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Cafe Positional Rankings: Week 2

By AquaMan2342

The 2009 fantasy baseball season is now in full force and some fresh faces are making names for themselves. Undrafted players like Adam Lind and Brandon Inge have become the flavors of the week, and owners are looking to determine what the right combination is to continuing early successes or to turning around an opening week beat-down. Lucky for readers, that’s the purpose of these rankings as AquaMan and Cream will have an up-to-date rankings column every Thursday.

The big movers follow, with the number of spots they moved listed in parenthesis. If a player isn’t or wasn’t in the rankings, he was given the first unlisted spot (i.e., 16 for infielders).

Up

Victor Martinez, C/1B (+2/0). Those who have owned V-Mart in the past probably saw this coming. He’s one of the best pure hitters in baseball when healthy and his injury problems from last season were not chronic or debilitating. I’d be surprised if he left the top three of our rankings for the rest of the season. Your window to acquire him at a decent price has probably gone, but he might be a savvy throw-in to a bigger blockbuster deal.

Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B (0/+1). Mark my words: Cabrera will end this season as the top player in fantasy baseball. Feel free to disagree with me, but combining his torrid finish last season with a hot opening two weeks has me believing Miggy is ready to claim his place as baseball’s best hitter. You can tell he’s already locked in at the plate. Opposing pitchers are attempting to pitch around him but his ability to hit with power to all parts of the park is making it difficult. Texas did the smart thing last week and walked him intentionally late in the game despite the fact he was the winning run at the time. I see him as a lock for 40 homers while being a legitimate threat to hit 50. Good luck trading for him.

Nelson Cruz, OF (+6). Cruz is looking like one of those mid-round question marks that makes a lot of owners look smart come playoff time. His batting average has come down to earth, but his pure power along with the tantalizing potential to steal 15+ bases translates into a top second OF. The only downside to Cruz is his career K/BB ratio. Keep an eye on this and if there is a large gap, you might be able to sell high on him, though his potential makes this difficult to do.

Fernando Rodney, RP (+7). Rodney’s early season success was a shock to me until I realized he stopped mixing in his horrible slide-piece. His change-up is among baseball’s most dangerous pitches and new pitching coach Rick Knapp has pushed Rodney to ditch the slider in favor of a simple fastball/change mix. His inability to stay consistent scares me, but one can’t deny how dominant he looked against the Rangers in last weekend’s series. Even though Joel Zumaya is almost ready to return from injury, I think Rodney has a stranglehold on the job. I’d buy into him if somebody is looking to trade saves.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B (+6/+5). Bonifacio started off the season on fire and is now leading MLB in runs. He’s top-three in stolen bases and batting average as well. A drop-off in production is inevitable, but he should still net 100 runs and 30 stolen bases when all is said and done.

Down

Chris Davis, 1B/3B (-2/-3). Proving to be a very streaky player, Davis has started off very poorly and is striking out in an astounding 47 percent of his at bats. He appears to be starting a possible hot streak now though and is likely to see stock rise again.

Alexei Ramirez, 2B/SS (-2/-4). The good news is that Alexei is currently on a three-game hitting streak. The bad news is that Alexei is currently batting .160. The worst news of all is that Alexei is slugging .160, meaning that he has yet to have an extra base hit. Still, the season is young and there is plenty of upside here.

Cliff Lee, SP (-10). Lee is off to an extremely shaky start. It wasn’t until May 24 last year that Lee gave up the amount of earned runs that he has in two starts this season. 15 wins with a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP is starting to look optimistic at this point.

To the rankings!

Aqua and RC’s Week 2 Rankings

Catchers

1. Brian McCann
2. Victor Martinez
3. Russell Martin
4. Geovany Soto
5 Ryan Doumit
6 Chris Iannetta
7. Mike Napoli
8. Bengie Molina
9. Jorge Posada
10. Pablo Sandoval
11. Brandon Inge
12. Ramon Hernandez
13. Kelly Shoppach
14. Dioner Navarro
15. Ivan Rodriguez

First Basemen

1. Albert Pujols
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Ryan Howard
4. Mark Teixeira
5. Lance Berkman
6. Prince Fielder
7. Justin Morneau
8. Kevin Youkilis
9. Adrian Gonzalez
10. Joey Votto
11. Adam Dunn
12. Carlos Delgado
13. Garrett Atkins
14. Chris Davis
15. Derrek Lee

Second Basemen

1. Chase Utley
2. Ian Kinsler
3. Brandon Phillips
4. Dustin Pedroia
5. Dan Uggla
6. Brian Roberts
7. Robinson Cano
8. Alexei Ramirez
9. Kelly Johnson
10. Emilio Bonifacio
11. Rickie Weeks
12. Jose Lopez
13. Howie Kendrick
14. Aaron Hill
15. Mike Aviles

Third Basemen

1. Miguel Cabrera
2. David Wright
3. Evan Longoria
4. Aramis Ramirez
5. Kevin Youkilis
6. Chipper Jones
7. Garrett Atkins
8. Chone Figgins
9. Jorge Cantu
10. Chris Davis
11. Emilio Bonifacio
12. Ryan Zimmerman
13. Aubrey Huff
14. Melvin Mora
15. Mark Reynolds

Shortstops

1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Jose Reyes
3. Jimmy Rollins
4. Troy Tulowitzki
5. Stephen Drew
6. Michael Young
7. Derek Jeter
8. Alexei Ramirez
9. Rafael Furcal
10. Jhonny Peralta
11. J.J. Hardy
12. Yunel Escobar
13. Miguel Tejada
14. Mike Aviles
15. Orlando Cabrera

Outfielders

1. Grady Sizemore
2. Ryan Braun
3. Josh Hamilton
4. Carlos Beltran
5. Alfonso Soriano
6. Matt Holliday
7. Carlos Lee
8. Nick Markakis
9. Manny Ramirez
10. Carlos Quentin
11. Matt Kemp
12. Jason Bay
13. Carl Crawford
14. Alex Rios
15. Curtis Granderson
16. Vladimir Guerrero
17. Jacoby Ellsbury
18. Nate McLouth
19. Corey Hart
20. Adam Dunn
21. Shane Victorino
22. Ryan Ludwick
23. Jermaine Dye
24. Hunter Pence
25. Magglio Ordonez
26. Nelson Cruz
27. Bobby Abreu
28. Vernon Wells
29. Andre Ethier
30. Jay Bruce
31. Raul Ibanez
32. Torii Hunter
33. Adam Jones
34. Johnny Damon
35. Chris B. Young
36. Adam Lind
37. Brad Hawpe
38. Jayson Werth
39. Elijah Dukes
40. Denard Span

Starting Pitchers

1. Johan Santana
2. C.C. Sabathia
3. Tim Lincecum
4. Roy Halladay
5. Jake Peavy
6. Josh Beckett
7. Dan Haren
8. Cole Hamels
9. Chad Billingsley
10. James Shields
11. Felix Hernandez
12. Roy Oswalt
13. Scott Kazmir
14. Zack Grienke
15. Francisco Liriano
16. Rich Harden
17. Jon Lester
18. Yovani Gallardo
19. Matt Cain
20. Daisuke Matsuzaka
21. John Danks
22. A.J. Burnett
23. Ricky Nolasco
24. Adam Wainwright
25. Erik Bedard
26. Javier Vazquez
27. Josh Johnson
28. Cliff Lee
29. Edinson Volquez
30. Joba Chamberlain
31. Carlos Zambrano
32. Justin Verlander
33. Derek Lowe
34. Aaron Harang
35. Ted Lilly
36. Chris Young
37. Matt Garza
38. Kevin Slowey
39. Chris Carpenter
40. Ryan Dempster
41. Gil Meche
42. Paul Maholm
43. Brett Myers
44. Jered Weaver
45. Kyle Lohse
46. Chien-Ming Wang
47. Max Scherzer
48. Johnny Cueto
49. Clayton Kershaw
50. Wandy Rodriguez

Relievers

1. Jonathan Papelbon
2. Joe Nathan
3. Francisco Rodriguez
4. Joakim Soria
5. Mariano Rivera
6. Brad Lidge
7. Jonathan Broxton
8. Brian Fuentes
9. Jose Valverde
10. Kerry Wood
11. Bobby Jenks
12. B.J. Ryan
13. Matt Capps
14. Francisco Cordero
15. Heath Bell
16. Mike Gonzalez
17. Brian Wilson
18. Brandon Morrow
19. Frank Francisco
20. Huston Street
21. Matt Lindstrom
22. Joel Hanrahan
23. Chad Qualls
24. Fernando Rodney
25. Kevin Gregg
26. Carlos Marmol
27. Brad Ziegler
28. Troy Percival
29. George Sherrill
30. Carlos Villanueva

 
Steven Lorenz is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Steven in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of AquaMan2342.
 
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