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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only 1B
02/04/2008 12:44 PM ET
Below is a chart of every AL first baseman covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 AL-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.    
AL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed 1B | NL 1B
 First Base TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
David Ortiz* BOS 37 .304 112 39 132 0 Even injuries couldn't stop Big Papi last year.
Justin Morneau MIN 32 .287 91 35 116 1 Don't read too far into second-half slide.
Victor Martinez CLE 29 .300 81 28 100 0 Durable, consistent All-Star in prime of career.
Carlos Guillen DET 26 .305 98 20 104 11 Hits well enough at 1B, but better for SS.
Travis Hafner CLE 25 .292 98 27 107 1 No sure thing to bounce back from a disappointing '07.
Carlos Pena TB 25 .271 81 32 97 2 Fairy tales rarely followed by good sequels.
Paul Konerko CWS 24 .281 88 34 104 0 Good buy-low candidate.
Nick Swisher CWS 21 .264 108 33 93 5 Trade to CWS could rekindle power numbers.
Alex Gordon KC 20 .278 81 23 84 15 Possible value pick after underwhelming debut.
Jim Thome* CWS 18 .261 75 29 86 0 Can still lay down the hammer when healthy.
Billy Butler KC 15 .296 76 18 92 1 Budding superstar.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia TEX 14 .264 59 18 63 0 Talented youngster could top 20 HR.
Frank Thomas* TOR 14 .266 60 25 88 0 Revival tour continues.
Ryan Garko CLE 14 .275 70 23 83 0 Blossomed into key run producer in '07
Casey Kotchman LAA 13 .301 62 13 72 2 Power leaves much to be desired but has legit potential.
Kevin Youkilis BOS 12 .292 94 15 76 3 No fireworks here, just solid all-around production.
Richie Sexson SEA 9 .258 65 28 76 1 Worth another shot in AL-only play.
Jason Giambi NYY 8 .247 52 24 70 0 Only if you have health insurance.
Aubrey Huff BAL 8 .274 55 19 63 3 Usually doesn't heat up until second half.
Lyle Overbay TOR 8 .279 61 13 62 2 Road back won't be easy after two hand surgeries.
Casey Blake CLE 7 .268 71 18 77 5 Steady but unspectacular vet.
Daric Barton* OAK 6 .275 80 15 65 2 Time is now for rookie 1B.
Mike Lamb MIN 6 .283 61 16 64 0 Productive platoon player could steal everyday job.
Dan Johnson OAK 5 .276 55 17 57 0 Seeds are there, but time is running out in Oakland.
Brad Wilkerson SEA 4 .248 60 23 65 6 Injuries robbed him of peak years.
Ross Gload KC 3 .308 54 12 56 4 Scrappy contact hitter could surprise.
Jose Vidro SEA 3 .302 65 6 49 0 Contributes good AVG but little else at this stage.
Kevin Millar BAL 3 .263 58 15 63 1 Steady veteran has little upside.
Ben Broussard TEX 2 .265 44 13 52 2 Should benefit from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Matt StairsTOR2.2704311411Won't receive same opportunities in '08.
Kendry Morales LAA 2 .286 31 7 34 1 At-bats hard to come by on deep roster.
Ryan Shealy KC 1 .266 34 10 43 1 Make-or-break season for former sleeper.
Marcus Thames DET 1 .255 46 21 43 1 Has power but needs more PT to realize value.
Frank Catalanotto TEX 1 .272 44 12 42 2 On-base skills helps case for PT.
Mike Sweeney*OAK1.284359410Vet headed for bench role.
Eric Hinske TB 1 .253 42 10 40 4 Young enough to turn around career.
Wilson Betemit NYY 2 .266 48 16 49 1 Could make impact if injuries create opportunity.
Sean Casey BOS 1 .289 24 3 21 0 Contact hitter fading fast.
Greg Norton* SEA 1 .246 24 3 24 0 Undone by injuries in '07.
Chris Shelton TEX 1 .264 36 11 37 2 New lease on life.

*DH only

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