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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only Top 100
02/04/2008 1:28 PM ET
Below is a chart of the top 100 American League players covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that showcases the best of the best big-league stars.

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       
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 Top 100 POS TM $$ Notes
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY 48 Best fantasy player ever at this position.
Miguel Cabrera 3B DET 41 Elite young masher joining a top-shelf offense
Carl Crawford OF TB 37 Don't think twice about grabbing him in first round.
David Ortiz DH BOS 37 Even injuries couldn't stop Big Papi last year.
Grady Sizemore OF CLE 36 Power-speed potential too impressive to ignore.
Justin Morneau 1B MIN 32 Don't read too far into second-half slide.
Magglio Ordonez OF DET 31 Added protection should help keep numbers lofty.
Vladimir Guerrero OF LAA 31 Veteran superstar to deliver more of the same.
Jonathan Papelbon RP BOS 30 Young, gifted and bulletproof.
Ichiro Suzuki OF SEA 30 Expect elite AVG, R and SB totals from Mr. Consistency.
J.J. Putz RP SEA 30 Last year's dominance no fluke.
Victor Martinez C CLE 29 Durable, consistent All-Star in prime of career.
Francisco Rodriguez RP LAA 29 Lives up to nickname, but command is iffy.
Joe Nathan RP MIN 29 As reliable as they come.
Erik Bedard SP SEA 28Change in scenery big boost to ace lefty.
C.C. Sabathia SP CLE 28 Cy Cy to continue at elite level.
B.J. Upton OF, 2B TB 28 Potential 30-30 player offers multi-position eligibility.
Josh Beckett SP BOS 27 Don't be afraid to invest in repeat.
Alex Rios OF TOR 26 Expect talented youngster to continue improving.
Manny Ramirez OF BOS 26 Future HOFer likely to bounce back.
Ian Kinsler 2B TEX 26 Should make leap forward to become all-category contributor.
Justin Verlander SP DET 26 Fireballer poised for next step forward.
Mariano Rivera RP NYY 26 Still an elite option.
Derek Jeter SS NYY 26 Veteran Al-Star showing slight signs of decline.
Carlos Guillen 1B, SS DET 26 Hits well enough at 1B, but better for SS.
Felix Hernandez SP SEA 25 On doorstep of greatness.
Bobby Jenks RP CWS 25 Has joined upper echelon.
Bobby Abreu OF NYY 25 Safe bet to provide usual steady production.
Robinson Cano 2B NYY 25 Should deliver 100 RBIs in loaded lineup.
Brian Roberts 2B BAL 25 Complements speed with all-around contributions.
Travis Hafner 1B CLE 25 No sure thing to bounce back from a disappointing '07.
Carlos Pena 1B TB 25 Fairy tales rarely followed by good sequels.
Adrian Beltre 3B SEA 25 Forget '04; still as consistent as they come.
Scott Kazmir SP TB 24 Could miss all of April with left elbow strain.
Gary Sheffield OF DET 24 Will rake as long as health holds up.
Nick Markakis OF BAL 24 Rising star asked to shoulder offensive load.
Torii Hunter OF LAA 24 Could struggle to live up to contract-year performance.
Curtis Granderson OF DET 24 All-category threat sidelined with broken finger.
Joe Mauer C MIN 24 Has potential to be big difference-maker.
Roy Halladay SP TOR 24 Reliable vet keeps runs off board.
Paul Konerko 1B CWS 24 Good buy-low candidate.
James Shields SP TB 23 Control artist may be overlooked.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP BOS 23 Set to shine after adjustment year.
Huston Street RP OAK 23 Could be bargain after injury-plagued '07.
Chone Figgins 3B, OF LAA 23 Won't hit .330 again but will rack up the steals again.
Delmon Young OF MIN 22 Has talent to overcome poor plate discipline.
Javier Vazquez SP CWS 22 Quietly effective in 5x5 play.
Nick Swisher OF, 1B CWS 21 Trade to CWS could rekindle power numbers.
Vernon Wells OF TOR 21 Return to health should lead to rebound.
Hideki Matsui OF NYY 21 Business as usual for productive run producer.
Michael Young SS TEX 21 Hitting machine could rebound in HR department.
Jermaine Dye OF CWS 21 Second-half surge points to comeback season.
John Lackey SP LAA 20 Triceps injury drops him out of elite class.
Edgar Renteria SS DET 20 Could be headed for downturn in Motown.
Alex Gordon 3B, 1B KC 20 Possible value pick after underwhelming debut.
Joba Chamberlain SP NYY 19 You ain't seen nothing yet.
A.J. Burnett SP TOR 19 Power arm comes with injury risk.
Jorge Posada C NYY 18 Don't anticipate repeat of '07
Joakim Soria RP KC 18 Here to stay after unheralded rookie year.
Jhonny Peralta SS CLE 18 Young power hitter still improving.
Jim Thome DH CWS 18 Can still lay down the hammer when healthy.
Fausto Carmona SP CLE 18 Unlikely to drop off much after '07 breakthrough.
Kelvim Escobar SP LAA 17 Frontline starter often banged up.
Orlando Cabrera SS CWS 17 Power to rebound a bit.
Mike Lowell 3B BOS 17 Perfect match of reliability player, ballpark and club.
Johnny Damon OF NYY 17 Looking at potential drop in PT.
Dustin McGowan SP TOR 16 Set to build on promising second half.
Francisco Liriano SP MIN 16 Big talent coming back from big injury.
B.J. Ryan RP TOR 16 Question mark after TJ surgery.
Joe Borowski RP CLE 16 Often dances with disaster.
Kenji Johjima C SEA 15 Likely to continue delivering steady numbers.
Howie Kendrick 2B LAA 15 Hitting machine should deliver more power, speed.
Josh Hamilton OF TEX 15 Could deliver big numbers if health holds up.
Billy Butler 1B KC 15 Budding superstar.
Todd Jones RP DET 15 Warning: Saves come with indigestion.
Jeremy Bonderman SP DET 14 Risky pick given health concerns.
Chien-Ming Wang SP NYY 14 Could struggle if more grounders find holes.
Evan Longoria 3B TB 14 Must-have will be Rays' 3B.
Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS 14 Reigning AL ROY headed for bigger things.
Placido Polanco 2B DET 14 Value inflated by career-best numbers in '07.
Julio Lugo SS BOS 14 Speedy vet to deliver improved AVG.
Raul Ibanez OF SEA 14 Has enough left for one more productive year.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 1B TEX 14 Talented youngster could top 20 HR.
Frank Thomas DH TOR 14 Revival tour continues.
Michael Cuddyer OF MIN 14 Improved plate discipline should lead to rebound.
Hank Blalock 3B TEX 14 A major sleeper if he's truly healthy again.
Jose Guillen OF KC 14 Productive vet to miss first 15 games of '08.
Jacoby Ellsbury OF BOS 14 WS hero could help you carry SB on his own.
Ryan Garko 1B CLE 14 Blossomed into key run producer in '07
Aaron Hill 2B TOR 13 Newfound power could be neutralized by diminished patience.
Jack Cust OF OAK 13 Should provide legitimate power with regular AB.
Casey Kotchman 1B LAA 13 Power leaves much to be desired but has legit potential.
Scott Rolen 3B TOR 13 Will love Roger Centre, but can he stay healthy?
Eric Chavez 3B OAK 13 Talent is there, but he's a walking medical dictionary.
Curt Schilling SP BOS 12 Don't overpay for glory years.
Zack Greinke SP KC 12 Primed for breakthough year.
Phil Hughes SP NYY 12 Future ace needs only experience.
Kevin Youkilis 1B BOS 12 No fireworks here, just solid all-around production.
Gil Meche SP KC 12 Strong KC debut earned little fanfare.
Joe Blanton SP OAK 12 Rock-solid innings eater.

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