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By R.J. White

In recent months, both football and basketball have been held hostage by labor negotiations that delayed the preparation of their respective fantasy sports. Luckily, baseball has no such problem. So as the new year dawns, I’m here to provide my 2012 fantasy baseball rankings.

STOP!

I know you’re anxious to skip the rest of this introduction and delve into the rankings, but I have to explain something first. These are my player valuations only, and they shouldn’t be taken as a cheat sheet for your draft verbatim. In fact, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you did that.

What you should do is compare this list with the ADP/Rankings of the site on which your league is hosted. Do I have a particular player ranked much higher than on those lists? That means I see plenty of value in selecting that player a round or two ahead of where common sense would dictate. Do I have a certain player ranked far lower than his draft stock would indicate? That means I consider that player a “stay-away.” Let someone else have him at his current price.

I’ve also broken each position into tiers to help you with your draft preparation. If there are five players in the highest tier at the same position available during your draft or auction, but only one player left of another highest tier, you should consider drafting the one player if he fits a positional need. Chances are you can scoop up the readily-available position in a successive round.

Even with those caveats in place, I admit that these rankings aren’t perfect (who’s are?). I’ll be tinkering with them throughout the next few months, and I’ll provide updates when important changes are made. Until then, have at it! I welcome your comments below.

RkFirst BasemenTm
Tier 1
1Cabrera,MiguelDET
2Pujols,AlbertLAA
3Votto,JoeyCIN
4Gonzalez,AdrianBOS
5Fielder,PrinceDET
6Teixeira,MarkNYY
Tier 2
7Konerko,PaulCHW
8Morse,MichaelWAS
9Berkman,LanceSTL
10Ortiz,DavidBOS
11Napoli,MikeTEX
12Howard,RyanPHI
Tier 3
13Hosmer,EricKC
14Butler,BillyKC
15Santana,CarlosCLE
16Davis,IkeNYM
17Reynolds,MarkBAL
18Pena,CarlosTB
19Young,MichaelTEX
20Freeman,FreddieATL
21Kendrick,HowardLAA
22Cuddyer,MichaelCOL
23Duda,LucasNYM
24Lind,AdamTOR
25Morneau,JustinMIN
Tier 4
26Goldschmidt,PaulARI
27Dunn,AdamCHW
28Lee,CarlosHOU
29Trumbo,MarkLAA
30Alonso,YonderSD
31Murphy,DanielNYM
32Morales,KendrysLAA
33Helton,ToddCOL
34Lee,DerrekFA
35Moreland,MitchellTEX
36Sanchez,GabyMIA
Tier 5
37Carp,MikeSEA
38Rizzo,AnthonyCHC
39Davis,ChrisBAL
40Jones,GarrettPIT
41Loney,JamesLAD
42Gamel,MatMIL
43Belt,BrandonSF
44Hafner,TravisCLE
45Guzman,JesusSD
46Kotchman,CaseyFA
47Smoak,JustinSEA
48LaPorta,MattCLE
49LaHair,BryanCHC
50LaRoche,Adam A.WAS

RkSecond BasemenTm
Tier 1
1Cano,RobinsonNYY
2Pedroia,DustinBOS
3Kinsler,IanTEX
4Zobrist,BenTB
Tier 2
5Kendrick,HowardLAA
6Utley,ChasePHI
7Phillips,BrandonCIN
8Cuddyer,MichaelCOL
9Uggla,DanATL
Tier 3
10Weeks,RickieMIL
11Ackley,DustinSEA
12Espinosa,DannyWAS
13Weeks,JemileOAK
14Kipnis,JasonCLE
Tier 4
15Casilla,AlexiMIN
16Murphy,DanielNYM
17Walker,NeilPIT
18Beckham,GordonCHW
19Johnson,KellyTOR
20Roberts,RyanARI
21Infante,OmarMIA
22Hill,AaronARI
Tier 5
23Sizemore,ScottOAK
24Raburn,RyanDET
25Altuve,JoseHOU
26Giavotella,JohnnyKC
27Rodriguez,SeanTB
28Izturis,MaicerLAA
29Ellis,MarkLAD
30Tejada,RubenNYM
31Nunez,EduardoNYY
32Barney,DarwinCHC
33Barmes,ClintPIT
34Roberts,BrianBAL
35Carroll,JameyMIN
Tier 6
36Andino,RobertBAL
37Hairston,JerryLAD
38Hudson,OrlandoSD
39Descalso,DanielSTL
40Herrera,JonathanCOL
41Turner,JustinNYM
42Keppinger,JeffFA
43Getz,ChristopherKC
44Plouffe,TrevorMIN
45Schumaker,SkipSTL
46Sanchez,FreddySF
47Uribe,JuanLAD
48Pill,BrettSF
49Aviles,MikeBOS
50Downs,MattHOU

RkThird BasemenTm
Tier 1
1Bautista,JoseTOR
2Longoria,EvanTB
3Beltre,AdrianTEX
Tier 2
4Sandoval,PabloSF
5Wright,DavidNYM
6Youkilis,KevinBOS
7Zimmerman,RyanWAS
8Rodriguez,AlexNYY
9Lawrie,BrettTOR
10Ramirez,AramisMIL
11Young,MichaelTEX
12Reynolds,MarkBAL
Tier 3
13Freese,DavidSTL
14Encarnacion,EdwinTOR
15Headley,ChaseSD
16Prado,MartinATL
17Chisenhall,LonnieCLE
18Murphy,DanielNYM
19Jones,ChipperATL
20Roberts,RyanARI
Tier 4
21Moustakas,MikeKC
22Bonifacio,EmilioMIA
23McGehee,CaseyPIT
24Gamel,MatMIL
25Callaspo,AlbertoLAA
26Sizemore,ScottOAK
27Morel,BrentCHW
28Rolen,ScottCIN
29Davis,ChrisBAL
30Valencia,DannyMIN
Tier 5
31Blake,CaseyCOL
32Polanco,PlacidoPHI
33Paredes,JimmyHOU
34Betemit,WilsonFA
35Izturis,MaicerLAA
36Guzman,JesusSD
37Lowrie,JedHOU
38Hairston,JerryLAD
39Rodriguez,SeanTB
Tier 6
40Alvarez,PedroPIT
41Nunez,EduardoNYY
42Wigginton,TyPHI
43Turner,JustinNYM
44Uribe,JuanLAD
45Figgins,ChoneSEA
46Downs,MattHOU
47Liddi,AlexSEA
48Dobbs,GregFA
49Seager,KyleSEA
50Bell,JoshBAL

RkShortstopsTm
Tier 1
1Tulowitzki,TroyCOL
2Reyes,JoseMIA
3Ramirez,HanleyMIA
Tier 2
4Castro,StarlinCHC
5Andrus,ElvisTEX
6Rollins,JimmyPHI
7Hardy,J.J.BAL
8Ramirez,AlexeiCHW
9Cabrera,AsdrubalCLE
Tier 3
10Jeter,DerekNYY
11Peralta,JhonnyDET
12Aybar,ErickLAA
13Gordon,DeeLAD
Tier 4
14Desmond,IanWAS
15Bonifacio,EmilioMIA
16Drew,StephenARI
17Cozart,ZackCIN
18Casilla,AlexiMIN
19Escobar,YunelTOR
20Escobar,AlcidesKC
21Scutaro,MarcoBOS
Tier 5
22Pennington,CliffOAK
23Furcal,RafaelSTL
24Gonzalez,AlexMIL
25Rodriguez,SeanTB
26Izturis,MaicerLAA
27Lowrie,JedHOU
28Pastornicky,TylerATL
Tier 6
29Tejada,RubenNYM
30Bartlett,JasonSD
31Nunez,EduardoNYY
32Barmes,ClintPIT
33Carroll,JameyMIN
34Andino,RobertBAL
35Bloomquist,WillieARI
36Brignac,ReidTB
Tier 7
37Herrera,JonathanCOL
38Plouffe,TrevorMIN
39Betancourt,YunieskyKC
40Ryan,BrendanSEA
41Santiago,RamonDET
42Nishioka,TsuyoshiMIN
43Renteria,EdgarFA
44Cabrera,OrlandoSF
45Cedeno,RonnyNYM
46Sanchez,AngelHOU
47Janish,PaulCIN
48Crawford,BrandonSF
49Donald,JasonCLE
50Sellers,JustinLAD

RkCatchersTm
Tier 1
1Napoli,MikeTEX
2Martinez,VictorDET
3Santana,CarlosCLE
4McCann,BrianATL
Tier 2
5Wieters,MattBAL
6Montero,MiguelARI
7Posey,BusterSF
8Avila,AlexDET
9Mauer,JoeMIN
Tier 3
10Montero,JesusSEA
11Molina,YadierSTL
12Arencibia,J.P.TOR
13Soto,GeovanyCHC
14Martin,RussellNYY
15Doumit,RyanMIN
16Hernandez,RamonCOL
17Iannetta,ChrisLAA
18Ramos,WilsonWAS
19Mesoraco,DevinCIN
Tier 4
20Saltalamacchia,JarrodBOS
21Olivo,MiguelSEA
22Ruiz,CarlosPHI
23Lucroy,JonathanMIL
24Ellis,A.J.LAD
25Suzuki,KurtOAK
26Hundley,NickSD
27Perez,SalvadorKC
28Buck,JohnMIA
29Thole,JoshNYM
Tier 6
30Pierzynski,A.J.CHW
31Molina,JoseTB
32Barajas,RodPIT
33Flowers,TylerCHW
34Hanigan,RyanCIN
35Rosario,WilinCOL
36Torrealba,YorvitTEX
37Jaso,JohnSEA
38d’Arnaud,TravisTOR
39Lavarnway,RyanBOS
Tier 7
40Conger,HankLAA
41Quintero,HumbertoHOU
42Grandal,YasmaniSD
43Ross,DavidATL
44Treanor,MattLAD
45Kottaras,GeorgeMIL
46Mathis,JeffTOR
47Shoppach,KellyBOS
48Flores,JesusWAS
49Paulino,RonnyFA
50Marson,LouCLE

RkOutfieldersTm
Tier 1
1Kemp,MattLAD
2Bautista,JoseTOR
Tier 2
3Gonzalez,CarlosCOL
4Holliday,MattSTL
5Ellsbury,JacobyBOS
6Upton,JustinARI
7Hamilton,JoshTEX
8Granderson,CurtisNYY
9Stanton,MikeMIA
10McCutchen,AndrewPIT
Tier 3
11Braun,RyanMIL
12Pence,HunterPHI
13Hart,CoreyMIL
14Morse,MichaelWAS
15Berkman,LanceSTL
16Upton,B.J.TB
17Cruz,NelsonTEX
18Victorino,ShanePHI
19Bruce,JayCIN
20Gordon,AlexKC
21Jones,AdamBAL
Tier 4
22Bourn,MichaelATL
23Ethier,AndreLAD
24Crawford,CarlBOS
25Beltran,CarlosSTL
26Gardner,BrettNYY
27Werth,JaysonWAS
28Jennings,DesmondTB
Tier 5
29Choo,Shin SooCLE
30Young,ChrisARI
31Zobrist,BenTB
32Heyward,JasonATL
33Swisher,NickNYY
34Maybin,CameronSD
35Stubbs,DrewCIN
36Bourjos,PeterLAA
Tier 6
37Willingham,JoshMIN
38Boesch,BrennanDET
39Francoeur,JeffKC
40Kubel,JasonARI
41Kendrick,HowardLAA
42Cuddyer,MichaelCOL
43Joyce,MattTB
44Fowler,DexterCOL
45Cabrera,MelkySF
46Cain,LorenzoKC
47Suzuki,IchiroSEA
48Hunter,ToriiLAA
49Crisp,CocoOAK
Tier 7
50Mayberry,JohnPHI
51Rasmus,ColbyTOR
52Heisey,ChrisCIN
53Duda,LucasNYM
54Markakis,NickBAL
55Lee,CarlosHOU
56Quentin,CarlosSD
57Morrison,LoganMIA
58Lind,AdamTOR
59Trout,MikeLAA
60Rios,AlexCHW
61Moreland,MitchellTEX
62Wells,VernonLAA
63Smith,SethOAK
64Bonifacio,EmilioMIA
65Young,DelmonDET
66Carp,MikeSEA
67Bay,JasonNYM
68Jackson,AustinDET
69Jay,JonSTL
70Tabata,JosePIT
Tier 8
71Gentry,CraigTEX
72Morgan,NyjerMIL
73Reddick,JoshOAK
74Harper,BryceWAS
75Bourgeois,JasonHOU
76Craig,AllenSTL
77Soriano,AlfonsoCHC
Tier 9
78Damon,JohnnyFA
79Lillibridge,BrentCHW
80Thames,EricTOR
81Sizemore,GradyCLE
82Scott,LukeTB
83Pagan,AngelSF
84Prado,MartinATL
85Presley,AlexPIT
86Abreu,BobbyLAA
87Reimold,NolanBAL
88Sweeney,RyanBOS
Tier 10
89Chavez,EndyBAL
90Revere,BenMIN
91Jackson,BrettCHC
92Span,DenardMIN
93Byrd,MarlonCHC
94Venable,WillSD
95DeJesus,DavidCHC
96Cowgill,CollinOAK
97Campana,TonyCHC
98Jones,GarrettPIT
99Young,EricCOL
100Belt,BrandonSF

RkStarting PitchersTm
Tier 1
1Kershaw,ClaytonLAD
2Verlander,JustinDET
3Halladay,RoyPHI
4Lee,CliffPHI
5Hernandez,FelixSEA
6Lincecum,TimSF
Tier 2
7Greinke,ZackMIL
8Hamels,ColePHI
9Price,DavidTB
10Sabathia,CCNYY
11Gallardo,YovaniMIL
12Shields,JamesTB
13Weaver,JeredLAA
14Haren,DanLAA
Tier 3
15Wilson,C.J.LAA
16Cain,MattSF
17Lester,JonBOS
18Latos,MatCIN
19Beachy,BrandonATL
20Beckett,JoshBOS
21Johnson,JoshMIA
22Bumgarner,MadisonSF
23Kennedy,IanARI
24Wainwright,AdamSTL
25Pineda,MichaelNYY
Tier 4
26Garza,MattCHC
27Strasburg,StephenWAS
28Morrow,BrandonTOR
29Hudson,DanielARI
30Moore,MattTB
31Hanson,TommyATL
32Sanchez,AnibalMIA
Tier 5
33Luebke,CorySD
34Gonzalez,GioWAS
35Scherzer,MaxDET
36Marcum,ShaunMIL
37Zimmermann,JordanWAS
38Ogando,AlexiTEX
39Cueto,JohnnyCIN
40Lewis,ColbyTEX
Tier 6
41Jimenez,UbaldoCLE
42Baker,ScottMIN
43Darvish,YuTEX
44Rodriguez,WandyHOU
45Carpenter,ChrisSTL
46Garcia,JaimeSTL
47Romero,RickyTOR
48Hudson,TimATL
49Hellickson,JeremyTB
50Chapman,AroldisCIN
51McCarthy,BrandonOAK
Tier 7
52Santana,ErvinLAA
53Holland,DerekTEX
54Danks,JohnCHW
55Floyd,GavinCHW
56Feliz,NeftaliTEX
57Kuroda,HirokiNYY
58Norris,BudHOU
59Bailey,HomerCIN
60Dempster,RyanCHC
61Buchholz,ClayBOS
62Lilly,TedLAD
63Minor,MikeATL
64Fister,DougDET
65Peavy,JakeCHW
66Sale,ChrisCHW
67Volquez,EdinsonSD
Tier 8
68Billingsley,ChadLAD
69Vazquez,JavierFA
70Masterson,JustinCLE
71Niese,JonathonNYM
72Leake,MikeCIN
73Myers,BrettHOU
74Capuano,ChrisLAD
75Vogelsong,RyanSF
76Nolasco,RickyMIA
77Bard,DanielBOS
78Blanton,JoePHI
79Sanchez,JonathanKC
80Nicasio,JuanCOL
81Niemann,JeffTB
Tier 9
82Worley,VancePHI
83Humber,PhilipCHW
84Colon,BartoloOAK
85Paulino,FelipeKC
86Oswalt,RoyFA
87Burnett,A.J.NYY
88Turner,JacobDET
89Chacin,JhoulysCOL
90Liriano,FranciscoMIN
91Jurrjens,JairATL
92Crow,AaronKC
93Bedard,ErikPIT
94Santana,JohanNYM
95Buehrle,MarkMIA
96Braden,DallasOAK
97Jackson,EdwinWAS
98Stauffer,TimSD
99Anderson,BrettOAK
100Iwakuma,HisashiSEA
Tier 10
101McDonald,JamesPIT
102Dickey,R.A.NYM
103Hughes,PhilNYY
104Wolf,RandyMIL
105Milone,TommyOAK
106Cahill,TrevorARI
107Lowe,DerekCLE
108Narveson,ChrisMIL
109Zambrano,CarlosMIA
110Vargas,JasonSEA
111Collmenter,JoshARI
112Alvarez,HendersonTOR
113Parker,JarrodOAK
114Estrada,MarcoMIL
Tier 11
115Harrison,MattTEX
116Harang,AaronLAD
117Teheran,JulioATL
118Harden,RichFA
119Nova,IvanNYY
120Tomlin,JoshCLE
121Porcello,RickDET
122Delgado,RandallATL
123Lohse,KyleSTL
124De La Rosa,JorgeCOL
125Karstens,JeffPIT

RkRelief PitchersTm
Tier 1
1Kimbrel,CraigATL
2Rivera,MarianoNYY
3Papelbon,JonathanPHI
4Axford,JohnMIL
5Storen,DrewWAS
Tier 2
6Santos,SergioTOR
7Putz,J.J.ARI
8Bell,HeathMIA
9Madson,RyanCIN
10Hanrahan,JoelPIT
11Bailey,AndrewBOS
Tier 3
12Betancourt,RafaelCOL
13Soria,JoakimKC
14Motte,JasonSTL
15Street,HustonSD
16Jansen,KenleyLAD
17Valverde,JoseDET
18Wilson,BrianSF
19Walden,JordanLAA
20Marmol,CarlosCHC
21Nathan,JoeTEX
22Venters,JonnyATL
23Farnsworth,KyleTB
24League,BrandonSEA
Tier 4
25Rodriguez,FranciscoMIL
26Romo,SergioSF
27Francisco,FrankNYM
28Thornton,MattCHW
29Adams,MikeTEX
30Balfour,GrantOAK
31Johnson,Jim R.BAL
32De Los Santos,FautinoOAK
33Perkins,GlenMIN
34Guerra,JavyLAD
35Marshall,SeanCIN
36Uehara,KojiTEX
37Clippard,TylerWAS
38Perez,ChrisCLE
39Capps,Matt D.MIN
Tier 5
40Pestano,VinnieCLE
41Crain,JesseCHW
42Salas,FernandoSTL
43Peralta,JoelTB
44Lyon,BrandonHOU
45Benoit,JoaquinDET
46Melancon,MarkBOS
47Hernandez,DavidARI
48Wood,KerryCHC
49Devine,Joey N.OAK
Tier 6
50Dotel,OctavioDET
51Cordero,FranciscoTOR
52Bastardo,AntonioPHI
53Robertson,DavidNYY
54Aardsma,DavidFA
55Mujica,EdwardMIA
56Broxton,JonathanKC
57Cashner,AndrewSD
58Strop,PedroBAL
59Sanchez,EduardoSTL
60Lopez,WiltonHOU
61Affeldt,JeremySF
Tier 7
62Lidge,BradPHI
63Brothers,RexCOL
64Holland,GregKC
65Carpenter,DavidHOU
66O’Flaherty,EricATL
67Sipp,TonyCLE
68Frieri,ErnestoSD
69Parnell,BobbyNYM
70Medlen,KrisATL
71Rzepczynski,MarcSTL
72Janssen,CaseyTOR
73Veras,JoseMIL
74Vizcaino,ArodysATL
75Cishek,SteveMIA

 
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11 Responses to “2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings”

  1. fast dogs says:

    Hosmer 13?

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  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    @fast dogs: Too high or too low?

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  3. User avatar MashinSpuds says:

    I feel that David Wright is still floating on name value. I would probably consider Youk and Zimmerman over him in a draft given the former’s team and the latter’s consistency. Wright hasn’t turned in a great season in years.

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  4. User avatar MashinSpuds says:

    But hey, nice start to the rankings … appreciate the effort.

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  5. User avatar daullaz says:

    @MashinSpuds: I like that the fences are coming in at CitiField. That should help Wright get closer to his 2010 numbers. He’s still young enough to bounce back.

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  6. You said these are broken into tiers? Maybe I’m being dense but I don’t see that.

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  7. User avatar daullaz says:

    @lane_anasazi2: Oops! Forgot to insert the tier breaks into the tables. I’ll do that now. Nice catch.

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  8. User avatar superjags99 says:

    I love the pick of Jansen over Guerra, crossing my fingers it turns out that way. How do you like Pomeranz compared to some of the lower starters you listed?

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  9. User avatar daullaz says:

    @superjags99: Home park for Pomeranz is a downer, and I feel he’s not really a fantasy option this year. I don’t see him playing till September, if that.

    Also as a note, I’m adding Iwakuma into my SP rankings at #100. I like the home park, and he could deliver numbers similar to Tim Stauffer, whom I have ranked No. 98, in my eyes.

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  10. User avatar daullaz says:

    All player movement is now updated through the Kuroda signing and Montero/Pineda swap. I’ve also tweaked the rankings based on player movement as well as the current Cafe mock forcing me to re-think several close calls through its first 14 rounds.

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  11. prguy1979 says:

    Im surpised that you have Asdrubal Cabrera ranked so low. I know many think his power is a fluke and all but he should still be higher than Ramirez and JJ Hardy at the very least.

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