RankingsApril 30, 2009

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Cafe Positional Rankings: Week 4

By AquaMan2342

Enjoy this week’s rankings and as always, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, don’t hesitate to post in the forums.

Note: Our rankings do not include any player that is currently on the DL (as of April 27) and are also geared towards the long term.


1. Victor Martinez – Would have been #1 even if McCann hadn’t been DLed
2. Russell Martin
3. Geovany Soto – Better start producing soon or will drop
4. Bengie Molina
5. Jorge Posada
6. Chris Iannetta
7. Pablo Sandoval
8. Brandon Inge
9. Mike Napoli
10. Yadier Molina – Name that Molina: Yadier making a name for himself
11. John Baker
12. Kelly Shoppach
13. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
14. Gerald Laird – Will see full-time ABs with Treanor on the DL
15. Jesus Flores

First Basemen

1. Albert Pujols
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Ryan Howard
4. Mark Teixeira – Just a typical April for Teixeira
5. Lance Berkman – Complete opposite of last year’s first half; Berkman is an odd duck
6. Prince Fielder
7. Justin Morneau
8. Kevin Youkilis
9. Adrian Gonzalez – He’d be a top-3 1B on any other team in baseball
10. Joey Votto
11. Carlos Pena – Has more RBIs than hits.
12. Adam Dunn
13. Jorge Cantu
14. Carlos Delgado
15. Paul Konerko

Second Basemen

1. Ian Kinsler – King Kinsler for one more week but Chase is hot on his heels
2. Chase Utley
3. Dustin Pedroia – Aqua’s least favorite player has 1 HR and a 50% success rate stealing bases so far.
4. Brandon Phillips – Prior two seasons only thing keeping him in top 5
5. Brian Roberts
6. Robinson Cano – Rod Carew comparisons seem apt when he’s hitting the ball the way he is right now
7. Dan Uggla
8. Alexei Ramirez
9. Rickie Weeks – Won’t say anything for fear of jinxing his production
10. Chone Figgins
11. Kelly Johnson
12. Aaron Hill
13. Jose Lopez
14. Orlando Hudson – Allowed to watch Golden Girls (RIP Bea Arthur) at Jim Rome’s crib; can it get any better for the O-Dog?
15. Howie Kendrick

Third Basemen

1. Miguel Cabrera
2. David Wright – Not hitting for power, striking out 33% of the time, might (gasp) be temporarily losing grip on the two spot
3. Evan Longoria
4. Kevin Youkilis – Seems to be producing on a daily basis
5. Aramis Ramirez
6. Chipper Jones
7. Jorge Cantu – Smoking hot right now
8. Aubrey Huff
9. Chone Figgins
10. Chris Davis – Taking over/under wagers on when bigwords will post about Davis again
11. Garrett Atkins
12. Ryan Zimmerman
13. Mark Reynolds
14. Adrian Beltre – Getting hotter: Tru dat
15. Mike Lowell – RBI machine when healthy; needs Just For Men


1. Hanley Ramirez – Only an amputated wrist would take him from the top spot
2. Jose Reyes
3. Jimmy Rollins – Jimmy better man up and hit .400 in May like he says he will
4. Michael Young – Has already hit half as many home runs as last season
5. Derek Jeter
6. Rafael Furcal
7. Troy Tulowitzki – May start to lose at bats if slump continues
8. Alexei Ramirez
9. Jhonny Peralta
10. J.J. Hardy – Streakier than dirty drawers, but you knew this
11. Miguel Tejada – Still chugging along with a .320+ AVG
12. Mike Aviles – Looking like a bust so far
13. Jason Bartlett
14. Felipe Lopez
15. Yunel Escobar – Very meh player


1. Grady Sizemore
2. Ryan Braun
3. Carlos Beltran
4. Alfonso Soriano – It’s a shame he doesn’t hit third in the Cubs lineup
5. Carlos Quentin
6. Josh Hamilton – Bruised ribs + decreased power drops Hamilton out of top 5
7. Carlos Lee
8. Manny Ramirez
9. Nick Markakis – Aqua’s second favorite player has a 15-game hit streak and is becoming an OBP monster
10. Matt Kemp – Aqua’s favorite player has been an absolute beast and is still learning how to hit; dynasty gold
11. B.J. Upton – Patience
12. Matt Holliday – Has done nothing this year; might actually be a solid buy-low as he’s too talented to not produce at all
13. Jason Bay
14. Carl Crawford – Starting to find his swing.
15. Curtis Granderson
16. Alex Rios
17. Ryan Ludwick – Hitting behind Albert = best lineup spot in baseball
18. Ichiro Suzuki
19. Jacoby Ellsbury – Stole home off of Andrew Pettitte, an electrifying play by an electrifying player
20. Corey Hart
21. Nate McLouth
22. Shane Victorino
23. Adam Dunn
24. Bobby Abreu
25. Nelson Cruz
26. Magglio Ordonez – First XBH finally came with a homer last week
27. Hunter Pence
28. Andre Ethier
29. Torii Hunter – Hitting home runs every other day this week
30. Jay Bruce – Starting to heat up
31. Jermaine Dye
32. Johnny Damon
33. Vernon Wells
34. Raul Ibanez
35. Adam Jones – Hasn’t slowed down a bit; the Bedard trade looks better every day
36. Jayson Werth
37. Brad Hawpe
38. Chris B. Young – Dangerously close to dropping out of these rankings
39. Adam Lind
40. Jason Kubel – Improved numbers against lefties gives him real value in any league

Starting Pitchers

1. Johan Santana
2. Tim Lincecum
3. CC Sabathia
4. Roy Halladay
5. Dan Haren – Thanks Dan, you’re making it easier to sell high at the ASB every season.
6. Jake Peavy
7. Chad Billingsley – It might be years before Bills leaves the top 10 of this list
8. Josh Beckett
9. Zack Greinke – Number one pitcher in baseball so far; enough said
10. Cole Hamels – 2008 league leader in pitches thrown not looking good in 2009; can’t even field without hurting himself
11. James Shields
12. Roy Oswalt
13. Scott Kazmir
14. Felix Hernandez – He and Grienke look to be the early AL Cy front-runners
15. Javier Vazquez
16. Yovani Gallardo
17. Jon Lester
18. A.J. Burnett
19. John Danks
20. Ricky Nolasco – Needs to find his groove
21. Erik Bedard
22. Matt Cain
23. Francisco Liriano – Gammons claims he’s close to being dominant again
24. Cliff Lee – Last several outings have been spectacular
25. Rich Harden
26. Adam Wainwright
27. Josh Johnson – Outduels Santana again; 27 might be his low spot this year provided he stays healthy
28. Joba Chamberlain – About to free-fall down this list; doesn’t look like the same player as he did last year
29. Edinson Volquez
30. Derek Lowe – K numbers so far have been a bonus; great value for where he was being drafted this year
31. Matt Garza – Needs to be more consistent.
32. Kevin Slowey
33. Aaron Harang
34. Justin Verlander – Looked like a top-10 SP against the Yanks the other night; keep an eye on his progression
35. Ted Lilly
36. Ryan Dempster – I hate his glove flick wind-up thingy
37. Johnny Cueto
38. Carlos Zambrano
39. Gil Meche
40. Chris Young
41. Clayton Kershaw – 15 earned runs last two outings, but we’re sticking with him
42. Jered Weaver – Great glue guy in your fantasy rotation
43. Max Scherzer
44. Brett Myers
45. Paul Maholm – Aqua’s fourth favorite player is a ground-ball machine
46. Wandy Rodriguez – Each solid road start has us thinking Way-Rod will move up this list
47. Scott Baker
48. Zach Duke
49. Edwin Jackson – Detroit will take him over Matt Joyce any day
50. Jair Jurrjens – Detroit will take him over Edgar Renteria any day


1. Jonathan Papelbon – Is an injury on the horizon? Lots of rumors floating; pick up Saito as insurance
2. Joe Nathan
3. Joakim Soria
4. Francisco Rodriguez
5. Mariano Rivera
6. Brad Lidge
7. Jonathan Broxton – ERA < 1 and on pace for 50+ saves and 100+ strikeouts
8. Brian Fuentes
9. Heath Bell
10. Francisco Cordero
11. Kerry Wood
12. Jose Valverde
13. Matt Capps
14. Bobby Jenks
15. Frank Francisco
16. Mike Gonzalez
17. Brandon Morrow – Morrow, Gonzalez and Francisco are all K machines and great second closers on your roster
18. Brian Wilson
19. Chad Qualls
20. Matt Lindstrom – Didn’t think seven earned runs in 2/3 of inning was possible
21. Fernando Rodney
22. Kevin Gregg
23. Carlos Marmol
24. Joel Hanrahan
25. Manuel Corpas
26. Trevor Hoffman – Finally healthy
27. Brad Ziegler
28. George Sherrill
29. Troy Percival
30. Ryan Franklin – The Cards’ flavor of the week is a little salty

Steven Lorenz and Bryan Freilich are two of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Steven and Bryan in the Cafe's forums where they post under the names AquaMan2342 and rookies and cream respectively.
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