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins
17. Cliff Lee, SP, Mariners
18. Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Rockies
19. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
20. Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox
21. Joe Mauer, C, Twins
22. Tim Lincecum, SP, Giants
23. Alex Rios, OF, White Sox
24. Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
25. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres
26. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
27. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
28. Jon Lester, SP, Red Sox
29. Torii Hunter, OF, Angels
30. Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Rangers
31. Josh Johnson, SP, Marlins
32. Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
33. Rafael Furcal, SS, Dodgers
34. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees
35. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies
36. Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
37. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies
38. David Price, SP, Rays
39. Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals
40. Adrian Beltre, 3B, Red Sox
41. Martin Prado, 2B, Braves
42. Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
43. Michael Young, 3B, Rangers
44. Jayson Werth, OF, Phillies
45. Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals
46. Mat Latos, SP, Padres
47. Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees
48. Brennan Boesch, OF, Tigers
49. Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
50. Jered Weaver, SP, Angels
51. Jimmy Rollins, SP, Phillies
52. Nelson Cruz, OF, Rangers
53. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
54. Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks
55. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
56. Billy Butler, 1B, Royals
57. Phil Hughes, SP, Yankees
58. Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
59. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Brewers
60. Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals
61. Dan Uggla, 2B, Marlins
62. Corey Hart, OF, Brewers
63. Brett Gardner, OF, Yankees
64. Mark Reynolds, 3B, Diamondbacks
65. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox
66. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees
67. Yovani Gallardo, SP, Brewers
68. Zack Greinke, SP, Royals
69. Howie Kendrick, 2B, Angels
70. Brian McCann, C, Braves
71. Victor Martinez, C, Red Sox
72. Aubrey Huff, OF, Giants
73. Billy Wagner, RP, Braves
74. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
75. Paul Konerko, 1B, White Sox
76. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
77. Jonathan Broxton, RP, Dodgers
78. Rafael Soriano, RP, Rays
79. Jaime Garcia, SP, Cardinals
80. Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox
81. Denard Span, OF, Twins
82. Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks
83. Ben Zobrist, OF, Rays
84. Chone Figgins, 2B, Mariners
85. James Loney, 1B, Dodgers
86. Matt Cain, SP, Giants
87. Matt Garza, SP, Rays
88. Colby Rasmus, OF, Cardinals
89. Carlos Santana, C, Indians
90. Buster Posey, C, Giants
91. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
92. Jason Bay, OF, Mets
93. Casey McGehee, 3B, Brewers
94. Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
95. Trevor Cahill, SP, Athletics
96. Adam Dunn, 1B, Nationals
97. Manny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers
98. Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
99. Clay Buchholz, SP, Red Sox
100. Heath Bell, RP, Padres

Five who just missed the cut: 101. Vernon Wells, OF, Blue Jays; 102. Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays; 103. Francisco Liriano, SP, Twins; 104. Bobby Abreu, OF, Angels; 105. Kelly Johnson, 2B, Diamondbacks.

Top 100 by position: Outfielders 27, starting pitchers 24, first basemen 13, second basemen 9, third basemen 8, shortstops 7, catchers 5, relief pitchers 5, designated hitters 2. NOTE: Players are listed at their current position with their "real" team, not where you or I play them on our fake teams.

Click here for the preseason breakdown of the top 100.

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