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Brian’s Top-24 First Basemen Rankings and Projections for ’14


"Yeah, it's this big."

“Yeah, it’s this big.”

First base continues to be one of the deepest positions in fantasy. Food for thought: 14 of the men on this list of 24 ended the year ranked in Yahoo!’s top-100 players. In drafts this year, 15 of these guys are going top-100. There’s no excuse to not have a serviceable first baseman in 2014.

Here’s something else to think about: Albert Pujols’ ADP this year is 47.4. Albert freakin’ Pujols. Going in the 4th-5th round. Don’t get me wrong, the man who talks to photocopiers in ESPN commercials hasn’t been his usual self the past few seasons, but he’s Albert Pujols. Talk about potential value.

Potential busts at the position: Chris Davis (ADP: 8.1), Joey Votto (15.8), and Allen Craig (57.0). I have no doubt in my mind that Davis’ power is legit, but because of what he was just two seasons ago, I still have icky feelings. I’ve never been a Votto fan, so maybe I’m biased here, but when we’re celebrating a player who hit 24 HR with 74 RBI the year before, it makes me want to break things. And Craig is just a walking injury and if you’re a really good roulette player, go ahead, take a spin.

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Pre-Season Award Show 2013!


These awards have no correlation with fantasy.

Going back to look at last year, all of us were homers and picked Yonder Alonso to win the NL Rookie of the Year. How wrong we were. We were equally wrong when Matt Moore and Yoenis Cespedes were picked to win the AL ROY. We never said these predictions were any good. Predictions are like…well…let’s just say everyone has one and they stink. In fact, the only correct prediction made last year by our team was calling Miguel Cabrera the AL Most Valuable Player by Jared Cothren. Bravo, Jared. Bravo.

Here is this year’s list. Just don’t bet your life on it.

RotoBrian Jared Butler Shorty SD Wooden Thaller
NL ROY Jedd Gyorko Shelby Miller Oscar Taveras Julio Teheran Jedd Gyorko Shelby Miller
AL ROY Wil Myers Wil Myers Wil Myers Wil Myers Wil Myers Wil Myers
NL CY Cole Hamels Stephen Strasburg Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kersahw Cole Hamels Stephen Strasburg
AL CY Justin Verlander Felix Hernandez Justin Verlander Felix Hernandez Felix Hernandez Justin Verlander
NL MVP Ryan Braun Andrew McCutchen Joey Votto Joey Votto Justin Upton Matt Kemp
AL MVP Miguel Cabrera Miguel Cabrera Mike Trout Evan Longoria Miguel Cabrera Prince Fielder
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Rotoballs Top 100 Players for ’13


So after a grueling process of ranking and re-ranking, we bring you the Top 100 players for 2013 from Rotobrian, SDWooden, Backdoor Jared, Madbank Thaller, Shorty, and Smuggling Plums Butler. These rankings were made with a 5×5 rotisserie league in mind. On the right side of the table are the Composite Ranks. Use the comments section to air your praise or grievances.  -rotobrian

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Brian’s Top 14 First Basemen Rankings and Projections for ’13


Don't let his name fool you.

Don’t let his name fool you.

[Editor’s Note: Mark Teixeira is expected to be out 8-10 weeks, putting his return date around the middle of June. He has fallen out of the Top 14]

It’s easy to fall in love with the protectors of first base (also known as the league’s best kissers) because they’re the producers, big boppers. They’re usually the easiest to project and most consistently reliable. Even in an off year, Albert Pujols still put up numbers that any other player would’ve been proud of. Billy Butler, the bigger, better known cousin of Ryan “Quentin” Butler, turned in an ox of a season. Even seemingly part-time player, Allen Craig, reminded us of Red Bird of old, Jack Clark.

But that doesn’t mean the position doesn’t come with its question marks. Joey Votto spent most of 2012 nursing a sore knee (not to worry, Jay Bruce kissed it better). Adrian Gonzalez had a power outage, changing his nickname from “A-Gone” to “Dirty Gonzalez.” Marcus Teixeira, who can’t seem to justify his hefty contract, didn’t come to play in ’12.

But with the influx of young talent (Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt, Eric Hosmer, and Anthony Rizzo), everyone in a standard 10-team league should get to first base this season.

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Rotoballs Midseason Awards Extravaganza!


It’s that time of year where we, fantasy owners, like to boast about our players. We have enough data to evaluate who’s having a bad season and who’s having a fantastic season. Without further ado, here are our writers’ (Brian “Rotobrian” Dorsey, Adam “Madbank” Thaller, Ryan “Smuggling Plums” Butler, and Jared “Backdoor Slider” Cothren) awards.

First Half Awards (based on stats prior to All-Star Game):

Rotobrian: Rotoballs creator, editor, and writer

Madbank: Contributing writer

Smuggling Plums: Contributing writer

Backdoor Slider: Contributing writer

AL ROY

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

NL ROY

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

Bryce Haper

AL MVP

Josh Hamilton

Miguel Cabrera

Mike Trout

Josh Hamilton

NL MVP

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

Ryan Braun

AL CY

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Chris Sale

Justin Verlander

NL CY

R.A. Dickey

Clayton Kershaw

Matt Cain

R.A. Dickey

Biggest Flop AL

Carlos Santana

Mike Napoli

Carlos Santana

Kevin Youkilis

Biggest Flop NL

Rickie Weeks

Tim Lincecum

Camron Maybin

Tim Lincecum

Biggest Surprise AL

Adam Jones

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

Mike Trout

Biggest Surprise NL

Michael Bourn

Carlos Beltran

R.A. Dickey

Andrew McCutchen

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Player Profile: Joey Votto


"Hey Joey, did you get the sausage and peppers?"

Joey Votto. Sounds like an insignificant character from Goodfellas. I can almost hear Ray Liota’s narration: “When I was a kid I used to get the wise guys’ beers during their card games down at Joey Votto’s. What a buncha gindaloons.” Joey Votto is no fringe mobster, but he is pretty gangster when it comes to hitting a baseball. So gangster, in fact, that you’ll find him in the top five of most experts’ preseason player rankings. I love stats, and there’s a lot to like about Votto’s. Whether it’s his career OPS of .955, BA of .313, or .237 ISO, he is as dominant a left-handed hitter as there is in the game. Stats like OPS, BA, and ISO are a great measure of a hitter’s true ability because unlike RBI or runs, they are absent any reliance upon others to be on base or drive them in. ISO treats a leadoff double the same as one with the bases loaded; it’s about pure power, fluky variables be damned.

Here’s a fun idea! Let’s compare Votto to the consensus No. 1-ranked player in fantasy baseball, the mighty Miguel Cabrera:

BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP GB/FB LD% GB% FB% HR/FB

Votto: 12.9 18.4 0.70 .313 .405 .550 .955 .237 .352 1.19 23.9 41.3 34.8 19.4

Cabrera: 11.1 17.5 0.64 .317 .395 .555 .950 .239 .347 1.13 21.3 41.7 37.0 18.3

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