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Finders Keepers
by Issam Konsul (MLB)
Posted on August 20, 2009, 11:32 AM

Welcome to the Show peoples. I havenít written in quite some time...mostly because I couldnít find the motivation to put pen to paper (err, fingers to keyboard). I knew I wanted to write an off-season wrap up...but I didnít. I wanted to preview the season, but I didnít. For some reason, there was something missing in my passion for our nationís pastime that caused me to never follow through. Finally, today, as I was readjusting my fantasy baseball lineup for the 10th time today, I realized: write fantasy articles instead! Now the juices are flowing, and Iím going to start what is hopefully a long line of fantasy baseball discussions by going over, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, the 50 best keepers going into 2010. Letís hit the ground running!

1 Pujols, Albert 1B STL I love Hanley, I really do (see #2). But the chance for a triple crown in heavy fantasy stats is just too juicy, and he's far too dependable.

2 Ramirez, Hanley SS FLA See? I told you I loved him.

3 Crawford, Carl LF TB Finally strung together the kind of season we would expect. Keep on expecting .300, 25/40.

4 Utley, Chase 2B PHI What can't this guy do? The position is the icing on the cake, but he'd still be top 10 elsewhere.

5 Cabrera, Miguel 1B DET Just an out and out monster. Same as Braun, the position eligibility is why he's not top 5. Oh wait, he is in the top 5. See, I told you he was a monster.

6 Braun, Ryan J. LF MIL Just an out and out monster. He's going to be here for a long time to come too.

7 Mauer, Joe C MIN I wanted him top 5, but catchers are supposed to wear down, and he already is having "the greatest C season of all time." Expect slightly less next year, which of course, would still be amazing.

8 Lincecum, Tim SP SF The Freak for a reason. Chalk him up comfortably for over a ratio of at least 1 K/IP and call it a day.

9 Rodriguez, Alex 3B NYY Is this the 3B run? No, no it isn't. It's going to be a while.

10 Kemp, Matt CF LA I mostly have him this high because he's a keeper for my team. But tell me, what can't he do?

11 Reyes, Jose B. SS NYM Would be top 5 if not for this abomination of a season. Keep an eye on the injury over the break.

12 Fielder, Prince 1B MIL Only 2 SB and 3 caught stealings? GARBAGE!

13 Teixeira, Mark 1B NYY Middle of the Yanks lineup, he's as automatic as they come.

14 Howard, Ryan 1B PHI The Rhino could work on that average, but we love him for who he is anyway.

15 Morneau, Justin 1B MIN And so begins the run of the Justins....

16 Upton, Justin RF ARI And so ends the run of the Justins....

17 Johnson, Josh SP FLA If he worked in BOS or NY, he'd be hyped to the sky. Either way, he's pretty amazing. Draft him!

18 Sizemore, Grady CF CLE Legit 5-tool guy on what should be a terrrrrible team. Of course, we only really care about 3 of the tools.

19 Longoria, Evan 3B TB I feel a run of 3B coming up....

20 Hernandez, Felix SP SEA Gotta love the King's youth, strikeouts, durability, division, upside, and dependability. Love him.

21 Pedroia, Dustin 2B BOS Ultimate glue guy, for a fantasy lineup for a real one. Just enough pop, just enough speed. Great addition.

22 Halladay, Roy SP TOR If your league counts complete games, bump him up a few spots.

23 Ichiro, OF SEA So boringly consistent that you tend to forget about him. That would be a mistake.

24 Berkman, Lance 1B HOU Crazy to think Puma is like, the 7th best 1B in the league. Don't believe me? Look at my list!

25 Reynolds, Mark 3B ARI Yes, the 3B run! No matter where I put him, he was going one spot before D-Wright...until....

26 Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS If you counted defense, he'd be even higher! But either way, he's still in front of....

27 Wright, David 3B NYM My friend: "I dunno man, I think there's something wrong with Wright." HIGH-larious.

28 Gonzalez, Adrian 1B SD Yearly prediction: .265, 40, 110, 1000 walks. Sort of like someone else....

29 Dunn, Adam LF WAS Oh yeah! Let's not expect that .290 clip he's hitting at to be the norm, k? K.

30 Pence, Hunter RF HOU Hunter has the potential to be a 25/25 guy, but he goes through some hard slumps. Don't bet the boat on him yet.

31 Sandoval, Pablo 1B SF Kung Fu Panda!

32 Beltran, Carlos CF NYM See Jose Reyes. Replace "top 5" with "top 20"

33 Ethier, Andre OF LAD I'm a tad iffy on the guy, but the numbers and youth are there. Go nuts.

34 Hamilton, Josh CF TEX As you can see, we have entered the "great with baggage" range.

35 Quentin, Carlos LF CHW Nominee for "so underrated he's overrated" in next year's drafts. Could be the MVP, could tear his leg in half. YOU decide.

36 Sabathia, C.C. SP NYY Chalk him up for a mid 3's ERA and about 16 wins, and be happy.

37 Haren, Dan SP ARI Just make sure to trade him before the second half (Career 3.08 ERA Pre-All Star, 4.18 Post).

38 Lee, Carlos N. LF HOU El Caballo creeps closer and closer to physically falling apart, so be ready for the drop when it comes. Not yet though.

39 Granderson, Curtis CF DET A 30/30 guy, but man those peripherals are nasty.

40 Tulowitzki, Troy SS COL Surprisingly, the most power you can find at SS.

41 Jones, Adam CF BAL Roaming CF and haunting Seattle for years to come.

42 Carpenter, Chris SP STL He's amazing...but I'm not drafting him. And I'm going to laugh when his arm falls off again.

43 Youkilis, Kevin 1B BOS Yawn. He will win you leagues though. So yawn your way to a title.

44 Kinsler, Ian 2B TEX May also lead the league in "times hit in head with pitch." Is that a 2 point category?

45 Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI Fading, fading, fading....this is the last year on this list.

46 Ramirez, Manny LF LA Only as long as the steroids stay bountiful.

47 Cain, Matt SP SF Poor overshadowed Cain. Maybe if he beans a few more stars in the head he'll get attention over Lincecum.

48 Beckett, Josh SP BOS See Sabathia. Although he'll have a bumpier ride getting there.

49 Hill, Aaron 2B TOR Mostly because of positional scarcity

50 Greinke, Zack SP KC Ability rated higher, dependabilty rated lower. Averages out to here.

Arguments, concerns, questions, insults? I donít care. Bahhh, yes I do. Just send an email to ikonsul@gmail.com and we can have an argument. As long as its talking baseball, everybody wins. Thanks for reading.




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