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Friday, May 27, 2011

Fantasy baseball: Updated 2011 batter rankings

Asdrubal Cabrera is ranked above Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez at shortstop.

Shin-Soo is barely a starting outfielder in a 12-team league, and Michael Brantley has been much more productive.

And we've only mentioned Indians heading into our first breakdown of the top position players in fantasy baseball.

There are plenty of other ups and downs ahead, but we just ask that you hold your applause until the end.

A quick disclaimer before we get to the rankings: Players on the disabled list at the time of the rankings are not considered. Players are ranked at each position at which they are eligible, according to's criteria (hence the frequent Martin Prado mentions, along with Jose Bautista leading the way at both third base and the outfield).

Let's start a little controversy:

1. Victor Martinez, Tigers
2. Russell Martin, Yankees
3. Brian McCann, Braves
4. Alex Avila, Tigers
5. Matt Wieters, Orioles
6. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
7. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
8. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
9. Carlos Santana, Indians
10. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
11. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
12. John Buck, Marlins
Disabled list: Buster Posey, Giants; Nick Hundley, Padres; Geovany Soto, Cubs; Joe Mauer, Twins

1. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2. Joey Votto, Reds
3. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
4. Prince Fielder, Brewers
5. Lance Berkman, Cardinals
6. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
7. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
8. Paul Konerko, White Sox
9. Gaby Sanchez, Marlins
10. Michael Young, Rangers
11. Ryan Howard, Phillies
12. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
DL: Ike Davis, Mets; Adam Lind, Blue Jays; Kendry Morales, Angels

1. Robinson Cano, Yankees
2. Brandon Phillips, Reds
3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers
4. Martin Prado, Braves
5. Rickie Weeks, Brewers
6. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
7. Neil Walker, Pirates
8. Ben Zobrist, Rays
9. Darwin Barney, Cubs
10. Kelly Johnson, Diamondbacks
11. Chase Utley, Phillies
12. Maicer Izturis, Angels
DL: Brian Roberts, Orioles; Howard Kendrick, Angels

1. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3. Jose Reyes, Mets
4. Starlin Castro, Cubs
5. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
6. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
7. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
8. Darwin Barney, Cubs
9. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
10. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
11. Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays
12. Maicer Izturis, Angels

1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
2. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
4. Michael Young, Rangers
5. Martin Prado, Braves
6. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
7. Placido Polanco, Phillies
8. Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks
9. Evan Longoria, Rays
10. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
11. Chipper Jones, Braves
12. Casey McGehee, Brewers
DL: David Wright, Mets; Pablo Sandoval, Giants; Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals; Pedro Alvarez, Pirates

These are the players who aren't eligible anywhere else, and there are only five worth mentioning:
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox
2. Vladimir Guerrero, Orioles
3. Jim Thome, Twins
4. Hideki Matsui, Athletics
DL: Travis Hafner, Indians

1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
2. Ryan Braun, Brewers
3. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
5. Lance Berkman, Cardinals
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
8. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
9. Jay Bruce, Reds
10. Hunter Pence, Astros
11. Curtis Granderson, Yankees
12. Drew Stubbs, Reds
13. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
14. Martin Prado, Braves
15. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
16. Mike Stanton, Marlins
17. Carl Crawford, Red Sox
18. Chris Young, Diamondbacks
19. Adam Jones, Orioles
20. Logan Morrison, Marlins
21. Carlos Quentin, White Sox
22. Nelson Cruz, Rangers
23. Grady Sizemore, Indians
24. Matt Joyce, Rays
25. Ben Zobrist, Rays
26. Alex Gordon, Royals
27. Jayson Werth, Nationals
28. Michael Brantley, Indians
29. Coco Crisp, Athletics
30. Corey Hart, Brewers
31. Johnny Damon, Rays
32. Jason Kubel, Twins
33. Carlos Beltran, Mets
34. Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks
35. Andre Ethier, Dodgers
36. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
DL: Shane Victorino, Phillies; Jason Heyward, Braves



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