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!
Billy Butler regressed to just 15 HRs in 2010 after whacking 21 the season before. His ISO power also dropped from .191 to .151, fifth-lowest among qualified first basemen.
Butler’s fly-ball rate (34.0 percent) was third-lowest among the qualifying at his position. This explains why he’s able to hit for such a high average (.318 in ‘10, .299 career), but raises questions about whether he can develop 25-30 HR power...
With the start of the fantasy baseball season upon us, let’s highlight a few players at each position who are primed for a breakout season in 2009.
C – Matt Wieters – Orioles
Surprise! After posting a .355/.454/.600 line with 27 HR between High A and AA last season, Wieters is the popular pick for breakout catcher of the year. Since his major-league debut isn’t likely to come until May, its difficult to rely on him as your number one catcher to start the season.