Borch’s Top 100
If your fantasy baseball
league still hasn’t had its draft, check out the mixed league
rankings below. Every league is different, and of course, this
is just one man’s opinion.
Albert Pujols 1B – Prince,
El Hombre. Plain and simple, best hitter of the 21st
Hanley Ramirez SS –
All-around talent at premium position, still with room for
Alex Rodriguez 3B –
Imagine last year’s stats plus an extra month.
Chase Utley 2B –
Consistent five-category stud at thin position.
Ryan Braun OF – Young pup
with three straight stellar seasons.
Mark Teixeira 1B – Imagine
last year’s stats with A-Rod protection for another month.
Prince Fielder 1B – Young
power freak with solid average and mean streak.
Miguel Cabrera 1B – Watch
out now that he’s taking better care of self.
Ryan Howard 1B – Huge
power, but lower average puts him below previous three.
Troy Tulowitzki SS –
Forget about 2008; 2007 and 2009 are similar; hot spring so
Matt Kemp OF – Skillzzz;
‘09 was bigger breakout; 30-30 this year puts him in Braun
Matt Holliday OF – Look at
career numbers and ’09 stats with Pujols in front of him.
Justin Upton OF – Ditto to
Evan Longoria 3B – Some
are very high on him; get SBs into 12-15 range and I’ll
David Wright 3B – Was last
year the exception? 20 HRs good bet, but 30 is
Joe Mauer C – Great –
better in real life than fantasy, unless he repeats ’09.
Tim Lincecum SP – Top
pitcher off the board, but I usually wait a little longer on
Ian Kinsler 2B – If he
gets rid of the injury bug, he’d enter my top 10.
Carl Crawford OF – Speed
demon, but not enough power for my taste to put near 11-13
Jimmy Rollins SS – Don’t
let him slip too far. ’09 batting average was not the norm.
Roy Halladay SP – Not
scared about move to bandbox; was in AL EAST. Good bet for
C.C. Sabathia SP –
Consistency and great lineup for run support and W’s.
Grady Sizemore OF – Needs
bounce-back, but remember ’05-08? And he’s only 27.
Ichiro Suzuki OF – Same
old, same old. Mark him down for .320 BA on 205 hits and 25
Jacoby Ellsbury OF – If
steals are your thing, cha-ching. 70 of those bad boys last
Adrian Gonzalez 1B – Stay
classy San Diego, and pay this man his money.
Joey Votto 1B – Full
season of last year’s stats figure to about 30-100-100 with
Dustin Pedroia 2B – Useful
for everything, but especially BA and runs.
Brandon Phillips 2B –
Better power and speed than Pedroia, but lower average and
Pablo Sandoval 1B/3B –
Panda primed for power spike with better lineup, plus high
Mark Reynolds 1B/3B –
Awesome 44 dingers and 24 swipes. If repeated, you can
gamble on BA.
Ryan Zimmerman 3B – Coming
into his own. Average over .300 would look really nice. Only
Kevin Youkilis 1B/3B –
Boring version of Sandoval. Consistent, but not much upside.
Victor Martinez C/1B – ’09
and ’07 stats almost match. C eligibility is huge with his
Zack Greinke SP – Huge
last year, but not as high as C.C. because of woeful team.
Derek Jeter SS – Don’t buy
’09 stats, but The Captain will still have nice numbers.
Jose Reyes SS – Classic
risk/reward. Hit the jackpot and 50 SBs, or go home broke
Jayson Werth OF – Two
straight 20-20 seasons. 36 bombs last year.
Felix Hernandez SP – Stud,
but I’ve been burned with his WHIP too often. Wins should be
Dan Haren SP – Here for
overall consistency, but second-half yo-yo will drive you
Adam Wainwright SP – Good
pitcher on good team; still pretty young at 28.
Justin Verlander SP – Love
the K’s and pitcher’s park.
Ben Zobrist 2B/OF/SS –
Versatility, especially if he qualifies at SS in your
league. Was ’09 real?
Curtis Granderson OF – 40
homers reachable at new Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano 2B – Should
get lots of RBIs behind A-Rod. Could be batting champ. Only
Johan Santana SP – Could
be a major bargain, but stats have trended down last few
Justin Morneau 1B – Really
not THAT big of a difference between him and Adrian
Brian McCann C – Personal
preference on how much you value 135 games at C or 155 at
B.J. Upton OF – Paging
some consistency from this 25-year-old. Would like 20 HR-40
Andrew McCutchen OF –
Looks like real deal. I can see 20 dingers and 35 swipes
with lots of Rs.
Jon Lester SP – Nice K’s,
good team, might take next step forward at only 26.
Chris Carpenter SP – Pray
for 175 innings. Argument can be made he should’ve won Cy
Josh Johnson SP – Looks to
be a horse, but would like to see repeat of ’09 stats first.
Cole Hamels SP – Higher
ranking than most experts, but could be worth gamble; check
Jake Peavy SP – Similar to
Santana and Hamels, could be monster, but new home/league
Jason Bay OF – Read a
study saying his HR total shouldn’t drop that much from
Bobby Abreu OF – Just
double-checked his career consistency. Could pick ahead of
Shin-Soo Choo OF – Need
another 20-20-.300 season to make me firm believer.
Nelson Cruz OF – Late
bloomer? Show me another season like ’09.
Carlos Lee OF – Only below
previous four because SBs have diminished. Hitting skills
Adam Dunn 1B/OF – You like
power, draft the Big Donkey and pencil in 40 jacks.
Torii Hunter OF – Was on
pace for career year before injury. If defense counted, he’d
Derrek Lee 1B – Great
hitter, but power can be inconsistent.
Kendry Morales 1B – Give
me one more year, Kendry, before I buy high.
Billy Butler 1B – See
above, Billy, Billy, Billy.
Brian Roberts 2B – Nice
runs but will stolen bases continue to slide?
Aaron Hill 2B – Dan
Uggla’s long-lost brother with higher average, or was ’09 a
Dan Uggla 2B – Adam Dunn’s
cousin – no defense, no average, but chicks dig the long
Hunter Pence OF –
Expecting him to come close to putting it all together.
Adam Jones OF – Was having
massive year until injury bug bit him in the butt.
Shane Victorino OF – Might
not have as many runs or steals with drop in lineup, but
Andre Ethier OF – Looks
like he could be future batting champ, but will take HRs
jumping to 31.
Aramis Ramirez 3B –
Injuries scary, but absolutely rakes when healthy.
Michael Young 3B –
Underrated, but power will likely decrease, and has lost SS
Chone Figgins 3B – Will
rapidly gain 2B eligibility. Great speed, but still no
Clayton Kershaw SP – Huge
upside, awesome strikeouts, nice team.
Tommy Hanson SP –
Yovani Gallardo SP – Super
in K department; banking on talent and new pitching coach.
Josh Beckett SP – Can’t
argue with last 3 years, especially WHIP. Potential 20-game
Jonathan Broxton RP –
Ridiculous stats last season; 114 punch-outs in only 76
Mariano Rivera RP –
Reliable old vet, but Broxton’s K’s put him second on my
Jonathan Papelbon RP –
Elite stats four straight years.
Joakim Soria RP –
Overlooked and often underrated. 72 saves last two seasons
on bad team.
Cliff Lee SP – Shady
offseason and now likely DL stint with abdomen issue.
Nick Markakis OF – Took a
small step back last year. SBs dropped from 18 to 6 last
Adam Lind OF – We shall
see if 35-homer power continues.
Manny Ramirez OF – Mystery
man. Pure hitter could hit .320 with 40 HR or .290 with 30
Lance Berkman 1B – Solid
producer may come cheap with knee concern, or is he goin’
Nate McClouth OF – Pretty
good last few years. Wish he would get his average up.
Gordon Beckham 3B – 2B
eligibility coming soon. Upside limitless; just 23.
Matt Cain SP – Kind of
like Felix Hernandez. Do you truly trust last year? Only 26.
Ricky Nolasco SP – Sweet
second half. Forget bloated overall ERA.
Javier Vazquez SP – Don’t
pay for last year’s stats. His AL numbers not nearly as
Ian Stewart 2B/3B – Great
power for 2B, but needs to get BA at least close to Uggla’s.
Carlos Gonzalez OF –
Power-speed combo at Coors Field, period.
Jay Bruce OF – Could hit
40 homers. Seriously. Turns 23 two days before Opening Day.
Josh Hamilton OF – The
Natural needs to stay on the field. ’08 seems more like 5
Alfonso Soriano OF –
Manny’s mystery twin. Healthy: 30 HR-15 SB-.275 BA; or keep
Matt Wieters C – If he
lives up to billing, he might be more in McCann territory.
Alexei Ramirez SS – Call
this one a hunch. Power-speed in nice lineup. High on ChiSox.
Could’ve gone with several thieves – including Bourn, Span, Borbon and Pierre – or a few closers. Depends on your
Take these rankings as
you will. However, I have won the title five of the last six
years in a non-keeper mixed league with a $40 entry fee – just
the facts. Drafting is only the first step. Injuries happen;
breakouts and slumps occur. Rookies like Stephen Strasburg could
change the fantasy landscape, much like Tommy Hanson did last
year. Stay on top of your team; you can accomplish a lot with
only 10 minutes a day. Draft well and manage well and you could
bring home the bacon.
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