Big Board: Baseball

Brandon Funston
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The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy baseball players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis.

Big Board 50: Baseball
Rank Player Stock Pvs.
1 Albert Pujols(notes), StL, 1B Good luck trying to make a strong case against him being No. 1
2 Hanley Ramirez(notes), Fla, SS Finished outside top 5 hitters (15) in roto in '10 for 1st time since '06
3 Evan Longoria(notes), TB, 3B 3-year average (before age 25): .283/27/101/88/10
4 Miguel Cabrera(notes), Det, 1B He's really just a slightly lesser version of Pujols
5 Carlos Gonzalez(notes),Col,OF No. 1 in Y! in '10; only 25; contributes in all 5 roto cats; plays in COL …
6 Troy Tulowitzki(notes), Col, SS If ever he gets thru a season w/o serious injury or April slump, watch out
7 Joey Votto(notes), Cin, 1B Canadian Club added a speed twist (16 SB) in '10 to already potent mix
8 Chase Utley(notes), Phi, 2B Don't let thumb injury of '10 cloud your memory of his 30/20 skills
9 Robinson Cano(notes), NYY,2B Top 2B in Y! game in '10 does everything but run
10 Ryan Braun(notes), Mil, OF Power dipped in '10, but he was still top 10 offensive roto producer
11 David Wright(notes), NYM, 3B Phew! He is who we thought he was (29 HRs in '10 after 10 in '09)
12 Adrian Gonzalez(notes),Bos,1B Want to get excited about his SD exit? Just look at his road numbers
13 Carl Crawford(notes), Bos, OF BOS odd fit, but nothing wrong w/ surrounding talent w/ more talent
14 Ryan Howard(notes), Phi, OF Ankle injury prevented 5th straight 40 HR, 130 RBI campaign in '10
15 Roy Halladay(notes), Phi, SP Past 3-year avg.: 245 IP, 19 Wins, 2.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 211 K, 34 BB
16 Matt Kemp(notes), LAD, OF A little more luck, less managerial mishandling in '11 will go a long ways
17 Mark Teixeira(notes), NYY, 1B BA fell victim to a classic slow start and a late-season thumb injury
18 Alex Rodriguez(notes), NYY, 3B He's in clear age decline, there's enough left for one last 30/100 hurrah
19 Justin Upton(notes), Ari, OF Not yet 24, already laid foundation for near-future .280/30/20 returns
20 Ryan Zimmerman(notes),Was,3B Prime-aged .300/30/100/100 producer from shallow 3B pool
21 Dustin Pedroia(notes), Bos, 2B Will be 100% (foot) by spring; all kinds of run potential atop BOS lineup
22 Matt Holliday(notes), StL, OF Hitting in Pujols' orbit has been almost as good as hitting at Coors
23 Jose Reyes(notes), NYM, SS Durability legit concern, but his prime-aged upside @ SS is worth it here
24 Prince Fielder(notes), Mil, 1B Box of chocolates: May hit anywhere in range of .260-.300 BA, 30-50 HR
25 Tim Lincecum(notes), SF, SP Average for 1st 3 years of career: 16 Wins, 2.80 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 252 K
26 Josh Hamilton(notes), Tex, OF A personal fave, but gotta recognize that iffy health comes w/territory
27 Adam Wainwright(notes), StL, SP Average for past 2 years: 20 Wins, 2.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 213 K
28 Felix Hernandez(notes), Sea, SP Final 21 starts of '10: 163.2 IP, 1.48 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 153 K
29 Shin-Soo Choo(notes), Cle, OF He's like a younger, Korean version of Bobby Abreu(notes)
30 Nelson Cruz(notes), Tex, OF PPG offensive roto value was top 10 in '10, but health once again the rub
31 Andre Ethier(notes), LAD, OF Proven .300/30/100/100 ability if usual month-long slide can be avoided
32 Jason Heyward(notes), Atl, OF Top 50 off. roto value in '10, and is only recently of legal drinking age
33 Andrew McCutchen(notes),Pit,OF Only 24, already set realistic expectations for .300/20 HR/30 SB
34 Dan Uggla(notes), Atl, 2B Perennial 30-HR 2B owns 1.051 OPS mark at Turner Field (45 games)
35 Clayton Kershaw(notes), LAD, SP Has logged sub-3 ERA and 185+ Ks in his age 21 and 22 seasons
36 Ian Kinsler(notes), Tex, 2B Over 160 games, top 10 quality, but health history scoffs at that notion
37 Kevin Youkilis(notes), Bos, 1/3 OPS has increased every season of his career -- loaded w/ table setters
38 Cliff Lee(notes), Phi, SP A bit shaky in Texas, but late '09 stint w/ Philly illicits optimism
39 Josh Johnson(notes), Fla, SP Top roto SP from 4/15-7/22: 18 GS, 10 W, 1.23 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 131 K
40 Joe Mauer(notes), Min, C Home park not favorable for power, but he can hit .320+ anywhere
41 Buster Posey(notes), SF, C/1 .300/20/85/75 line a conservative projection for this 24-yo stud
42 Jimmy Rollins(notes), Phi, SS If healthy, still has 20/30 upside, but BA ceiling now in .270 range
43 Alex Rios(notes), ChW, OF Despite 2nd half fade (BABIP drop), '10 line was sweet, and repeatable
44 Adam Dunn(notes), ChW, 1/O Perennial 40-HR slugger now resides at most HR-friendly park in MLB
45 Adrian Beltre(notes), Tex, 3B TEX would be a warmer version of BOS -- another ripe hitting environment
46 Ubaldo Jimenez(notes), Col, SP Explosive arsenal nearly unaffected by Coors Field altitude
47 Ichiro Suzuki(notes), Sea, OF .310 BA, 40 SBs are virtual locks, but 100 R in this offense a long shot
48 Jose Bautista(notes), Tor, 3/O About where he belongs w/ expectations of .250/35/100/90/10 in '11
49 Justin Morneau(notes), Min, 1B Post-concussion syndrome, power-sapping home park amp up the risk
50 David Price(notes), TB, SP He's the older, AL version of Clayton Kershaw