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2012 Fantasy Baseball: First Base Rankings

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Opening Day is just a few weeks away and Athlon Sports has all the fantasy baseball rankings you need to get ready for the upcoming season.

Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web to compile an updated consensus Top 200 as well as positional breakdowns.

At first base, not much has changed in the updated positional rankings. Miguel Cabrera, who's moving to third this season, and Albert Pujols flip-flop places atop the first base rankings, followed by Joey Votto, Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder, the reason why Cabrera is moving over to the hot corner.

The biggest changes are all injury or illness-related as Ryan Howard (Achilles), Ike Davis (lung infection), Justin Morneau (concussion-related symptoms and numerous surgeries) and Mark Trumbo (stress fracture in foot) all dropped in the rankings. Howard is out until at least May, if not longer, which is the main reason why he has fallen in the rankings. Davis and Trumbo were both limited early on in spring training by their situations, but appear to be back on track, while Morneau has struggled to find his timing and power at the plate.

There has been some positive news on the injury front, however. Kendrys Morales, who last played on May 29, 2010 due to a severely fractured ankle, has been making slow, but steady progress during spring training. He is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to game action later this week.

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Rank Position ranking
OVR
Overall ranking on The Big Board
LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012

AS – Athlon Sports (updated 3/19/12)
CBS – CBSSportsline.com (as of 3/16/12)
ESPN – (updated 3/13/12)
FOX – FOXSports.com (updated 3/7/12)
MLB – MLB.com (as of 3/15/12)
RC – RotoChamp.com (updated 3/18/12)
RS – RotoSummit.com (updated 2/27/12)
USA - USAToday.com (updated 2/13/12)
Y! – Yahoo! Sports (updated 2/24/12)*

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*Yahoo! ranked only 120 players on their list, while Athlon's Big Board contains 200. The aggregated scores of the other eight big boards were used to extrapolate Yahoo!’s rankings to 200 players.

Athlon Sports Fantasy Rankings**: Big Board | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

**Positional rankings will be updated throughout the week

Rank

OVR

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

1

3

Miguel Cabera

DET

1B

2

1

1

4

4

1

4

3

1

2

2

1

Albert Pujols

LAA

1B

1

3

2

3

2

3

3

4

3

3

9

7

Joey Votto

CIN

1B

16

12

10

12

9

5

9

10

7

4

10

9

Adrian Gonzalez

BOS

1B

7

13

14

7

11

11

13

9

9

5

17

16

Prince Fielder

DET

1B

17

26

18

15

12

7

18

18

14

6

23

21

Mark Teixeira

NYY

1B

22

33

24

23

24

18

27

31

23

7

36

33

Carlos Santana

CLE

C/1B

52

17

52

30

35

32

46

40

41

8

38

38

Mike Napoli

TEX

C/1B

57

43

47

27

39

30

41

36

53

9

39

48

Pablo Sandoval

SF

1B/3B

34

54

33

44

68

27

38

69

39

10

46

42

Paul Konerko

CHW

1B

70

97

36

37

40

38

35

65

47

11

52

49

Eric Hosmer

KC

1B

41

106

45

39

74

43

40

60

68

12

59

53

Michael Young

TEX

1B/2B/3B

74

56

95

43

101

26

57

75

61

13

69

72

Kevin Youkilis

BOS

1B/3B

58

45

98

59

77

105

76

68

60

14

70

79

Michael Morse

WAS

1B/OF

103

83

71

53

82

42

70

83

62

15

77

76

Joe Mauer

MIN

C/1B

43

48

131

58

66

77

85

93

95

16

83

87

Lance Berkman

STL

1B/OF

105

78

59

77

96

52

77

99

86

17

90

90

Howard Kendrick

LAA

1B/2B/OF

85

119

118

79

84

88

91

101

72

18

98

98

Billy Butler

KC

1B

55

111

102

129

153

37

121

85

123

19

109

107

Freddie Freeman

ATL

1B

81

147

120

76

143

81

127

97

115

20

112

120

Michael Cuddyer

COL

1B/2B/OF

96

152

92

123

156

139

98

121

70

21

115

113

Mark Reynolds

BAL

1B/3B

120

98

156

107

111

101

123

124

128

22

141

149

Nick Swisher

NYY

1B/OF

163

170

150

146

115

137

158

114

153

23

142

143

Paul Goldschmidt

ARI

1B

136

-

182

150

117

126

192

113

98

24

145

136

Adam Lind

TOR

1B

158

-

135

142

133

110

115

195

142

25

158

183

Gaby Sanchez

MIA

1B

156

182

162

133

200

154

175

115

161

26

160

118

Ryan Howard

PHI

1B

159

126

196

171

187

-

160

150

94

27

161

137

Ike Davis

NYM

1B

157

149

208

172

152

-

168

140

111

28

165

153

Justin Morneau

MIN

1B

59

191

-

176

181

-

-

126

151

29

172

200

Carlos Lee

HOU

1B/OF

161

-

-

147

-

150

183

123

175

30

182

190

Kendrys Morales

LAA

1B

154

-

-

-

168

122

-

-

176

31

207

NR

Lucas Duda

NYM

1B/OF

-

-

-

-

-

173

-

143

190

32

209

155

Mark Trumbo

LAA

1B/OF

-

-

-

155

-

-

177

-

185

33

210

NR

Brandon Belt

SF

1B/OF

-

197

-

190

186

192

-

154

-

34

218

NR

Carlos Pena

TB

1B

-

-

192

-

182

180

-

178

-

35

223

216

Yonder Alonso

SD

1B/OF

181

-

-

-

-

176

-

-

-

36

232

NR

Mike Carp

SEA

1B/OF

-

-

-

-

-

166

-

-

-

37

236

NR

James Loney

LAD

1B

-

-

-

-

-

168

-

-

-

38

253

NR

Adam Dunn

CHW

1B/DH

-

-

-

-

188

-

-

-

-

Other names to consider (in alphabetical order): Chris Davis (BAL, 1B/3B), Todd Helton (COL, 1B), Aubrey Huff (SF, 1B/OF), Garrett Jones (PIT, 1B/OF), Adam LaRoche (WAS, 1B), Mitch Moreland (TEX, 1B/OF), Daniel Murphy (NYM, 1B/2B/3B), Justin Smoak (SEA, 1B), Ty Wigginton (PHI, 1B/3B/OF)

— by Mark Ross, updated on March 21, 2012

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