2010 Fantasy Baseball Projected Top 50 Players

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Every year, those within the fantasy baseball community are free to refer to an abundance of player projections from sports and media websites.  While they do aid people in their selections, nobody can ignore their own gut feelings on specific baseball player’s skills, talent, durability, and production.  Those feelings, teamed with past years statistics and up to minute news and notes have opened the door for anyone to come up with their own projections. 

Here are mine:

1. Albert Pujols – A lot of leagues had him the number 2 ranked fantasy player last year but if I had that pick I would take Pujols no question.  Same goes this year.  With 568 at bats, he’s just as durable as most of the other top 10 players.  I expect another huge season out of him especially with Matt Holliday helping out.  2009 Stats: 47 HR, 135 RBI, .327 AVG, 16 SB, 124 R.  

2. Hanley Ramirez – While I would be upset that I came so close to getting Pujols, Hanley is a phenomenal player.  He will produce well above the norm in all 5 of the standard batting categories.  2009 Stats: 24 HR, 106 RBI, .320 AVG, 27 SB, 101 R.

3. Ryan Braun – In my opinion, the Brewers are blessed with two top ten offensive talents.  Just like the top 2 projected fantasy players, Braun is the complete package.  He also stepped to the plate 635 times last season to prove his durability.  While many others might projected him behind Utley, everyone should agree he is a top ten talent. I believe his consistency merits the number 3 rank.  2009 Stats: 32 HR, 114 RBI, .320 AVG, 20 SB, 113 R.

4. Chase Utley – While he benefits from playing one of the most profound band boxes in the MLB, Utley has proved that his power isn’t limited to his home town park.  Taking him in the first round will guarantee you the best 2B in the draft who will produce even if injured.  Furthermore, he benefits from one of the most potent line ups in the big leagues.  2009 Stats: 31 HR, 93 RBI, .282 AVG, 23 SB, 112 R.

5. Alex Rodriguez – Yet another player who’s supported by a powerful lineup.  Even though he was injured for the first month of the 2009 season he was still able to knock 30 homers and 100 rbis.  Going by projections, he’s a sure thing.  He dropped a few slots in my rankings because of the possible headaches you might get if he doesn’t feel 100%.  Management will make sure the veterans are not overworked as they prepared for another assured playoff push.  This will cut into Arod’s at bats.  Nevertheless, when he’s on the field he’s second to only Pujols.  2009 Stats: 30 HR, 100 RBI, .286 AVG, 14 SB, 78 R.

6. Prince Fielder – You might think there is a significant drop off from the top pick in the draft and the next best 1B available.  Fielder has proven that when it comes to power, that gap is shrinking.  Finding speed in the later rounds is an easy compromise to make in order to take this young talent in the middle of the first round.  In a lineup that includes another top player in Ryan Braun, I don’t believe he will experience a significant drop off from last year.  2009 Stats: 46 HR, 141 RBI, .299 AVG, 2 SB, 103 R.

7. Tim Lincecum – There’s always a great deal of talk about taking a WR in the first round of a fantasy football draft.  In a way, the same can be said with taking a pitcher.  Nevertheless, it’s hard to let this young gun slip too far down.  There is no doubt that he will be the first pitcher taken, the question is who will be bold enough to snatch this guy in the first round to anchor what will be a very strong pitching staff.  2009 Stats: 2.48 ERA, 261 K, 15 W, 1.05 WHIP.

8. Evan Longoria – As long as this guy can stay in the lineup he will continue to excel and add to his already impressive stats.  Expect the Rays to contend with Longoria as the anchor in the lineup.  Along with every other AL East player, he will have to go up against some phenomenal pitchers.  Nevertheless, much like the top AL East talents, he has proven he can handle it.  2009 Stats: 33 HR, 113 RBI, .281 AVG, 9 SB, 100 R.

9. David Wright – Reyes and Wright were both considered top 5 players last year.  Now, Reyes can’t stay healthy and Wright seems to be suffering from the dimensions of Citi Field.  Even though his power was non-existent last year, the addition of Jason Bay to what should be a potent lineup, teamed with adjustments made at Citi Field should give Wright the tools to hit 20+ hrs and knock in 100+ rbis.  The rest of the stats are there.  With that said, my optimism has pushed Wright into the top 10 ranks.  2009 Stats: 10 HR, 72 RBI, .307 AVG, 27 SB, 88 R.

10. Matt Kemp – Even though the Dodgers were winning, I never understood why Kemp was batting late in the lineup at times.  Regardless, his 2009 season was a success and there’s a lot of upside for 2010.  He is the second best offensive OF in the league and he won’t slip lower than 10.  2009 Stats: 26 HR, 101 RBI, .297 AVG, 34 SB, 97 R. 

11. Joe Mauer

12. Miguel Cabrera

13. Mark Teixeira

14. Roy Halladay

15. Ryan Howard

16. Troy Tulowitzki

17. Ian Kinsler

18. Matt Holliday

19. Felix Hernandez

20. Jacoby Ellsbury

21. Zack Greinke

22. Justin Upton

23. Carl Crawford

24. Adrian Gonzalez

25. C.C. Sabathia

26. Mark Reynolds

27. Derek Jeter

28. Pablo Sandoval

29. Dan Haren

30. Jimmy Rollins

31. Dustin Pedroia

32. Ryan Zimmerman

33. Chris Carpenter

34. Brandon Phillips

35. Adam Lind

36. Adam Wainwright

37. Justin Verlander

38. Jason Bay

39. Victor Martinez

40. Jon Lester

41. Justin Morneau

42. Josh Johnson

43. Kevin Youkalis

44. Brian Roberts

45. Andre Eithier

46. Johan Santana

47. Aaron Hill

48. Cliff Lee

49. Grady Sizemore

50. Jose Reyes

Bubble Burst: There aren’t enough slots in the top 50 but these guys deserve a mention –

51.  Brian McCann.. 52. Jayson Werth.. 53. Carlos Lee.. 54. Joey Votto.. 55. Nick Markakis.. 56. Robinson Cano.. 57. Josh Beckett.. 58. Kendry Morales.. 59. Ben Zorbrist.. 60. Yvoni Gallardo

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