Craig I've always found making a list of the top players frustrating in one way or another. There's always a factor that can be thrown in that will change things, or I will have a bias toward a couple of players I happen to like.
Not this list, though.
This list has been given some very careful consideration during the past week. I've looked up and down Yahoo and ESPN stat sheets, rankings, player raters and projections.
This list is strictly the 20 best fantasy baseball players as it stands right now.
Let's get it started.
1. Albert Pujols, first base, St. Louis Cardinals - Simply the best. Twenty runs, 7 home runs, 25 RBIs, 3 stolen bases and a .343 batting average.
2. Ian Kinsler, second base, Texas Rangers - This guy is a star in the making. Eighteen Runs, 7 home runs, 20 RBIs, 7 stolen bases and a shiny .359 batting average.
3. Zack Greinke, pitcher, Kansas City Royals - That's right folks, Zack Attack is an early Cy Young candidate with a league leading 4 wins, 36 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA.
4. Nick Markakis, outfield, Baltimore Orioles - What he lacks in power (2 home runs), he more than makes up with high batting average (.389) and prolific plate crossings (21 runs).
5. Johan Santana, pitcher, New York Mets - Same old Johan: 3 wins, 37 K's, and an awesome ERA of 0.70.
6. Carlos Pena, first base, Tampa Bay Rays - Batting average of just .243 keeps him out of the top 5 for now.
7. Kevin Youkilis, first base/third base, Boston Red Sox - Outperforming his ADP by a wide margin.
8. Joey Votto, first base, Cincinatti Reds - Beat out Evan Longoria and Chase Utley for this spot with 19 RBIs and a .371 batting average.
9. Adrian Gonzalez, first base, San Diego Padres - Made a case for himself to be in the top 10 with 14 runs, 7 homers, 15 RBIs and .323 average.
10. Evan Longoria, third base, Tampa Bay Rays - Longoria creeps into the top 10 but not unnoticed: 16 RBIs, 5 homers, 11 runs and a .358 average.
11. Grady Sizemore, outfield, Cleveland Indians - .269 batting average leaves him just shy of top 10 glory.
12. Jonathan Broxton, relief pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers - 15 K's in 9 innings.
13. Tim Lincecum, pitcher, San Francisco Giants - Still got the flamethrower working; 35 K's in 24.1 innings of work. Wins will come in time.
14. Brandon Inge, catcher/third base/outfield, Detroit Tigers - Unlikely candidate to post this line, but I'll take it; 15 runs, 7 homers, 17 RBIs and solid average of .323.
15. Adam Jones, outfield, Baltimore Orioles
16. Torri Hunter, outfield, Los Angeles Angels
17. Chad Billingsley, pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
18. Heath Bell, Relief pitcher, Sand Diego Padres
19. Chase Utley, second base, Philadelphia Phillies
20. Ryan Franklin, relief pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
There you have it, folks, your own personal cheat sheet if you plan on doing a late draft. I was really torn on placing Adam Jones at 15th, but lack of power (3 homers so far) is what kept him down in my mind, otherwise, with a few more homers, he could've been in the top 10.
Look for some great waiver wire pickups next week.