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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fantasy baseball: Early top 100 for 2011

Is it too early to rank the top 100 players in fantasy baseball?


But if the Yankees can pay Rafael Soriano almost $12 million per season to be Mariano Rivera's setup man and Prince Fielder can earn $15.5 million to bat .261, then we can compile a top 100 in January.

Without further delay, our Ridiculously Early But Still Interesting Top 100 for 2011:

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
2. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
4. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers
5. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
6. Carl Crawford, OF, Red Sox
7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
8. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
9. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
10. Roy Halladay, SP, Phillies
11. Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees
12. Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
13. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
14. Tim Lincecum, SP, Giants
15. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees
16. David Wright, 3B, Mets
17. Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals
18. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
19. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Red Sox
20. Joe Mauer, C, Twins
21. Buster Posey, C, Giants
22. Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays
23. Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals
24. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
25. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Indians
26. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
27. Jayson Werth, OF, Nationals
28. Kevin Youkilis, 3B, Red Sox
29. Jon Lester, SP, Red Sox
30. Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
31. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
32. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
33. Cliff Lee, SP, Phillies
34. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
35. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees
36. Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
37. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
38. Victor Martinez, C, Tigers
39. Jason Heyward, OF, Braves
40. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
41. Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
42. Adrian Beltre, 3B, Rangers
43. Dan Uggla, 2B, Braves
44. Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees
45. Brian McCann, C, Braves
46. Nelson Cruz, OF, Rangers
47. Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Rockies
48. David Price, SP, Rays
49. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies
50. Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins
51. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
52. Josh Johnson, SP, Marlins
53. Adam Dunn, DH, White Sox
54. Hunter Pence, OF, Astros
55. Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks
56. Alex Rios, OF, White Sox
57. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Brewers
58. Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks
59. Jered Weaver, SP, Angels
60. Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
61. Alexei Ramirez, SS, White Sox
62. Paul Konerko, 1B, White Sox
63. Roy Oswalt, SP, Phillies
64. Delmon Young, OF, Twins
65. Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies
66. Mat Latos, SP, Padres
67. Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles
68. Michael Young, DH, Rangers
69. Corey Hart, OF, Brewers
70. Kendry Morales, 1B, Angels
71. Cole Hamels, SP, Phillies
72. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Cubs
73. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
74. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
75. Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals
76. Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
77. Grady Sizemore, OF, Indians
78. Martin Prado, OF, Braves
79. Carlos Santana, C, Indians
80. Brian Wilson, RP, Giants
81. Heath Bell, RP, Padres
82. Clay Buchholz, SP, Red Sox
83. Francisco Liriano, SP, Twins
84. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox
85. Joakim Soria, RP, Royals
86. Casey McGehee, 3B, Brewers
87. Aubrey Huff, 1B, Giants
88. Billy Butler, 1B, Royals
89. Matt Cain, SP, Giants
90. Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs
91. Curtis Granderson, OF, Yankees
92. Neftali Felix, RP, Rangers
93. Yovani Gallardo, SP, Brewers
94. Zack Greinke, SP, Brewers
95. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees
96. Carlos Marmol, RP, Cubs
97. Vernon Wells, OF, Blue Jays
98. Mike Stanton, OF, Marlins
99. Bobby Abreu, OF, Angels
100. Adam Lind, DH, Blue Jays

-- Five more we considered: Juan Pierre, OF, White Sox; Trevor Cahill, SP, Athletics; Tommy Hanson, SP, Braves; Mark Reynolds, 3B, Orioles; Jason Kubel, DH, Twins.

-- The top 100 by position: Outfielders, 28; starting pitchers, 22; first basemen, 12; third basemen, 8; second basemen, 8; shortstops, 7; relief pitchers, 6; catchers, 5; designated hitters, 4.

-- Note: We listed the players at the position at which they are expected to spend the most time this season. Obviously, you would want to draft Michael Young as a third baseman, but with Adrian Beltre on board for $96 million, Young likely will be Texas' primary designated hitter in 2011.

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