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2009 Fantasy Preview: Top 100
03/11/2009 9:00 AM ET
Below is a chart of the top 100 players ranked and covered in MLB.com's 2009 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 mixed-league play. We included projected stats for the 2009 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 2009 projections.
Dollar values based on standard 5x5 play, $260 budget per 23-man team.   
Mixed rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: AL T100 | NL T100
 Top 100 POS TM $$ Notes
Hanley Ramirez SS FLA 42 Prime power/speed option worth top dollar.
Albert Pujols 1B STL 41 Already the best, now with a healthy elbow.
David Wright 3B NYM 39 Five-tool stud poised to become top third baseman.
Jose Reyes SS NYM 39 Speedster offers all-category upside.
Ryan Braun OF MIL 35 Elite young slugger primed for MVP-caliber campaign.
Miguel Cabrera 1B, 3B DET 34 Adjustment to AL complete, primed for career year.
Grady Sizemore OF CLE 32 Multi-talented stud reaching prime years of career.
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY 31 Consistent slugger gets prime spot in Yankees lineup.
Josh Hamilton OF TEX 31 Could be in store for mammoth '09 numbers.
Jimmy Rollins SS PHI 31 Terrific value even without MVP-caliber numbers.
Ian Kinsler 2B TEX 30 Primed for huge year in Texas.
B.J. Upton OF TB 30 Will cost big bucks following October power show.
Lance Berkman 1B HOU 29 Reliable enough to overcome second-half slump.
Ryan Howard 1B PHI 29 Bank on massive HR, RBI totals.
Matt Holliday OF OAK 29 Won't drop off much following departure from Coors.
Chase Utley 2B PHI 28 Value hurt slightly by questionable health.
Alfonso Soriano OF CHC 28 Five-category stud one of game's best when healthy.
Carlos Beltran OF NYM 28 Sure thing to remain one of fantasy's top producers.
Carlos Lee OF HOU 28 Consistent source of terrific run production.
Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS 28 Should continue to thrive atop Boston's lineup.
Manny Ramirez OF FA 28 Future Hall of Famer showing no signs of age.
Evan Longoria 3B TB 27 Reigning AL ROY on fast track to stardom.
Carl Crawford OF TB 27 May have already reached five-category limits.
Johan Santana SP NYM 27 Remains top dog despite drop in strikeouts.
Carlos Quentin OF CWS 27 Good bet to sustain breakout '08 production.
Aramis Ramirez 3B CHC 27 RBI opps galore in hard-hitting Cubs lineup.
Matt Kemp OF LAD 26 Raw talent enough to overcome aggressive tendencies.
David Ortiz DH BOS 26 Healthy and ready to rebound with Big Papi numbers.
Tim Lincecum SP SF 26 Potential once-in-a-generation power arm.
Justin Morneau 1B MIN 26 Homers should rebound to MVP-season level.
CC Sabathia SP NYY 26 Should challenge for 20 wins in pinstripes.
Alex Rios OF TOR 26 Second-half showing foretells power rebound.
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY 26 Surgery to sideline slugger until at least late April.
Curtis Granderson OF DET 26 Elite outfielder in prime of career.
Brian McCann C ATL 25 Fantasy's top backstop entering prime years.
Prince Fielder 1B MIL 25 May not hit 50 jacks, but entering his prime.
Nick Markakis OF BAL 25 Burgeoning star primed for big numbers.
Jason Bay OF BOS 25 Should thrive in first full season in Boston.
Jacoby Ellsbury OF BOS 25 Speedster could improve in all major categories.
Jonathan Papelbon RP BOS 24 In terms of stuff and stats, as good as anyone.
Shane Victorino OF PHI 24 Speedster bordering on five-category studliness.
Vladimir Guerrero OF LAA 24 Veteran still wields plenty of thump.
Mariano Rivera RP NYY 24 Age can't slow him; bid with confidence.
Joe Nathan RP MIN 24 Comfortably entrenched among league's elite.
Adrian Gonzalez 1B SD 23 Should offer big-time production despite limited support.
Brandon Phillips 2B CIN 23 Fine all-around contributor at weak position.
Roy Halladay SP TOR 23 Toronto ace as good as it gets in AL.
Brandon Webb SP ARI 23 Ground-ball machine to draw Cy votes again.
Brian Roberts 2B BAL 23 Consistent source of quality production.
Corey Hart OF MIL 23 Rising star has top-tier potential if OBP improves.
Dan Haren SP ARI 23 Transitioned to NL without missing beat.
Ichiro Suzuki OF SEA 22 Veteran catalyst should reach usual benchmarks.
Russell Martin C, 3B LAD 22 May need reduced workload to regain top form.
Nate McLouth OF PIT 22 Capable of sustaining breakout '08 production.
Carlos Pena 1B TB 22 Should challenge for 40 homers again.
Geovany Soto C CHC 21 Reigning NL ROY verging on elite status as sophomore.
Derrek Lee 1B CHC 21 Big-time power gone, but sufficient skills remain.
Jake Peavy SP SD 21 Troubling arm injury trend limits Cy Young potential.
Joey Votto 1B CIN 21 Youngster already a polished offensive performer.
Chris Davis 1B, 3B TEX 21 Primed to emerge as big-time masher.
Joakim Soria RP KC 21 No longer a sleeper pick, but will produce.
Kevin Youkilis 1B, 3B BOS 21 Breakout not supported by underlying stats.
Chipper Jones 3B ATL 21 Superb bat mostly offsets injury risk.
Hunter Pence OF HOU 21 Offers intriguing power/speed possibilities.
Brad Lidge RP PHI 21 Won't be perfect again, but he's finally consistent.
Jay Bruce OF CIN 21 Big-time talent worth early roll of dice.
Bobby Abreu OF LAA 21 Likely to drop off after leaving NYY.
Francisco Rodriguez RP NYM 21 Can carry your team, even without 62 saves.
Cole Hamels SP PHI 20 Magical year doesn't wipe away injury record.
Josh Beckett SP BOS 20 Cy Young potential offsets injury concerns.
Magglio Ordonez OF DET 20 Still swings impressive bat at 35.
Ryan Ludwick OF STL 20 May not decline much after '08 breakout.
Jermaine Dye OF CWS 20 Takes full advantage of hitter-friendly home park.
Alexei Ramirez 2B, SS CWS 19 Versatility boosts already lofty value.
Cliff Lee SP CLE 19 Capable of another All-Star campaign.
James Shields SP TB 19 Just outside top tier of arms.
Roy Oswalt SP HOU 19 As reliable as they come.
Joe Mauer C MIN 19 Back woes bump him below elite group of catchers.
Johnny Damon OF NYY 19 Will be motivated in walk year of contract.
Aubrey Huff 3B, 1B BAL 19 Don't pay for '08 production.
Torii Hunter OF LAA 19 One of fantasy's steadiest contributors.
Felix Hernandez SP SEA 18 Continues slow progress to stardom.
Jose Valverde RP HOU 18 Finished '08 with a flourish; safer than most.
Ryan Doumit C PIT 18 Potential unquestioned, but needs to stay healthy.
Victor Martinez C, 1B CLE 18 Capable of rebounding from disappointing '08.
Adam Dunn OF, 1B WSH 18 Reliable source of elite power numbers.
Carlos Delgado 1B NYM 18 Wowed in '08, but decline is inevitable.
Garrett Atkins 3B, 1B COL 18 Must improve road numbers, plate discipline.
Dan Uggla 2B FLA 17 Top source of power at second base.
Javier Vazquez SP ATL 17 Value jumps with move to NL.
Francisco Liriano SP MIN 17 Young star will make up for lost time.
Scott Kazmir SP TB 17 Strikeout artist still honing control.
Derek Jeter SS NYY 17 Veteran SS still capable of quality production.
Brad Hawpe OF COL 17 Improved showing vs. LHP bodes well for '09.
Rafael Furcal SS LAD 17 Upside offsets injury risk.
Chad Billingsley SP LAD 17 Has emerged as Dodgers ace.
Vernon Wells OF TOR 17 Not always safe bet to live up to talent.
Andre Ethier OF LAD 17 Stage is set for breakout campaign.
Brian Fuentes RP LAA 17 Big finish to '08 a good sign, and new team helps.
Robinson Cano 2B NYY 16 Has skills to bounce back from disappointing '08.

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