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Top 12 @ 12

Fantasy contributor Adam Meyer provides owners the Top 12 fantasy baseball matchups of the day in his 12 @ 12 feature.

Updated: 4/24/2013

By the end of your league's fantasy baseball draft, the top-tier options at each position have found a new home. The players that remain on your league's waiver wire will most likely be recycled over the course of the next six months. It's this group of second, third, and, in some cases, fourth tier options, that owners want to learn about when they seek an upgrade at a specific position. So, to remove the majority of fantasy baseball clutter, I'll be publishing updated positional player rankings throughout the season, concentrating on players widely available on the waiver wire. To start, I focused on infielders owned in roughly less than 70 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. Next to some players' names, I've added notes with some recent valuable stats and/or trends to assist owners eager to make a move.  These will be updated periodically throughout the 2013 season.

 

Rank Catchers Notes
1 J.P. Arencibia, Tor Hitting .268 with eight home runs and 15 RBI. The BA won't stay that high, but could hit 30-plus HR at that rate.
2 Evan Gattis, Atl The former ski lift operator has hit six home runs this season. McCann return doesn't mean we say goodbye.
3 Salvador Perez, KC The .258 BA much lower than owners had anticipated and/or hoped for in 2013.
4 Jonathan Lucroy, Mil Hits in seven out of his last eight games (4/24)
5 Carlos Ruiz, Phi Returning from suspension
6 Wellington Castillo, ChC Hitting over .300 with a .350 OBP despite no walks and 17 strikeouts
7 Jesus Montero, Sea  
8 Russell Martin, Pit Only hitting .241, but tore the cover off the ball in last week (4/24) with 12 hits (two doubles and two home runs)
9 A.J. Ellis, LAD  
10 Devin Mesoraco, Cin  
11 Nick Hundley, SD  
12 Alex Avila, Det  
13 John Jaso, Oak  
14 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Bos  
15 Ryan Doumit, Min  
16 Chris Iannetta, LAA  
17 Kurt Suzuki, Was  
18 Tyler Flowers, CWS  
19 Erik Kratz, Phi  
20 Robert Brantly, Mia  
21 Chris Stewart, NYY  
22 Mike Zunino, Sea  
Rank First Basemen Notes
1 Lance Berkman, Tex Some knee issues (again), but still raking .333 with a .463 OBP (4/24)
2 Matt Carpenter, StL Before the end of the season, he may be eligible at every position.
3 Justin Morneau, Min Was hitting .308 on April 8, but down to .235
4 Chris Johnson, ATL An early-season surrprise with a .397 batting average 9 runs and 7 RBI (4/24)
5 Mark Reynolds, Cle not 3B eligible on FS.com (10 games needed)
6 Kendry Morales, Sea  
7 Ike Davis, NYM Hitting .164 with three home runs and six RBI … we're waiting
8 Eric Hosmer, KC  
9 Adam LaRoche, Was  
10 Adam Dunn, CWS Ownership has dipped below 50 percent on FOXSports.com
11 Daniel Murphy, NYM  
12 Brandon Moss, Oak Hitting .299 with 16 RBI
13 Chris Carter, Hou  
14 Yonder Alonso, SD  
15 Greg Dobbs, Mia  
16 Todd Helton, Col  
17 Carlos Pena, Hou  
18 Mitch Moreland, Tex  
19 Garrett Jones, Pit  
20 Corey Hart, Mil DL late-May return
21 James Loney, TB  
22 Mike Carp, Bos  
23 Jason Giambi, Cle  
Rank Second Basemen Notes
1 Neil Walker, Pit Hitting .264 with a .346 OBP, 7 runs and 8 RBI
2 Daniel Murphy, NYM Hitting .357 with 2 home runs and 13 RBI (4/24)
3 Mark Ellis, LAD Hitting .358 with 2 home runs (same game) and 11 RBI
4 Marco Scutaro, SF  
5 Yuniesky Betancourt, Mil A Halpin deep-legue favorite - provides some decent pop and average
6 Eric Sogard, Oak Greg Maddux's child (we think) and a, meh, batting average if you are desperate
7 Chris Nelson, Col  
8 Emilio Bonifacio, Tor  
9 Chris Getz, KC  
10 Dustin Ackley, Sea  
11 Darwin Barney, ChC  
12 Steve Lombardozzi, Was  
13 Omar Infante, Det  
14 Ronny Cedeno, Hou  
15 Donovan Solano, Mia  
16 Jedd Gyorko, SD  
17 Josh Rutledge, Col  
18 Jamey Carroll, Min  
19 Kelly Johnson, TB  
20 Alexia Amarista, SD  
Rank Shortstops Notes
1 Asdrubal Cabrera, Cle Shocked his ownership dipped below 70 percent - he'll be fine
2 Jean Segura, Mil I'm on Team Segura - great speed (SBs) and batting average
3 Brandon Crawford, SF Continues to produce for the Giants - 4 home runs to date (4/24)
4 Jhonny Peralta, Det  
5 Marco Scutaro, SF  
6 Yuniesky Betancourt, Mil  
7 Everth Cabrera, SD Six stolen bases (3 CS) with a higher batting average than 2012
8 J.J. Hardy, Bal  
9 Alexei Ramirez, CWS  
10 Pete Kozma, StL  
11 Zach Cozart, Cin  
12 Ruben Tejada, NYM  
13 Eric Sogard, Oak  
14 Didi Gregorius, Ari Light hitting, but has provided some early pop post minor league call-up
15 Brendan Ryan, Sea  
16 Ronny Cedeno, Hou  
17 Andrelton Simmons, Atl  
18 Derek Jeter, NYY Scheduled to return post-All-Star break
19 Clint Barmes, Pit  
20 Yunel Escobar, TB  
21 Devaris Gordon, LAD At Triple-A, but raking - keep tabs on a possible call-up
Rank Third Basemen Notes
1 Kyle Seager, Sea After slow start, bat starting to heat up - in the midst of 13-game hit streak (4/24)
2 Chris Johnson, Atl Short-term investment - An early-season surrprise with a .397 batting average 9 runs and 7 RBI (4/24)
3 Matt Carpenter, StL  
4 Manny Machado, Bal Up to 14 RBIs on the seaosn with a .276 batting average - definitely worthy of a long look at CI
5 Mark Reynolds, Cle not 3B eligible on FS.com (10 games needed)
6 Trevor Plouffe, Min  
7 Juan Francisco, Atl  
8 Pedro Alvarez, Pit Power - that's about it - just no guarantee when it's going to happen
9 Mike Moustakas, KC Will he ever turn it on? A .158 batting average is not getting it done.
10 Yuniesky Betancourt, Mil  
11 Placido Polanco, Mia  
12 Luis Jimenez, LAA Minor league replacement for Alberto Callaspo (DL) - hitting .343 in 35 at bats (12-35)
13 Chris Nelson, Col  
14 Josh Donaldson, Oak  
15 Greg Dobbs, Mia  
16 Eric Sogard, Oak  
17 Conor Gillaspie, CWS  
18 Jordan Pacheco, Col  
19 Anthony Rendon, Was  
20 Matt Dominguez, Hou  
Tagged: Brewers, Aramis Ramirez, Alexei Ramirez, Orioles, Red Sox, Angels, White Sox, Indians, Tigers, Twins, Yankees, Athletics, Mariners, Blue Jays, Braves, Reds, Astros, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, Padres, Rockies, Marlins, Rays, Michael Young, Carlos Pena, Michael Cuddyer, John Buck, Jeff Keppinger, Mark Ellis, Carlos Ruiz, Chris Iannetta, Chris Stewart, Mark Reynolds, Jed Lowrie, Chris Davis, Chris Johnson, Chris Carter, John Jaso, Alex Avila, Chris Nelson, Josh Donaldson, Pirates, Marco Scutaro, Greg Dobbs, Yuniesky Betancourt, Ronny Cedeno, Kelly Johnson, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Mike Carp, Eric Sogard, Royals, Nationals, Giants, Ryan Doumit, Brendan Ryan, Ryan Hanigan, Chris Getz, David Freese, Wilson Ramos

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