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2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Big Board

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Believe it or not, but the 2012 MLB season gets started in a little more than a week when Oakland and Seattle start a two-game series in Tokoyo.

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Granted, the "official" Opening Day isn't until April 5, but regardless of your preference, there's no time better than the present for an updated Fantasy Baseball Big Board.

And this time around, it's an even bigger Big Board as Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web and added 50 more spots to its consensus fantasy baseball Big Board, which now numbers 200, to help you get ready for this upcomnig season (with special thanks to FantasyRundown.com).

Not suprisingly, as spring training has gone on, different players' rankings across the board have gone up and down as teams' rosters are beginning to take shape on and off the fields in both Arizona and Florida.

As far as the updated Big Board, those changes start at the top. Reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun had his pending 50-game suspension for violation of the league's drug policy overturned on Feb. 24.

Now that it's clear Braun will be eligible to play, if healthy, a full 162-game schedule, it's no surprise that he has soared up the Big Board. Coming in at No. 71 on the consenus Big Board on Feb. 10, Braun is ranked No. 1 overall according to RotoSummit.com, making him one of four players, along with Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp and Albert Pujols, who received a first-place vote among the nine different sources used to compile Athlon's Big Board.

Taking all nine sources into account, Cabrera takes the No. 1 position on the updated Big Board, edging out Pujols for that distinction. Kemp, who finished second to Braun in the NL MVP voting last year, comes in third, followed by Braun.

Some of the other big risers among the consensus Top 200 include Joel Hanrahan (No. 125, up from No. 144), Andre Ethier (No. 130, up from No. 150), Martin Prado (No. 140, up from No. 157), Melky Cabrera (No. 143, up from No. 165), Rafael Betancourt (No. 153, up from No. 182), Gaby Sanchez (No. 158, up from No. 183), David Freese (No. 166, up from 198) and Carlos Lee (No. 172, up from No. 200),

On the other hand, several players' Big Board rankings dropped with some of the biggest fallers including the likes of Carl Crawford (No. 84, down from No. 67), Corey Hart (No. 104, down from No. 93), Nick Markakis (No. 117, down from 104), Ryan Howard (no. 160, down from No. 118), Ike Davis (No. 161, down from 137), Justin Morneau (No. 165, down from No. 153), Tim Hudson (No. 168, down from No. 133), and Ervin Santana (No. 184, down from No. 152).

And while not necessarily reflected in these Big Board rankings, two other injury situations that bear watching are David Wright, who has been limited by a torn abdominal muscle in his left side, and Chase Utley, who is dealing with issues in both of his knees. Wright has said he will be ready by Opening Day, while Utley's availability for the Phillies' opener on April 5 is questionable at best.

Several players also are making their debut on Athlon's consensus Big Board, including Coco Crisp, Angel Pagan, Delmon Young, Brandon Morrow, Brandon McCarthy and Huston Street, to name few.

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LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on Athlon Sports' consensus Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on Athlon Sports' consensus 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)*

*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 beginning later this week

 

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

3

Miguel Cabera

DET

1B

2

1

1

4

4

1

4

3

1

2

1

Albert Pujols

LAA

1B

1

3

2

3

2

3

3

4

3

3

2

Matt Kemp

LAD

OF

6

4

3

1

1

4

2

1

2

4

71

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

5

5

4

8

5

2

1

2

6

5

4

Jose Bautista

TOR

3B/OF

11

2

5

6

3

6

5

5

5

6

5

Troy Tulowitzki

COL

SS

4

9

6

5

6

15

8

6

4

7

8

Robinson Cano

NYY

2B

3

16

7

10

10

13

7

8

8

8

6

Jacoby Ellsbury

BOS

OF

19

8

8

2

8

9

6

12

12

9

7

Joey Votto

CIN

1B

16

12

10

12

9

5

9

10

7

10

9

Adrian Gonzalez

BOS

1B

7

13

14

7

11

11

13

9

9

11

10

Justin Upton

ARI

OF

14

18

9

14

7

21

10

11

10

12

14

Carlos Gonzalez

COL

OF

12

19

16

18

15

12

11

16

11

13

12

Roy Halladay

PHI

SP

10

6

12

19

23

10

12

22

18

14

11

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

SP

9

7

20

13

19

8

22

21

15

15

15

Dustin Pedroia

BOS

2B

13

14

15

11

21

16

14

19

17

16

13

Justin Verlander

DET

SP

8

10

17

17

22

17

21

17

16

17

16

Prince Fielder

DET

1B

17

26

18

15

12

7

18

18

14

18

17

Evan Longoria

TB

3B

33

20

11

16

17

19

16

7

13

19

20

Hanley Ramirez

MIA

SS

27

29

13

9

16

34

15

13

21

20

19

Cliff Lee

PHI

SP

20

11

22

21

27

14

24

26

24

21

18

Curtis Granderson

NYY

OF

38

15

23

22

13

23

17

20

22

22

22

Ian Kinsler

TEX

2B

28

30

19

26

14

35

20

15

20

23

21

Mark Teixeira

NYY

1B

22

33

24

23

24

18

27

31

23

24

24

Jose Reyes

MIA

SS

18

32

21

31

18

61

19

14

19

25

23

Felix Hernandez

SEA

SP

24

21

28

28

28

31

32

35

30

26

25

Andrew McCutchen

PIT

OF

40

38

26

20

26

29

28

30

27

27

26

Jered Weaver

LAA

SP

15

25

31

38

33

25

39

45

35

28

30

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

31

37

27

34

29

53

23

29

26

29

28

Tim Lincecum

SF

SP

25

27

32

32

30

51

42

32

28

30

32

Josh Hamilton

TEX

OF

26

46

40

35

36

49

25

27

34

31

31

CC Sabathia

NYY

SP

67

22

43

25

38

28

31

33

31

32

34

Giancarlo Stanton

MIA

OF

83

68

25

33

25

22

30

25

25

33

27

Cole Hamels

PHI

SP

23

24

39

40

31

46

36

66

32

34

29

David Wright

NYM

3B

73

23

29

24

20

91

26

23

29

35

36

Ryan Zimmerman

WAS

3B

29

42

34

42

32

60

47

24

33

36

33

Carlos Santana

CLE

C/1B

52

17

52

30

35

32

46

40

41

37

39

Matt Holliday

STL

OF

42

57

30

36

65

45

33

28

36

38

38

Mike Napoli

TOR

C/1B

57

43

47

27

39

30

41

36

53

39

48

Pablo Sandoval

SF

3B

34

54

33

44

68

27

38

69

39

40

40

Hunter Pence

HOU

OF

45

77

37

66

56

24

29

34

44

41

37

Dan Haren

LAA

SP

47

31

41

61

41

65

34

46

49

42

35

David Price

TB

SP

21

34

53

48

47

56

54

53

50

43

41

Zack Greinke

MIL

SP

66

28

48

57

46

55

50

44

40

44

44

Brian McCann

ATL

C

48

41

69

46

43

47

44

39

83

45

43

Starlin Castro

CHC

SS

44

79

57

63

42

59

37

43

38

46

42

Paul Konerko

CHW

1B

70

97

36

37

40

38

35

65

47

47

47

Jay Bruce

CIN

OF

63

90

38

62

34

40

55

38

51

48

56

Brett Lawrie

TOR

3B

71

55

46

67

44

33

63

71

45

49

45

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

RP

30

39

62

75

52

57

65

63

56

50

52

Ben Zobrist

TB

2B/OF

93

72

51

41

45

64

43

51

52

51

46

Matt Cain

SF

SP

37

70

61

73

48

36

59

77

54

52

49

Eric Hosmer

KC

1B

41

106

45

39

74

43

40

60

68

53

59

Brandon Phillips

CIN

2B

39

101

54

49

49

71

52

47

55

54

54

Nelson Cruz

TEX

OF

94

76

44

56

37

95

48

37

37

55

57

Dan Uggla

ATL

2B

100

103

42

52

64

50

45

55

48

56

50

Jon Lester

BOS

SP

49

50

56

55

61

98

78

62

58

57

51

Elvis Andrus

TEX

SS

64

108

60

60

63

92

49

41

42

58

55

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

SP

35

58

75

84

81

20

68

108

57

59

53

Michael Young

TEX

1B/2B/3B

74

56

95

43

101

26

57

75

61

60

60

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

SP

54

40

65

85

58

90

92

48

59

61

65

Michael Bourn

HOU

OF

80

74

35

72

87

84

51

42

67

62

61

Alex Rodriguez

NYY

3B

98

66

67

50

53

83

72

58

46

63

68

Shin-Soo Choo

CLE

OF

51

75

77

80

85

58

64

49

63

64

58

Desmond Jennings

TB

OF

99

85

104

68

50

54

61

50

43

65

69

Alex Gordon

KC

OF

82

87

50

81

60

73

66

59

66

66

77

Shane Victorino

PHI

OF

102

69

55

65

79

78

58

56

65

67

73

Buster Posey

SF

C

62

52

127

51

75

44

87

61

75

68

62

James Sheilds

TB

SP

76

36

64

78

72

103

62

72

81

69

72

Kevin Youkilis

BOS

1B/3B

58

45

98

59

77

105

76

68

60

70

79

Michael Morse

WAS

1B/OF

103

83

71

53

82

42

70

83

62

71

66

Asdrubal Cabrera

CLE

SS

97

86

63

47

54

97

56

92

64

72

75

Madison Bumgarner

SF

SP

46

49

79

94

67

72

88

87

80

73

70

C.J. Wilson

LAA

SP

101

61

68

70

51

69

75

80

88

74

74

Aramis Ramirez

MIL

3B

89

107

58

64

86

62

73

57

74

75

64

Rickie Weeks

MIL

2B

95

95

83

45

55

96

67

54

84

76

80

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

RP

32

112

87

74

71

82

79

73

77

77

76

Joe Mauer

MIN

C/1B

43

48

131

58

66

77

85

93

95

78

63

Ian Kennedy

ARI

SP

90

35

72

86

76

70

69

122

79

79

78

Mariano Rivera

NYY

RP

56

110

73

88

57

85

82

84

76

80

84

B.J. Upton

TB

OF

106

99

80

82

73

87

60

64

69

81

81

Jimmy Rollins

PHI

SS

104

102

49

54

69

146

53

76

73

82

86

Matt Wieters

BAL

C

60

65

84

69

88

106

93

74

90

83

87

Lance Berkman

STL

1B/OF

105

78

59

77

96

52

77

99

86

84

67

Carl Crawford

BOS

OF

79

67

70

29

59

-

71

52

103

85

88

John Axford

MIL

RP

36

92

93

108

70

127

96

82

78

86

94

David Ortiz

BOS

DH

72

91

66

100

122

41

114

70

121

87

92

Adam Jones

BAL

OF

86

117

78

102

110

63

83

88

89

88

91

Mat Latos

CIN

SP

111

47

94

103

62

104

84

119

100

89

83

Chase Utley

PHI

2B

68

100

76

71

98

-

74

67

71

90

90

Howard Kendrick

LAA

1B/2B/OF

85

119

118

79

84

88

91

101

72

91

89

Drew Storen

WAS

RP

50

93

89

96

78

141

107

110

82

92

82

Tommy Hanson

ATL

SP

77

62

116

131

80

68

86

142

97

93

95

Josh Johnson

MIA

SP

53

59

128

124

91

66

108

132

101

94

96

Daniel Hudson

ARI

SP

109

63

85

109

89

116

99

94

102

95

85

Michael Pineda

NYY

SP

91

60

96

116

105

74

101

116

116

96

97

Miguel Montero

ARI

C

69

53

117

125

113

86

103

89

122

97

103

Matt Garza

CHI

SP

114

71

101

119

93

107

109

86

104

98

98

Billy Butler

KC

1B

55

111

102

129

153

37

121

85

123

99

101

Brett Gardner

NYY

OF

110

109

90

105

104

124

89

78

107

100

110

Adam Wainwright

STL

SP

78

64

97

143

126

89

100

134

99

101

99

Ricky Romero

TOR

SP

65

82

81

90

118

134

113

127

124

102

106

Chris Young

ARI

OF

117

88

107

110

116

93

81

98

125

103

102

Drew Stubbs

CIN

OF

113

129

112

87

95

136

102

79

92

104

93

Corey Hart

MIL

OF

107

89

100

97

176

114

80

96

93

105

108

Ichiro Suzuki

SEA

OF

116

84

88

120

121

129

90

106

106

106

115

Jayson Werth

WAS

OF

121

140

82

98

94

113

104

100

114

107

100

Josh Beckett

BOS

SP

75

51

108

121

107

145

119

128

126

108

119

Alex Avila

DET

C

122

44

121

99

120

130

126

91

127

109

107

Freddie Freeman

ATL

1B

81

147

120

76

143

81

127

97

115

110

112

Matt Moore

TB

RP

115

104

74

221

140

79

95

130

91

111

105

Yu Darvish

TEX

SP

108

80

124

186

148

76

105

129

87

112

120

Michael Cuddyer

COL

1B/2B/OF

96

152

92

123

156

139

98

121

70

113

114

Jason Heyward

ATL

OF

119

153

109

92

106

182

111

102

85

114

109

Brian Wilson

SF

RP

84

133

106

122

92

189

106

118

112

115

113

Mark Reynolds

BAL

1B/3B

120

98

156

107

111

101

123

124

128

116

121

Derek Jeter

NYY

SS

125

118

113

101

97

-

94

105

118

117

104

Nick Markakis

BAL

OF

88

128

145

111

139

48

112

176

130

118

123

Alexei Ramirez

CHW

SS

127

138

86

89

123

131

116

145

129

119

117

Brandon Beachy

ATL

SP

123

81

123

137

132

80

137

165

110

120

116

Jose Valverde

DET

RP

61

154

125

117

90

171

124

120

131

121

111

Heath Bell

MIA

RP

92

94

148

151

83

165

117

139

108

122

127

Ryan Madson

CIN

RP

129

120

99

182

108

132

118

107

113

123

129

Dustin Ackley

SEA

2B

112

144

171

93

135

152

132

103

117

124

122

Chris Carpenter

STL

SP

132

136

103

114

100

-

97

159

133

125

144

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

RP

135

134

119

170

103

155

128

104

136

126

124

Gio Gonzalez

WAS

SP

118

73

132

115

160

-

125

161

109

127

139

Erick Aybar

LAA

SS

153

127

129

95

112

-

131

111

135

128

126

Jesus Montero

SEA

DH

126

124

188

206

142

39

110

135

132

129

130

Cameron Maybin

SD

OF

143

139

143

138

99

160

155

81

140

130

150

Andre Ethier

LAD

OF

137

130

140

127

174

100

166

109

120

131

132

Carlos Beltran

STL

OF

128

196

115

135

-

111

120

95

105

132

128

J.J. Putz

ARI

RP

149

113

142

145

102

120

130

168

138

133

141

J.J. Hardy

BAL

SS

140

168

111

91

129

191

170

90

134

134

135

Cory Luebke

SD

SP/RP

144

135

130

174

134

67

136

177

137

135

125

Emilio Bonifacio

MIA

SS/3B/OF

124

114

213

83

-

109

142

172

119

136

131

Jordan Zimmerman

WAS

SP

131

115

110

184

138

-

122

125

139

137

134

Anibal Sanchez

MIA

SP

134

96

137

173

137

125

133

191

141

138

147

Dee Gordon

LAD

SS

138

145

133

157

169

138

139

162

96

139

140

Andrew Bailey

BOS

RP

130

143

158

-

109

119

179

112

143

140

157

Martin Prado

ATL

3B/OF

152

122

168

128

150

115

162

157

150

141

149

Nick Swisher

NYY

1B/OF

163

170

150

146

115

137

158

114

153

142

143

Paul Goldschmidt

ARI

1B

136

-

182

150

117

126

192

113

98

143

165

Melky Cabrera

SF

OF

164

141

149

149

151

102

138

173

157

144

138

Johnny Cueto

CIN

SP

87

162

151

134

180

163

152

149

152

145

136

Adam Lind

TOR

1B

158

-

135

142

133

110

115

195

142

146

148

Neil Walker

PIT

2B

141

157

167

104

-

117

154

144

147

147

158

Ubaldo Jimanez

CLE

SP

151

121

105

141

158

-

140

174

144

148

142

Logan Morrison

MIA

OF

146

-

153

118

-

75

171

133

145

149

156

Jeff Francoeur

KC

OF

189

151

180

136

124

133

144

146

164

150

145

Shaun Marcum

MIL

SP

147

186

122

-

114

142

129

179

148

151

163

Jhonny Peralta

DET

SS

142

169

126

106

193

200

159

138

149

152

146

Jason Kipnis

CLE

2B

139

-

174

148

167

135

134

141

156

153

182

Rafael Betancourt

COL

RP

150

159

114

-

172

118

141

-

146

154

154

Torii Hunter

LAA

OF

172

-

146

159

198

94

149

131

154

155

160

Sergio Santos

TOR

RP

176

155

-

178

131

123

151

137

159

156

172

Jeremy Hellickson

TB

SP

160

164

91

165

164

-

161

156

158

157

151

Joakim Soria

KC

RP

196

142

152

169

119

187

135

160

162

158

183

Gaby Sanchez

MIA

1B

156

182

162

133

200

154

175

115

161

159

164

Ryan Roberts

ARI

2B/3B

162

123

165

112

192

162

189

180

155

160

118

Ryan Howard

PHI

1B

159

126

196

171

187

-

160

150

94

161

137

Ike Davis

NYM

1B

157

149

208

172

152

-

168

140

111

162

168

Danny Espinosa

WAS

2B

182

185

189

113

166

140

165

155

160

163

NR

Coco Crisp

OAK

OF

-

146

138

167

199

112

153

169

170

164

166

Doug Fister

DET

SP

174

175

144

196

163

108

148

-

163

165

153

Justin Morneau

MIN

1B

59

191

-

176

181

-

-

126

151

166

198

David Freese

STL

3B

145

192

194

160

145

169

-

117

167

167

186

Jemile Weeks

OAK

2B

165

131

-

180

-

156

145

147

177

168

133

Tim Hudson

ATL

SP

133

189

139

132

-

179

174

-

166

169

181

Jaime Garcia

STL

SP

199

163

154

139

179

144

180

183

180

170

188

Jason Motte

STL

RP

178

172

136

197

136

175

156

194

178

171

170

Jordan Walden

LAA

RP

-

171

163

163

125

183

143

-

173

172

200

Carlos Lee

HOU

1B/OF

161

-

-

147

-

150

183

123

175

173

173

Max Scherzer

DET

SP

190

188

134

185

130

-

178

171

169

174

180

Mike Moustakas

KC

3B

186

181

190

130

-

149

-

148

172

175

174

Carlos Marmol

CHC

RP

198

-

183

-

127

148

146

182

174

176

189

Austin Jackson

DET

OF

177

148

-

179

144

-

-

136

182

177

179

Joe Nathan

TEX

RP

-

156

-

195

128

181

164

170

184

178

193

Kelly Johnson

TOR

2B

-

161

175

164

141

199

157

-

188

179

169

Yadier Molina

STL

C

-

132

186

140

-

193

191

164

179

180

159

Neftali Feliz

TEX

RP

-

187

141

-

-

121

181

-

168

181

NR

Ted Lilly

LAD

SP

191

-

164

-

159

151

147

-

192

182

190

Kendrys Morales

LAA

1B

154

-

-

-

168

122

-

-

176

183

191

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

SP

193

174

147

-

-

170

150

196

193

184

152

Ervin Santana

LAA

SP

148

-

161

156

-

-

176

187

197

185

NR

Angel Pagan

SF

OF

187

167

178

187

154

-

163

193

-

186

NR

Delmon Young

DET

OF

155

195

-

162

177

177

169

-

200

187

NR

Brandon Morrow

TOR

SP

-

176

170

154

161

-

198

175

-

188

162

Daniel Bard

BOS

RP

185

-

185

-

-

99

-

-

165

189

184

Wandy Rodriguez

HOU

SP

-

137

166

199

194

185

184

189

186

190

NR

Stephen Drew

ARI

SS

-

-

160

152

-

-

197

151

-

191

187

Matt Joyce

TB

OF

-

150

-

192

-

164

194

163

199

192

175

Carlos Quentin

SD

OF

194

-

-

126

-

-

-

166

183

193

197

Justin Masterson

CLE

SP

-

158

159

153

-

-

200

-

-

194

NR

Brandon McCarthy

OAK

SP

170

200

179

188

-

147

-

-

189

195

NR

Josh Willingham

MIN

OF

-

-

184

-

183

167

190

158

-

196

171

J.P. Arencibia

TOR

C

-

125

-

-

178

-

-

199

181

197

NR

Huston Street

COL

RP

-

-

176

-

157

186

167

-

-

198

204

Chris Sale

CHW

SP

183

-

177

-

-

143

199

-

187

199

211

Yunel Escobar

TOR

SS

192

183

200

161

-

-

-

153

-

200

161

Russell Martin

NYY

C

-

116

-

-

-

-

-

-

171

Next 25: Kyle Farnsworth (TB, RP), Brandon League (SEA, RP), Edwin Encarnacion (TOR, 3B), Peter Bourjos (LAA, OF), Jhoulys Chacin (COL, SP), Colby Lewis (TEX, SP), Lucas Duda (NYM, 1B/OF), Scott Baker (MIN, SP), Mark Trumbo (LAA, 1B/OF), Brandon Belt (SF, 1B/OF), Vance Worley (PHI, SP), Clay Buchholz (BOS, SP), Wilson Ramos (WAS, C), Marco Scutaro (COL, SS), Seth Smith (OAK, OF), Colby Rasmus (TOR, OF), Alex Rios (CHW, OF), Carlos Pena (TB, 1B), Matt Thornton (CHW, RP), Chase Headley (SD, 3B), Kenley Jansen (LAD, RP), Yoenis Cespedes (OAK, OF), Yonder Alonso (SD, OF), Derek Holland (TEX, SP), Geovany Soto (CHC, C)

— by Mark Ross, Updated on March 20, 2012

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