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August First Baseman Rankings

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Up this week are the August rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

Click to see other August rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

First Baseman Rankings

Falling off: Juan Miranda (No. 34)

  • That whole "moving Pujols down to eighth because he was going to miss the entire month of July" thing didn't work out so well.

  • If you're looking for Michael Morse, Brandon Allen or Kyle Blanks, they're all listed in the outfield.

  • I probably could have rolled back the first base rankings from 40 players to 35 this month, but I don't like doing that. No one in the bottom 10 here is a good bet to be very useful down the stretch. Davis (ankle) and Barton (shoulder) might be done for the season, and Overbay is going to have to find another job after being designated for assignment by Pittsburgh.

  • Lee rediscovered his power stroke for the Orioles last month, collecting six homers, five doubles and 19 RBI in 96 at-bats, and he should be a better bet to hit for average now that he's back in the National League with the Pirates.

  • The Diamondbacks picked Allen over Goldschmidt last month, only to trade Allen to the A's after he went 5-for-29 with three homers and seven RBI. Now it's Goldschmidt's turn after 30 homers in 366 at-bats in Double-A. I'd expect him to be pretty good, and he's a better bet than Allen was from a fantasy perspective because he's a right-handed hitter. Since Allen was a lefty, the Diamondbacks decided to have Nady platoon with him. Goldschmidt, though, should be a full-timer. I think he'll hit .250-.260 with at least six homers during the final two months.

  • The Reds have given Alonso just one start since calling him up in place of Jonny Gomes. It doesn't bode well for his fantasy value.


  • RankFirst basemanTeamAprMayJunJul
    1 Albert Pujols Cardinals 1 1 1 8
    2 Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox 3 4 3 1
    3 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 2 2 2 2
    4 Joey Votto Reds 4 3 4 3
    5 Prince Fielder Brewers 6 6 6 5
    6 Mark Teixeira Yankees 5 5 5 4
    7 Ryan Howard Phillies 7 7 7 6
    8 Paul Konerko White Sox 13 10 8 7
    9 Billy Butler Royals 10 9 9 10
    10 Adam Lind Blue Jays 2 DH 12 12 9
    11 Lance Berkman Cardinals 22 16 16 13
    12 Gaby Sanchez Marlins 17 18 13 12
    13 Freddie Freeman Braves 29 23 24 20
    14 Carlos Pena Cubs 20 27 21 14
    15 Todd Helton Rockies 27 22 19 18
    16 Eric Hosmer Royals 49 36 17 17
    17 Derrek Lee Pirates 14 14 18 19
    18 Aubrey Huff Giants 15 15 14 15
    19 Mark Trumbo Angels 40 38 25 21
    20 Adam Dunn White Sox 8 8 10 11
    21 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks NR NR NR 35
    22 Justin Morneau Twins 12 11 11 27
    23 Casey Kotchman Rays 37 33 32 28
    24 Jesus Guzman Padres 54 NR NR 39
    25 Mike Carp Mariners 51 NR 39 33
    26 Matt LaPorta Indians 25 25 23 23
    27 Justin Smoak Mariners 23 19 15 16
    28 Mitch Moreland Rangers 26 21 20 25
    29 James Loney Dodgers 21 24 27 22
    30 Yonder Alonso Reds 52 NR NR NR
    31 Garrett Jones Pirates 33 29 29 24
    32 Jason Giambi Rockies 45 NR 40 40
    33 Russell Branyan Angels 32 31 37 NR
    34 Brandon Belt Giants 31 32 33 32
    35 Brett Wallace Astros 30 28 28 29
    36 Lyle Overbay Pirates 24 30 30 30
    37 Ike Davis Mets 16 13 22 31
    38 Xavier Nady Diamondbacks 34 37 36 38
    39 Anthony Rizzo Padres 74 NR 34 26
    40 Daric Barton Athletics 19 20 26 37


    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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