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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fantasy baseball: Updated top 100 overall

I'm still torn on Albert Pujols vs. Miguel Cabrera now that the latter will be a third baseman.

For fantasy purposes, that's an excellent position change for Miggy. For comedic purposes -- also excellent.

We'll give The Machine a slight edge, which we feel even better about as he makes the switch to the American League, but we understand if you prefer the Hot Corner/Comedic stylings of Miggy Cabrera at No. 1.

I'm not torn on Ryan Braun being the best outfielder, even if many prefer Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista or Jacoby Ellsbury. Since the reigning National League MVP isn't facing a 50-game suspension, we believe he's the most productive, and safest, selection at his all-important position.

The three players whose value has dropped the most since our initial top 100 are Mets third baseman David Wright, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. All did so because of injury, and Howard is no longer part of our top 100.

Without further delay, our updated list. Good luck in your drafts, and may Jose Bautista be with you.

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels
2. Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Tigers
3. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
4. Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays
5. Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
6. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
7. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
8. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Red Sox
9. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
10. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
11. Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees
12. Prince Fielder, 1B, Tigers
13. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
14. Roy Halladay, SP, Phillies
15. Curtis Granderson, OF, Yankees
16. Jose Reyes, SS, Marlins
17. Hanley Ramirez, 3B, Marlins
18. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
19. Cliff Lee, SP, Phillies
20. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies
21. Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks
22. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
23. Tim Lincecum, SP, Giants
24. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
25. Jered Weaver, SP, Angels
26. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers
27. Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals
28. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
29. Adrian Beltre, 3B, Rangers
30. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees
31. Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
32. Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
33. Cole Hamels, SP, Phillies
34. Hunter Pence, OF, Phillies
35. Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins
36. Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies
37. Ian Kennedy, SP, Diamondbacks
38. David Price, SP, Rays
39. Dan Haren, SP, Diamondbacks
40. David Wright, 3B, Mets
41. Alex Gordon, OF, Royals
42. Nelson Cruz, OF, Rangers
43. Michael Young, DH, Rangers
44. Kevin Youkilis, 3B, Red Sox
45. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Indians
46. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
47. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
48. Ben Zobrist, 2B, Rays
49. Carlos Santana, C, Indians
50. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees
51. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
52. Brian McCann, C, Braves
53. Mike Napoli, C, Rangers
54. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
55. Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs
56. Dan Uggla, 2B, Braves
57. Paul Konerko, 1B, White Sox
58. Jay Bruce, OF, Reds
59. Buster Posey, C, Giants
60. James Shields, SP, Rays
61. Jon Lester, SP, Red Sox
62. Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals
63. Craig Kimbrel, RP, Braves
64. Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants
65. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers
66. Zack Greinke, SP, Brewers
67. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox
68. Alex Avila, C, Tigers
69. Lance Berkman, 1B, Cardinals
70. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Indians
71. Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
72. Michael Bourn, OF, Braves
73. Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays
74. Carl Crawford, OF, Red Sox
75. Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Phillies
76. John Axford, RP, Brewers
77. C.J. Wilson, SP, Angels
78. Yovani Gallardo, SP, Brewers
79. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Brewers
80. Madison Bumgarner, SP, Giants
81. Tommy Hanson, SP, Braves
82. Michael Pineda, SP, Yankees
83. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees
84. Michael Morse, OF, Nationals
85. Billy Butler, DH, Royals
86. Drew Storen, RP, Nationals
87. Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks
88. Michael Cuddyer, OF, Rockies
89. Jason Heyward, OF, Braves
90. Josh Beckett, SP, Red Sox
91. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
92. Joe Mauer, C, Twins
93. Miguel Montero, C, Diamondbacks
94. Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals
95. Carlos Beltran, OF, Cardinals
96. Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
97. Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
98. Jeff Francoeur, OF, Royals
99. Adam Lind, 1B, Blue Jays
100. Brian Wilson, RP, Giants

Last five out: Howard Kendrick, 2B, Angels; J.J. Hardy, SS, Orioles; Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees; Jayson Werth, OF, Nationals; Matt Cain, SP, Giants.

Top 100 by position: Outfielders 28, starting pitchers 23, third basemen 10, first basemen 9, second basemen 8, catchers 7, shortstops 6, closers 6, designated hitters 3.

UPDATED RANKINGS: Batters, Pitchers

EARLY POSITION RANKINGS:  Catchers, first basemen, second basemen, shortstops, third basemen, designated hitters, outfielders, starting pitchers, closers, top 100 overall

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