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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Friday, March 25, 2011

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings - Top 200

I've got 3 fantasy baseball drafts in the next half dozen days (I finished grading my last exams today; I've got next week off; except that Monday I have to set up my online classes, Wednesday I have to prep my classroom classes, and Thursday I have an online seminar.  I get a week between quarters, occasionally someone will say "four weeks a year off isn't a bad vacation" and I feel like punching that person in the throat) here is my board.  It's geared for a cbssports league, as that's where I play; 5X5, weekly, 10 team, two starting catchers (that's why it pushes catchers higher than it otherwise might).  Also - just as a side benefit - at the end is ESPNs top 300 mixed rankings (my rankings are for my mixed draft).

Incidentally, I've got my list of the 100 best players in baseball ready for next week (non fantasy version).  So many lists for you good people who are by and large just here to look at the one Lance Armstrong picture. 

1. Albert Pujols
2. Hanley Ramirez
3. Ryan Braun
4. Felix Hernandez
5. Carlos Gonzalez
6. Tim Lincecum
7. Roy Halladay
8. Victor Martinez
9. Joe Mauer
10. Joey Votto

11. Miguel Cabrera
12. Dan Haren
13. Ryan Howard
14. Prince Fielder
15. Troy Tulowitzki
16. Carlos Santana
17. Matt Kemp
18. CC Sabathia
19. Matt Holliday
20. Cliff Lee

21. Brian McCann
22. Adrian Gonzalez
23. Carl Crawford
24. Robinson Cano
25. Jared Weaver
26. Mark Teixeira
27. Mat Latos (check injury from today)
28. Buster Posey
29. Geo Soto
30. Jorge Posada

31. Dustin Pedroia
32. Adam Dunn
33. Alex Rodriguez
34. Justin Upton
35. Jose Bautista
36. Jayson Werth
37. Jay Bruce
38. Matt Weiters
39. David Wright
40. Justin Verlander

41. Brandon Phillips
42. Evan Longoria
43. Josh Johnson
44. Nelson Cruz
45. Nick Markakis
46. Corey Hart
47. JP Arencibia
48. Kelly Johnson
49. Matt Cain
50. Miguel Montero

51. Mike Napoli
52. Dan Uggla
53. Ryan Zimmerman
54. Chris Young
55. Roy Oswalt
56. Mike Stanton
57. JD Drew
58. David Price
59. Kevin Youkilis
60. Chris Carpenter

61. Paul Konerko
62. Hunter Pence
63. Clayton Kershaw
64. Tommy Hanson
65. Martin Prado
66. Andrew McCutcheon
67. Jake Peavy
68. Josh Hamilton
69. Cole Hamels
70. Adrian Beltre

71. Alex Rios
72. Jose Reyes
73. Jon Lester
74. Zack Greinke
75. Tsuyoshi Nishioki
76. Ryan Raburn
77. Heath Bell
78. Ted Lilly
79. Vlad Guerrero
80. Ben Zobrist

81. Adam Lind
82. Andre Ethier
83. Javier Vazquez
84. Max Scherzer
85. Kurt Suzuki
86. Joe Nathan
87. Phil Hughes
88. AJ Pierzinski
89. Dex Fowler
90. Billy Butler

91. Carlos Lee
92. SS Choo
93. Ian Kinsler
94. Shane Victorino
95. Chris Iannetta
96. Michael Young
97. Nick Swisher
98. John Buck
99. Jimmy Rollins
100. Alexei Ramirez

101. Mike Aviles
102. Colby Lewis
103. Rickie Weeks
104. Mariano Rivera
105. Juan Uribe
106. Jeremy Hellickson
107. Jacoby Ellsbury
108. Mark Reynolds
109. Rajah Davis
110. Joakim Soria

111. Edwin Encarnacion
112. Delom Young
113. Casey McGahee
114. Chris Coghlan
115. Brian Anderson
116. Hiroki Kuroda
117. Aaron Hill
118. Carlos Pena
119. Jonathan Papelbon
120. Carlos Marmol

121. Dallas Braden
122. Jonathan Broxton
123. Starlin Castro
124. David Ortiz
125. Yunel Escobar
126. Ichiro Suzuki
127. Jason Heyward
128. Dan Hudson
129. Matt Thornton
130. Chad Billingsley

131. Gordon Beckham
132. Shane Marcum
133. Kendrys Morales
134. Alfonso Soriano
135. Ricky Nolasco
136. Adam Jones
137. Brian Roberts
138. Yadier Molina
139. Chris Perez
140. James Shields

141. Clay Buccholz
142. Brian Wilson
143. Josh Beckett
144. Adam Laroche
145. Angel Pagan
146. Huston Street
147. BJ Upton
148. Derrek Lee
149. Gaby Sanchez
150. Derek Jeter

151. Francisco Liriano
152. Felix Rodriguez
153. Justin Morneau
154. Matt Lecroy
155. Yovani Gallardo
156. CJ Wilson
157. Jose Tabata
158. Jason Bay
159. Omar Infante
160. Elvis Andrus

161. Torii Hunter
162. Trevor Cahill
163. Pedro Alvarez
164. Denard Span
165. Matt Cuddyer
166. Aramis Ramirez
167. Carlos Ruiz
168. Drew Stubbs
169. Ervin Santana
170. Howie Kendrick

171. Marlon Byrd
172. Ian Stewart
173. Wandy Rodriguez
174. Juan Pierre
175. Vernon Wells
176. Jonathan Sanchez
177. John Danks
178. Brett Gardner
179. Neil Walker
180. Brett Myers

181. Jose Valverde
182. Aubrey Huff
183. Tim Hudson
184. Pablo Sandoval
185. JJ Putz
186. Neftali Feliz
187. Gio Gonzalez
188. Madison Bumgarner
189. Colby Rasmus
190. Luke Scott

191. Ian Desmond
192. James Loney
193. Jeff Niemann
194. Brandon Lyon
195. Ubaldo Jimenez
196. Lance Berkman
197. John Lackey
198. Curtis Granderson
199. Matt Garza
200. Ryan Dempster

The ESPN list is here.