Fantasy Baseball Preview: Corner infielders

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, of Etobicoke, is poised for another big year. (GETTY...

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, of Etobicoke, is poised for another big year. (GETTY IMAGES)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:20 PM ET

Fantasy baseball columnist Joel Colomby ranks the starting corner infielders for the American and National Leagues. Dollar values are a guide for rotisserie league and head-to-head auctions.

FANTASY BASEBALL PREVIEW: Pt 1

THE CORNER INFIELDERS

(Tomorrow: The middle infielders)

FIRST BASEMEN

$30+

Albert Pujols LAA -- Halos will try and get him into all 162 games

Miguel Cabrera DET -- Will soon qualify as a 3B, adding to value

Joey Votto CIN -- Stock up in NL-only with Pujols, Fielder gone

Adrian Gonzalez BOS -- After April last season, he hit as advertised

Prince Fielder DET -- Move to Comerica will cut HRs, but not by much

Mark Teixeira NYY -- Will sacrifice a few HRs for bunts to beat shift

$20

Paul Konerko CHW -- Hit .300 with 30+ HRs, 100 RBIs past 2 years

Eric Hosmer KC -- Strength, textbook swing and just getting started

Michael Morse WAS -- He’ll be drafted as an OF most of the time

Ike Davis NYM -- On pace for 125 RBIs before season-ending injury

Lance Berkman STL -- Won’t match ’11 stats, but may not be far off

Adam Lind TOR -- AVG improved in both 2010 and ’11

$10+

Kendrys Morales LAA -- Under the radar after missing all of 2011

Gaby Sanchez MIA -- Marlins’ new park may eat up a few of his HRs

Freddie Freeman ATL -- He’s more about the AVG than the power

Paul Goldschmidt ARIZ -- All-or-nothing slugger will bat 8th to start

Carlos Pena TB -- Has 95 HRs past 3 years, but hasn’t topped .227

James Loney LAD -- Little power but capable of return to 90 RBIs

Carlos Lee HOU -- May hang on as DH when Astros join AL in ’13

Yonder Alonso SD -- Strong finish in Cinci, then dealt to tough park

Ryan Howard PHIL -- Torn Achilles will keep him out until June

Justin Morneau MIN -- Wrist surgery, concussion limiting him to DH?

Justin Smoak SEA -- Former top prospect fell apart after hurting thumb

Adam Dunn CHW -- Will climb back some, but it’s a lon-n-ng way up

Adam LaRoche WAS -- Will power return after shoulder surgery?

Aubrey Huff SF -- Once again, he’s only keeping it warm for Belt

Casey Kotchman CLE -- Too much of 89-point AVG jump was good luck

Garrett Jones PIT -- Likely platooning again, but could still swat 20 HRs

$1+

Todd Helton COL -- Plagued by an unreliable back, unreliable power

Chris Davis BAL -- All those K’s still dragging down his potential

Mitch Moreland TEX -- Broken bone in wrist may explain late stats dive

Brandon Allen OAK -- All that power does no good with a .200 AVG

Bryan LaHair CHC -- Hit 38 HRs at triple-A, but Rizzo is the future

Ty Wigginton PHL -- Starts for two months until Howard returns

BEST OF THE BENCH — Lyle Overbay ARZ, Mark Trumbo LAA, Matt Hague PIT, Jesus

Guzman SD. MINOR-LEAGUE WATCH — Brandon Belt SF, Anthony Rizzo CHC, Chris

Parmelee MIN.

THIRD BASEMEN

$30+

Jose Bautista TOR -- Dual OF/3B eligibility nudges him to top

Evan Longoria TB -- Nagging sore foot now finally out of the way

$20+

David Wright NYM -- Will benefit from pulled-in fences at Citi Field

Adrian Beltre TEX -- Had monster year AFTER signing huge deal

Ryan Zimmerman WAS -- High-end sleeper after missing first half of 2011

Pablo Sandoval SF -- Slimmed-down Panda just needs to stay off DL

Brett Lawrie TOR -- 40-40 upside, owners will settle for 20-20

Michael Young TEX -- Will be close to .300 and 100 RBIs as DH/1B

Alex Rodriguez NYY -- At 36, no guarantee he’ll recover his power

Aramis Ramirez MIL -- Strong 2nd half showed 2010 just an off-year

Kevin Youkilis BOS -- Can’t seem to stay upright for a full season.

$10+

Mark Reynolds BAL -- 35 HRs were great, but little beyond that

Mike Moustakas KC -- Elite promise, but early drafts not being kind

Edwin Encarnacion TOR -- He’ll be DH-only after this season.

Martin Prado ATL -- One bad year after two good. Will start in OF.

Chase Headley SD -- Contact without power will have him batting 2nd

Ryan Roberts ARIZ -- Cinderella story just missed a 20-20 season

Chone Figgins SEA -- Promoted to leadoff despite horrific 2011

Chipper Jones ATL -- He turns 40 next month but can still swing a bat

David Freese STL -- Playoff heroics may inflate his draft day value

Mat Gamel MIL -- Likely starting 1B, but Hart waiting if he falters

Scott Rolen CIN -- Getting a full season out of him is a long-shot

Juan Uribe LAD -- Aims to atone for last season’s awful L.A. debut

Placido Polanco PHIL -- Injuries, age have caught up to him past two years

$1+

Danny Valencia MIN -- As expected, his BABIP (and AVG) fell in ’11

Casey McGehee PIT -- Can he regain power numbers with the Bucs?

Lonnie Chisenhall CLE -- Hit .290 with four HRs in final five weeks

Brent Morel CHW -- Awesome HR/FB rate in Sept., hints at a breakout

Alberto Callaspo LAA -- Marginal power and likely to lose ABs to Trumbo

Ian Stewart CHC -- New team will give him chance to rescue career

Wilson Betemit -- BAL Should get enough ABs at DH to be rosterable

Casey Blake COL -- Oft-injured veteran out when Arenado is ready

Chris Johnson HOU -- Held off Parades, can he do so with Wallace?

Daniel Descalso STL -- Cards’ starting 2B known more for his glove

Josh Donaldson OAK -- Sizemore’s season-ending injury has A’s in a hole

BEST OF THE BENCH — Ryan Flaherty BALT, Brandon Wood COL, Brandon Inge DET,

Brett Wallace HOU, Kyle Seager SEA. MINOR-LEAGUE WATCH — Nolan Arenado COL,

Alex Liddi SEA.

 


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