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2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Spring Update - 11 comments

By R.J. White

The Cafe’s rankings were recently named the most accurate rankings of 2011, so we got the band back together and gave it another go. I asked 2011 holdovers rookies and cream and ironman to again participate, and since every great band needs four members, we brought king of The Spreadsheet himself, J35J, into the fold. Many thanks to all of them for representing the Cafe in such a positive fashion and for putting the Cafe at the forefront of the industry. OK, enough for the blown smoke. Onto our 2012 Cafe Rankings: Spring Update edition.

We’ve put this update into a handy grid format for ease of use. Just cut and paste the entire table into your favorite spreadsheet, and head into your drafts with your heads held high. As always, we welcome your comments at the end of the article. What did we get wrong? With which derivations from the norm are you totally on board?

RkFirst BasemenSecond BasemenThird BasemenShortstopsCatchersOutfieldersStarting PitchersRelief PitchersRk
1Cabrera,MiguelCano,RobinsonCabrera,MiguelTulowitzki,TroyNapoli,MikeKemp,MattKershaw,ClaytonKimbrel,Craig1
2Pujols,AlbertPedroia,DustinBautista,JoseRamirez,HanleySantana,CarlosBraun,RyanHalladay,RoyRivera,Mariano2
3Votto,JoeyKinsler,IanLongoria,EvanReyes,JoseMcCann,BrianBautista,JoseVerlander,JustinPapelbon,Jonathan3
4Gonzalez,AdrianZobrist,BenRamirez,HanleyCastro,StarlinPosey,BusterEllsbury,JacobyLee,CliffAxford,John4
5Fielder,PrinceUggla,DanBeltre,AdrianAndrus,ElvisMauer,JoeGonzalez,CarlosHernandez,FelixStoren,Drew5
6Teixeira,MarkPhillips,BrandonWright,DavidCabrera,AsdrubalWieters,MattUpton,JustinLincecum,TimMadson,Ryan6
7Konerko,PaulYoung,MichaelZimmerman,RyanRollins,JimmyMontero,MiguelGranderson,CurtisSabathia,CCPutz,J.J.7
8Hosmer,EricKendrick,HowardSandoval,PabloHardy,J.J.Avila,AlexMcCutchen,AndrewHamels,ColeBell,Heath8
9Sandoval,PabloUtley,ChaseLawrie,BrettJeter,DerekMontero,JesusStanton,GiancarloWeaver,JeredHanrahan,Joel9
10Morse,MichaelCuddyer,MichaelRodriguez,AlexRamirez,AlexeiMolina,YadierHolliday,MattGreinke,ZackWilson,Brian10
11Napoli,MikeWeeks,RickieYoung,MichaelGordon,DeeArencibia,J.P.Hamilton,JoshHaren,DanSantos,Sergio11
12Santana,CarlosAckley,DustinRamirez,AramisAybar,ErickDoumit,RyanPence,HunterPrice,DavidSoria,Joakim12
13Berkman,LanceKipnis,JasonYoukilis,KevinPeralta,JhonnyRamos,WilsonBruce,JayGallardo,YovaniBailey,Andrew13
14Young,MichaelWalker,NeilReynolds,MarkEscobar,YunelMartin,RussellCruz,NelsonLester,JonValverde,Jose14
15Youkilis,KevinWeeks,JemileFreese,DavidDesmond,IanSoto,GeovanyMorse,MichaelBumgarner,MadisonBetancourt,Rafael15
16Butler,BillyEspinosa,DannyMoustakas,MikeBonifacio,EmilioIannetta,ChrisGordon,AlexCain,MattMotte,Jason16
17Reynolds,MarkJohnson,KellyRoberts,RyanScutaro,MarcoPerez,SalvadorJennings,DesmondStrasburg,StephenWalden,Jordan17
18Ortiz,David (DH)Roberts,RyanEncarnacion,EdwinCozart,ZackSaltalamacchia,JarrodChoo,Shin SooWilson,C.J.Street,Huston18
19Cuddyer,MichaelAltuve,JoseTrumbo,MarkDrew,StephenSuzuki,KurtVictorino,ShaneKennedy,IanMarmol,Carlos19
20Freeman,FreddieMurphy,DanielBonifacio,EmilioEscobar,AlcidesLucroy,JonathanUpton,B.J.Shields,JamesNathan,Joe20
21Kendrick,HowardHill,AaronMurphy,DanielPennington,CliffMesoraco,DevinCrawford,CarlMoore,MattLeague,Brandon21
22Goldschmidt,PaulScutaro,MarcoHeadley,ChaseFurcal,RafaelHernandez,RamonBourn,MichaelLatos,MatFarnsworth,Kyle22
23Davis,IkeBeckham,GordonPrado,MartinBartlett,JasonRuiz,CarlosBerkman,LanceWainwright,AdamFrancisco,Frank23
24Lind,AdamGiavotella,JohnnyJones,ChipperLowrie,JedBuck,JohnZobrist,BenJohnson,JoshJansen,Kenley24
25Swisher,NickInfante,OmarMorel,BrentAviles,MikeOlivo,MiguelHeyward,JasonBeckett,JoshJohnson,Jim R.25
26Howard,RyanAviles,MikeChisenhall,LonnieRodriguez,SeanPierzynski,A.J.Jones,AdamHanson,TommyMyers,Brett26
27Sanchez,GabyRodriguez,SeanAlvarez,PedroCasilla,AlexiHundley,NickWerth,JaysonPineda,MichaelGuerra,Javy27
28Morneau,JustinCasilla,AlexiDavis,ChrisGonzalez,AlexEllis,A.J.Hart,CoreyBeachy,BrandonThornton,Matt28
29Trumbo,MarkHudson,OrlandoAviles,MikePastornicky,TylerThole,JoshBeltran,CarlosHudson,DanielCapps,Matt D.29
30Duda,LucasRaburn,RyanValencia,DannyCarroll,JameyBarajas,RodYoung,ChrisDarvish,YuPestano,Vinnie30
31Mauer,JoeRoberts,BrianStewart,IanBarmes,ClintRosario,WilinStubbs,DrewGarza,MattBalfour,Grant31
32Dunn,AdamCraig,AllenLowrie,JedNunez,EduardoFlowers,TylerEthier,AndreGonzalez,GioVenters,Jonny32
33Morales,KendrysEllis,MarkCallaspo,AlbertoTejada,RubenCastro,JasonGardner,BrettSanchez,AnibalReed,Addison33
34Pena,CarlosIzturis,MaicerPolanco,PlacidoIzturis,MaicerHanigan,RyanSuzuki,IchiroZimmermann,JordanPerez,Chris34
35Lee,CarlosNunez,EduardoMcGehee,CaseyGreene,TylerTorrealba,YorvitCuddyer,MichaelRomero,RickyRomo,Sergio35
36Encarnacion,EdwinSanchez,FreddyRodriguez,SeanRyan,BrendanJaso,JohnKendrick,HowardLuebke,CoryClippard,Tyler36
37Belt,BrandonBarney,DarwinRolen,ScottSeager,KyleDonaldson,JoshMaybin,CameronCarpenter,ChrisAdams,Mike37
38Mayberry,JohnCarroll,JameyBetemit,WilsonBetancourt,YunieskyMarson,LouSwisher,NickMarcum,ShaunRodriguez,Francisco38
39Gamel,MatTejada,RubenWigginton,TyAndino,RobertGrandal,YasmaniMarkakis,NickScherzer,MaxMarshall,Sean39
40Carp,MikeGreene,TylerSeager,KyleTheriot,RyanMolina,JoseHunter,ToriiMorrow,BrandonUehara,Koji40
41Smoak,JustinAndino,RobertIzturis,MaicerNishioka,TsuyoshiNorris,DerekBourjos,PeterJimenez,UbaldoHolland,Greg41
42Loney,JamesSchumaker,SkipParedes,JimmyCrawford,BrandonConger,HankCabrera,MelkyGarcia,JaimeRobertson,David42
43Murphy,DanielTurner,JustinBlake,CaseyBloomquist,WillieBaker,JohnMorrison,LoganHellickson,JeremyBenoit,Joaquin43
44Huff,AubreyTheriot,RyanAndino,RobertSantiago,RamonSnyder,ChrisFrancoeur,JeffSantana,ErvinChapman,Aroldis44
45LaRoche,Adam A.Descalso,DanielNunez,EduardoPlouffe,TrevorLobaton,JoseYoung,DelmonCueto,JohnnyPerkins,Glen45
46Hafner,Travis (DH)Santiago,RamonFiggins,ChoneHairston,JerryPaulino,RonnyRios,AlexRodriguez,WandyFuentes,Brian46
47LaHair,BryanValbuena,LuisCantu,JorgeMiles,AaronLavarnway,RyanWillingham,JoshLewis,ColbySalas,Fernando47
48Helton,ToddLopez,JoseDonaldson,JoshPunto,NickTreanor,MattRasmus,ColbyBaker,ScottBastardo,Antonio48
49Alonso,YonderUribe,JuanLopez,JoseIglesias,JoseRoss,DavidJackson,AustinFeliz,NeftaliCrow,Aaron49
50Davis,ChrisMiles,AaronGuzman,JesusBrignac,ReidWhiteside,EliJoyce,MattHolland,DerekCashner,Andrew50
51     Lee,CarlosFister,Doug 51
52     Pagan,AngelDanks,John 52
53     Kubel,JasonMcCarthy,Brandon 53
54     Crisp,CocoKuroda,Hiroki 54
55     Fowler,DexterHudson,Tim 55
56     Boesch,BrennanLilly,Ted 56
57     Quentin,CarlosMasterson,Justin 57
58     Duda,LucasChacin,Jhoulys 58
59     Tabata,JoseFloyd,Gavin 59
60     Prado,MartinBuchholz,Clay 60
61     Cain,LorenzoSale,Chris 61
62     Cespedes,YoenisBillingsley,Chad 62
63     De Aza,AlejandroNorris,Bud 63
64     Mayberry,JohnBard,Daniel 64
65     Revere,BenJackson,Edwin 65
66     Wells,VernonNolasco,Ricky 66
67     Bonifacio,EmilioJurrjens,Jair 67
68     Smith,SethWorley,Vance 68
69     Martinez,J.D.Minor,Mike 69
70     Belt,BrandonCahill,Trevor 70
71     Huff,AubreyNiese,Jonathon 71
72     Alonso,YonderLiriano,Francisco 72
73     Soriano,AlfonsoStauffer,Tim 73
74     Carp,MikeDempster,Ryan 74
75     Reimold,NolanLeake,Mike 75
76     Trumbo,MarkOgando,Alexi 76
77     Presley,AlexVogelsong,Ryan 77
78     Bay,JasonSantana,Johan 78
79     Brantley,MichaelOswalt,Roy 79
80     Harper,BryceBailey,Homer 80
81     Morgan,NyjerBuehrle,Mark 81
82     Viciedo,DayanPeavy,Jake 82
83     Heisey,ChrisPeacock,Brad 83
84     Trout,MikeBedard,Erik 84
85     Moreland,MitchellNova,Ivan 85
86     Byrd,MarlonVolquez,Edinson 86
87     Torres,AndresHumber,Philip 87
88     LaHair,BryanAlvarez,Henderson 88
89     Craig,AllenHochevar,Luke 89
90     Raburn,RyanHughes,Phil 90
91     Reddick,JoshDickey,R.A. 91
92     Jay,JonSanchez,Jonathan 92
93     Abreu,BobbyPaulino,Felipe 93
94     Span,DenardNicasio,Juan 94
95     DeJesus,DavidCapuano,Chris 95
96     Damon,JohnnyPomeranz,Drew 96
97     Morales,KendrysHarrison,Matt 97
98     Gutierrez,FranklinChen,Wei-Yen 98
99     Thames,EricColon,Bartolo 99
100     Bourgeois,JasonCecil,Brett 100

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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11 Responses to “2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Spring Update”

  1. User avatar wynams says:

    RJ & co, kudos on the accolades! Well deserved.

    Question, are there projection numbers behind these rankings available somewhere on .csv/.xls? or could you PM them possibly to me?

    I’ve fallen big time for last player drafteds custom projection upload applied to my leagues point standings and of course want the best available projections. Cheers!

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  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    No specific projection numbers underlying these rankings. J35J does projections with his spreadsheet; check his thread in the Leftovers section for more details.

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  3. djbigsix says:

    Love your rankings. You are my fall back when I have a quandary about someone.

    I did notice Swisher among the 1Bs, but he played just 11 games their last season, so doubt he qualifies there in very many leagues.

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  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    That’s enough for standard Yahoo qualification, which I imagine applies to a great number of our readers.

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  5. djbigsix says:

    I was under the assumption the “10 games” meant during the season eligibility. Most leagues require a minimum of 10 percent of games played at a position the previous season. Can’t find Yahoo’s rules at the moment. I know Cuddyer played 17 at 2B and Yahoo is about the only site that is letting him qualify at 2B.

    dj

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  6. User avatar daullaz says:

    I’m looking at a Yahoo league right now and Swisher is a 1B/OF.

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  7. User avatar D-backsFan says:

    Congrats dudes! The Cafe has been my little secret for a few years, hopefully none of my opponents start getting wind of this place because of these kinda articles ! LOL

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  8. Padsin05 says:

    I want to print this, but its not letting me when i hit the print version button
    its also not copy/printing any advice?

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  9. User avatar checkers says:

    can’t print… pls fix!!!

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  10. st3v3k4hn says:

    It would also be super useful if you included your dollar value rankings here (ie so I can tell the relative value of 2 same round picks, ie Hanley Ramirez and Starlin Castro…
    Other than that, great list! Thanks!

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  11. Smooooot says:

    For us rankings geeks, how often will these be updated during the season?

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