CineSportsTalk vs The “Experts”: Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

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The fantasy baseball season is underway (thanks to 2 games in Australia last week) and we figured it was time to go to battle against the “experts” of the sports world. Today we will battle against ESPN (Overall), Tristan Cockcroft (of ESPN), Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report. We will have the usual suspects of Steve Farace, Scott Peterson and The Sportz Nutt. We will not waste any more of your time…so here are the rankings!

The “Experts”

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CineSportsTalk

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Steve’s List

10. Troy Tulowitzki

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I don’t know if this kind of a pick would come back to haunt me or not because of Tulo’s injury problems, but I think he is worth the insane amount of upside here. There are only a few shortstops that you can take in the first 3 rounds before the selection falls off a cliff, so why not grab one in the first round?

9. Prince Fielder

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I am really high on Prince Fielder this year. Yes, he had a down year last year by his standards, but he has the opportunity to rebound nicely in the Texas heat. I would have no problem grabbing Prince in the first round and at number 9 (along with his 40 homeruns and 120 rbi).

8. Clayton Kershaw

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As unconventional as it might be to take a pitcher in the first round, here he is. Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game and will put up massive points on a really good Dodgers team. I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to start off your draft by locking Kershaw up and solidifying the front end of your rotation.

7. Adrian Beltre

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I have Beltre at #7 because he has been really good and really healthy. There are only 3 third basemen that you would want to really “target” in the draft before moving down to the lower tiers and based on his ability to stay healthy (as of late) you probably want to start off with Beltre at the hot corner. I hope I haven’t jinxed him. Really.

6. Carlos Gonzalez

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The real CarGo is a lock to go in the first round despite his penchant for getting injured. The reason? He is that good. It would be scary to see what kind of numbers he could put up if he were to play in 150+ games with half of them being played at Coors Field.

5. Robinson Cano

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I’ve heard all the talk about him not hitting as many homeruns as he did when he played for the Yankees, but this guy is about as a professional hitter as there is in the game. He brings instant credibility to that Seattle lineup and I just don’t know if the drop-off will be as severe as some are thinking. I don’t think that 25 homeruns and 100 rbi along with his usual high average are out of the question. For me and the position he plays, that is a top 5 guy.

4. Paul Goldschmidt

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This is a guy that grew up in my farm system. I picked this guy up when he came up to the majors and he did absolutely nothing for me. Now he is a top 4 guy? Yes he is. With his mix of power and speed how can you not grab him inside the top 5. First base is a deep position, but Goldy is the best available.

3. Andrew McCutchen

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Mr. MVP is easily part of the top 3…for now. He has Goldy hot on his trail, but I have the faith in him to stand his ground at number 3.

2. Mike Trout

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Queue up the groans. Mike Trout will be number one for me very soon, but 2014 is not the year. This guy just signed a 6 year $144 million contract and he is worth every penny and then some. The Angels were smart to lock him in until 2020. There were even some rumblings about Trout being the first guy ever to get a 15 year deal. He is the real deal and real close.

1. Miguel Cabrera

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While I can see both sides of the coin (one side with Miggy and one with Trout) I just think that the guy that has recently won the triple crown should be in the number one spot. He was also the only guy in a points league to get over 1,000 points. Absurd. Every time I think about Miggy I can’t help but to laugh at the Marlins.

Scott’s List

10. Adrian Beltre

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In a shallow pool of 3rd baseman, I’m taking Mr.Consistency over the always injured Evan Longoria and David Wright. You know why? Because after those three 3B, the bottom falls out and you are stuck with Kung Fu Pablo or Ryan Zimmerman.

9. Chris David

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Chris Davis has either hit his groove or the clock will strike midnight and he will turn into a pumpkin. I’m betting the former. Like Jose Bautista, why can’t it be that sometimes some guys just “figure it out”?

8. Hanley Ramirez/Troy Tulowitzki

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I’m putting both of these injury prone shortstops at number 8 because in a nutshell, they mirror each other. Both have all the talent in the world. Both will get hurt if you sneeze on them and both have ridiculous talent that makes either one worth rolling the dice for…it’s boom or bust for both of these guys.

7. Clayton Kershaw

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The first and best pitcher comes off the board in the first round. An easy anchor for a fantasy staff. I normally shy away from taking pitchers in the 1st round, but Clayton Kershaw is about as safe as it gets.

6. Robinson Cano

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If Cano stayed in NY he would be much higher on my list. I just think there is going to be massive regression in the home run department. In roto leagues he will still hit for a high average and drive in runs, but he will be hard pressed to hit 25 homers. I wouldn’t take him in the 1st round in a points league. I’d rather have Pedroia at a cheaper price.

5. Carlos Gonzalez

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The oft injured Cargo can play 120 games and grab you 25 homers and 20 steals. Imagine if he plays 150 games.

4. Paul Goldschmidt

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2013 saw Paul Goldschmidt score 103 runs, bat in 125 more and hit 36 home runs. He could approach 1,000 points in a head to head points league. Beast.

3. Andrew McCutchen

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The game’s second best outfielder is going to fill up the stat line, especially in a rotisserie league. Is 2014 the year McCutch goes 30/30?

2. Miguel Cabrera

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The 292 million dollar man. It could be argued that Miggy should be taken at the number one spot. You won’t get an argument from me. Mr. Triple Crown is money in the bank…literally.

1. Mike Trout

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This 5 tool monster is especially more valuable in keeper leagues. It’s absolutely absurd how good Mike Trout is at 22 years old. Could be the best overall player in baseball already.

The Sportz Nutt’s List

10. Edwin Encarnacion

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I don’t really believe in him whole-heartedly, but I do so more than anyone else in this position. I think Ellsbury will get hurt, I think Beltre is a good 2nd round pick, and I think Hanley has dropped significantly in my books.

9. Clayton Kershaw

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I usually stray away from pitching in the first round, but I would take him with my 9th pick if the preceding players were gone.

8. Adam Jones

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One of the most consistent hitters in baseball, you know what you’re getting from him. You could do worse than having a safe bet with your #1 pick.

7. Chris Davis

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There WILL be a drop off in production, that’s for sure. Nobody has hit 50+ back to back other than one person….if I remember my facts correctly. That being said, 40 isn’t entirely out of the question.

6. Robinson Cano

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I don’t care about Safeco, as he’s always hit well there. He has a nice lineup surrounding him and will produce. Believe in Cano!

5. Carlos Gonzalez

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If he could stay healthy, he would move past Goldschmidt. I’m not 100% sure if he can, so I will safely drop him here. A five category player who fills the board, he should have another monster year.

4. Paul Goldschmidt

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This will be a defining year for the D-Back, as we’ll see how much he can improve upon last season’s emergence. Power, speed and patience are all characteristics of this stud.

3. Andrew McCutchen

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Mike Trout-lite, if lite means slightly smaller numbers across the board.

2. Miguel Cabrera

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He loses some fantasy value here because he goes over to 1B where position scarcity isn’t as big as 3B. I still see both he and Trout putting up similar numbers to last season, but the shift to 1B is huge, as last season I had Miggy at #1.

1. Mike Trout

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Simply put, he is the best player in baseball.