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Fantasy baseball rankings summit

2/11/2011

Fans often talk about how fantasy writers have the greatest job in the world, because all they do is sit around and look up stats and spout off their opinions. Most of the time, we take issue with that and emphasize how much hard work goes into everything.

Not this time.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, and Thursday, Jan. 20, the ESPN Fantasy team held its annual fantasy baseball rankings summit. For two days, we gathered to debate the merits and warts of hundreds of players, lob insults at each other and generally have a good ol' time. At the end of it, we come out of the room with the framework of our rankings and projections.

This year, for the first time, we offered you, the fan, a glimpse into our process. In the application below, you had the opportunity to make your voice heard, get a taste of the debates going on in the room and get a sneak preview of some of the final rankings.

Note: All rankings are based on standard 5x5 scoring (AVG, HR, RBI, Runs, SB for hitters; Wins, Saves, Strikeouts, ERA and WHIP for pitchers), and all players are ranked based on where they are eligible on draft day in 2011. For instance, Kevin Youkilis is eligible only at first base in ESPN leagues and therefore is not ranked at third base. He will gain 3B eligibility after playing 10 games there this season.

Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Catcher Top 10
1. Joe Mauer, Twins
2. Victor Martinez, Tigers
3. Brian McCann, Braves
4. Buster Posey, Giants
5. Carlos Santana, Indians
6. Geovany Soto, Cubs

7. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
8. Mike Napoli, Angels
9. Matt Wieters, Orioles
10. Kurt Suzuki, A's

First Base Top 10
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Joey Votto, Reds
4. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
5. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
6. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
7. Prince Fielder, Brewers
8. Ryan Howard, Phillies
9. Adam Dunn, White Sox
10. Buster Posey, Giants

Designated Hitter Top 10
1. Adam Lind, Blue Jays
2. David Ortiz, Red Sox
3. Vladimir Guerrero, FA
4. Luke Scott, Orioles
5. Jim Thome, Twins
6. Hideki Matsui, A's
7. Dan Johnson, Rays
8. Jack Cust, Mariners
9. Travis Hafner, Indians
10. Juan Miranda, Diamondbacks (UT-only to start the season)

Third Base Top 10
1. Evan Longoria, Rays
2. David Wright, Mets
3. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
4. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
5. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
6. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
7. Michael Young, Rangers
8. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
9. Martin Prado, Braves
10. Casey McGehee, Brewers

Second Base Top 10
1. Robinson Cano, Yankees
2. Chase Utley, Phillies
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
4. Dan Uggla, Braves
5. Ian Kinsler, Rangers
6. Brandon Phillips, Reds
7. Rickie Weeks, Brewers
8. Martin Prado, Braves
9. Ben Zobrist, Rays
10. Kelly Johnson, Diamondbacks

Shortstop Top 10
1. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3. Jose Reyes, Mets
4. Derek Jeter, Yankees
5. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
6. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
7. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
8. Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks
9. Ian Desmond, Nationals
10. Rafael Furcal, Dodgers

Outfielder Top 20
1. Carl Crawford, Red Sox
2. Ryan Braun, Brewers
3. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
5. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
6. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
7. Nelson Cruz, Rangers
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
9. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
10. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
11. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
12. Jayson Werth, Nationals
13. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
14. Jason Heyward, Braves
15. Alex Rios, White Sox
16. Hunter Pence, Astros
17. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
18. Andre Ethier, Dodgers
19. B.J. Upton, Rays
20. Mike Stanton, Marlins

Starting Pitcher Top 20
1. Roy Halladay, Phillies
2. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
3. Tim Lincecum, Giants
4. Cliff Lee, Phillies
5. Jon Lester, Red Sox
6. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
7. CC Sabathia, Yankees
8. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
9. Zack Greinke, Brewers
10. Tommy Hanson, Braves
11. Justin Verlander, Tigers
12. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
13. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies
14. Dan Haren, Angels
15. Mat Latos, Padres
16. Jered Weaver, Angels
17. Cole Hamels, Phillies
18. Josh Johnson, Marlins
19. Matt Cain, Giants
20. Roy Oswalt, Phillies
21. David Price, Rays
22. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
23. Francisco Liriano, Twins
24. Max Scherzer, Tigers
25. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros

Relief Pitcher Top 10
1. Brian Wilson, Giants
2. Heath Bell, Padres
3. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
4. Joakim Soria, Royals
5. Neftali Feliz, Rangers
6. Carlos Marmol, Cubs

7. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
8. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
9. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers
10. J.J. Putz, Diamondbacks