shortsavage wrote:I definately had Giambi too high to start out with. I bumped him down to 13th, below Konerko.
Helton hit .381 from July 1st on last season. He actually slugged really well during the same time period (.661, second best of all 1B to Jacobs) and led all 1B in doubles with 25. Coors will help him rebound next season.
Thome missed most of the season last year. He is one of the oldest 1B around, too, so I wouldn't consider him a lock for even 400 at bats in 2006. And even when Thome was playing last season, he was far from a top 1B.
I think Bagwell will be able to hold his own as a decent backup 1B in 12-team mixed leagues. Sure, his health isn't a given, but 24th isn't that high.
Know how people always joke about how all of Adam Dunn's RBIs come from HRs? Well, Dunn had 40 HRs and 101 RBIs in 2005 to Konerko's 40 HRs and 100 RBIs. Konerko didn't top 100 runs either (even Jeff Kent managed to drive in 100 runs and score 100 runs, in LA mind you). Konerko is just on the fringe of the elite in my mind. I don't think he will ever be the type of guy who can carry your team.
What's not to like about Brad Wilkerson moving from Washington to Texas. He has been quietly productive over the last three years. He'll be inconsistent next season, but go on enough mild tears (don't forget hit for the cycle, too) to definately be a top 15 first basemen. Notice that I have him and Konerko both at $27, too. They are close in my mind.
Thanks for all of the input so far . For a rough draft, I don't think these rankings turned out half bad.
You criticize Konerko's and Dunn's runs counts but think Helton in that Rox lineup is going to do anything better?...and Helton's power NEVER returned last year. More doubles is one of the things that happen when roid-boys stop taking roids and no longer have the juice to get it over the wall. There is no way I would take Helton over Konerko or Dunn or D. Lee. Not anymore. The only thing that keeps Helton in the fantasy-elite game is the fact that he will likely post a decent avg. The Hrs are down...so are the rbis and the runs.