Over the last four months, I’ve poured hundreds of hours into researching, ranking and re-ranking the top 100 players in fantasy baseball. This Big Board is much different than most, however. I’m going to give you something you can’t get anywhere else free of charge.
Instead of just listing names without justification, Fantasy Baseball Insiders provides not only MLB Odds and the top-100 overall rankings, but includes a few nuggets on each player, and links to an in-depth individual analysis complete with 2010 stats, three-year averages, and calculated 2011 projections!
These rankings and projections consider past achievements and expected future results based on standard 5×5 H2H settings…
Just like years past, 2011 is loaded with All-Star first basemen to roster on your fantasy baseball team.
Last season, 15 different first basemen hit 25 home runs. That’s not including Justin Morneau, Kevin Youkilis or Kendrys Morales, whose seasons were cut short due to injury.
This year, 15 first basemen made my 2011 Big Board, including an astounding eight in the top 20. Bottom line: there’s plenty of pop at the position to go around…
Over the past few weeks, we’ve announced the top 90 players on our 2011 big board. Click on each player’s name for a more in-depth analysis, including 2011 projections!
Kansas City Royals’ closer Joakim Soria has become one of the most reliable relievers over the last three seasons. Since 2008, he ranks in the top five among full-time closers (min. 150 innings) in many important statistical categories:
◦Saves: 115 (fifth)
◦ERA: 1.84 (second)
◦WHIP: 1.01 (third)
◦BB/9: 2.47 (fifth)
Max Scherzer was relatively impressive with the Diamondbacks in 2009, his first full season as a big league starter. The former first-round pick posted a 4.12 ERA (3.81 FIP), 1.34 WHIP, 9.19 K/9, 3.33 BB/9 in 170 1/3 innings.
Scherzer was then traded to Detroit the following offseason in the three-team Austin Jackson/Curtis Granderson deal.
Scherzer’s got off to a rough start with the Tigers in 2010. Through his first eight starts, the right-hander owned a 7.28 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. His strikeout rate (5.57) left much to be desired…