I already did the catchers, 2nd basemen, shortstops, 3rd basemen, outfielders and starters to target for 2009 fantasy baseball.  I skipped the 1st basemen on purpose because I don’t think you should be taking a flier on 1st basemen.  You need some anchors for your hitting.  Then someone commented yesterday asking for the 1st basemen to target and the course of Razzball history was changed forever, like when Marty got into that DeLorean.  I haven’t changed my mind that you shouldn’t be taking a flier on a 1st basemen, but sometimes things are out of your control or you need a corner man or a Utility guy.  This is a supplement to the top 20 1st basemen of 2009 fantasy baseball.  If you’re feeling especially industrious, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2009 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 1st basemen to target for 2009 fantasy baseball:

Chris Duncan – Colby Rasmus has moved above him on the depth charts, but I think Duncan still gets 300 ABs and nears 20 HRs.  Unless LaRussa doesn’t want anyone coaching his pitching staff.  Dave Duncan, “Muahahahahahahaha…” Pause.  Duncan, “And you know that!”

Mike Jacobs – He’ll probably hit .250 and batting in the Royals order will do him no favors, but he could hit 30 HRs and have one of those lucky BABIP years and end up hitting .275.  Though I wouldn’t team him up with a Dunn, Krispie or Uggla-type.

Casey Kotchman – Kendry Morales minus 3 home runs.

Kendry Morales – Casey Kotchman plus 3 home runs.  See how that worked.

James Loney – Is he that different than Conor Jackson?  Rhetorical!

Paul Konerko – Konerko hit 9 HRs in the month of September last year.  ZIPS has him for 25 HRs, hitting .269 in 502 ABs.  That seems doable.  He had a very unlucky 2008 with injuries and BABIP.  He’s only 33; he just seems like a non-Latin 45.

Nick Swisher – I wouldn’t shy away from Swisher because of projected playing time.  I think he takes the job from Nady when Nady’s exploited for not being what he was last year.  The bigger issue with Swisher is he might hit .235.

Billy Butler – Bust can refer to Butler’s major league career thus far or his moobs.  I haven’t talked that much about Butler thus far in 2009.  Potential for 20 HRs and a .300 average.  He’s crushing the ball so far in spring training.  Exciting, huh?  Yeah, he crushed the ball in spring training last year and ended up demoted to the minors on May 29th.  He’s still very young so we shouldn’t write him off as a March-only hitter. (George Steinbrenner once referred to Dave Winfield as Mr. May because of his early season exploits.  What’s someone called who only hits well in spring training?  Mr. Grapefruit.  He’s not just hot.  He’s not just red hot.  He’s ruby red hot!) For this year with Billy Butler, I think Mr. Grapefruit can carry his tart sweetness into the regular season and not turn sour.

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY;where is konerko,nallasco,danks and nelson cruz going in early 12 team 5×5 roto`s, also whats your take on zimmerman and hanson

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:

    as for the subject at hand, i really like konerko and also look for butler to improve enough to help me out,morales dumb as he may be,looks to be a fine late pick,ive about given up on kotch,had him for past 2 or 3 years pegged to break out,with bad results

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Zimmerman who? Ryan? Jordan? I just did a post on both. Search on the left hand side. Konerko’s going way after those guys, so he’s the best value. Nolasco’s going anywhere from 7th to 10th round, he’s being overrated and Danks is going for good value somewhere in the 11th to 14th rounds. Cruz is being overrated by some, he also has a post on the site. Put down the nip and search.

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: sorry for the lack of research,been trying some mock draft,thanks for the direction,the left side has shed some light for me,as for the nip ,ive only had 1 beer thus far today,see im behind in more than just my research,one more question,3rd pick 12 team 5×5 roto,reyes wright,cabrera or sizemore,,kind of scared to go with reyes and pass on power numbers that early,,thanks again

  5. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: My two cents: Take Reyes. (In this order: Reyes, Wright, Cabrera, Sizemore.)

    Reyes could/should get you 15 HRs. So that’s, say, 20 HRs, less than Wright or Cabrera. Significant.

    He’ll steal 60 bags, which is 40 more than Wright and 50 more than Cabrera. More significant.

    You can make up the 20 HRs elsewhere much more easily than you can the 40 bags.

  6. Pete says:

    Where did you get the info on Rasmus passing Duncan? I think Duncan may be considered the starter?

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I agree with the Baron.

    @Pete: From St. Louis Dispatch, “If Skip Schumaker makes a successful conversion to second base while Joe Mather holds down third, the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.” Rasmus fits better in as the ninth guy in the order rather than Duncan. Duncan appears to be the fourth OF. Obviously not set in stone as of right now, as spring is still underway.

  8. mikey boy324 says:

    grey i got my 2nd draft this sunday this is the only league im in where strikeouts count against you with that being said where would you rank ryan howard?

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: thanks the reasurence was needed,cant wait for the [email protected]Baron Von Vulturewins: good to here,i wanted him but wasnt sure if in these deaper leagues i`d regret [email protected]mikey boy324: tough call,im in one where k`s count against hitters,the guy with howard usually will then load up on power numbers and forget the k`s cat.

  10. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: “The opening for Rasmus appears to widen.”

    I challenge every novelist in America to include this sentence in every novel written for the next 100 years.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. The opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

  12. peter says:

    @”The opening for Rasmus appears to widen.”

    …on the same team as Pujols, no less. Zing! Can I get a little Asdrubal?

  13. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as the opening for Rasmus appeared to widen.*

    *Yes, tense variations are permissible.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m your worst nightmare. An 8 year old with a badge. The opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

    EDIT: Misquote.

  15. peter says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: From Salinger’s locked-up manuscript:

    “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.”

  16. agarthered says:


  17. agarthered says:

    “We were somewhere in the desert near Barstow when the drugs began to take hold, the opening for Rasmus appears to widen”

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    Parting is such sweet sorrow as the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

  19. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @agarthered: I think that’s how the actual book really goes. I’m sure Mr. Gonzo saw a few openings widen on that trip.

  20. A simple pill can increase the size of a certain part of the male body as the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

  21. Doc says:

    Mr. Lebowski, this is Fred Dynarski with the Southern Cal Bowling League. I just got a, an informal report, uh, that a uh, a member of your team, uh, Walter Sobchak, drew a loaded weapon during league play– as the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

  22. Doug Ault says:

    Maybe this isn’t the best time to pump up Butler……..but now that the hype has diminished he’ll probably deliver

  23. You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips
    And there’s no tenderness anymore in your fingertips
    Your trying hard not to show it baby
    But baby, baby i know this
    You’ve lost that loving feeling, whoa that loving feeling
    You’ve lost that loving feeling as the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

  24. Doug Ault says:

    @Rudy:simply righteous

  25. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Is it me you’re looking for?
    I can see it in your eyes
    I can see it in your smile
    You’re all I’ve ever wanted
    And my arms are open wide
    Because you know just what to say
    And you know just what to do
    As the opening for Rasmus appears to widen

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    They see me rollin’,
    They hatin’,
    Patrolling they tryin’ to catch me Rasmus appears to widen dirty,
    Tryin to catch me widen dirty,
    Tryin to catch me widen dirty,
    Tryin to catch me widen dirty,
    Tryin to catch me widen dirty.

  27. Steve says:

    … I didn’t even have to use my AK
    Today was a good day
    As the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

  28. Doc says:

    @ Doug: Maybe this isn’t the best time to pump up Butler……..but now that the hype has diminished he’ll probably deliver as the opening for Rasmus appears to widen

  29. big o says:

    niagra falls .
    slowly , i turn ,
    step by step ,
    inch by inch ,
    and ,
    “the opening for rasmus appears to widen” .

  30. BigFatHippo says:

    Haha, you guys made my day after a particularly stressfull one. Thank you all.

  31. Juice says:

    @Grey: Daniel Murphy is tearing it iz-up nephew. Would waste a waiver claim on ’em? H2H Points League.

  32. It was the best of Rasmus, it was the worst of Rasmus. We had everything before Rasmus, we had nothing before Rasmus, – in short, the opening for Rasmus appears to widen, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Mind the Gap, the opening for Rasmus appears to widen larger than it appears.

    @Juice: No.

  34. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: March unleashed a torrent of rainfall after an abnormally dry winter. The opening for Rasmus then descended and was held in place by a swirling wind that appeared to widen the Gorge from Eastern Oregon.

  35. JR says:

    With this,
    the great seriousness commences,
    when the proper interrogative mark is set up,
    the opening for Ramus appears to widen,
    the fate of the soul changes,
    the hour-hand moves,
    and tragedy begins…

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend
    Grendel who haunted the moors, the wild
    Marshes, and made his home in a hell.
    Not hell but hell on earth. He was spawned in that slime
    Of Cain, murderous creatures banished
    By God, punished forever for the crime
    The opening for Ramus appears to widen.

  37. BigFatHippo says:

    I did love you once.

    Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so

    You should not have believed me….I loved you not.

    I was the more decieved

    Ophelia, the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

    Ofeelya own crotch for a change, you creep

  38. Freak says:

    I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum as the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

  39. Doc says:

    Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul the opening for Rasmus appears to widen

  40. BigFatHippo says:

    @Freak: @Doc: This is getting completely out of hand, I love it………….

    One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bind the opening for rasmus, that appears to widen.

  41. LOL outta control

  42. BigFatHippo says:

    Twas the Kings Castration day and the King was giving a ball
    One of his own
    The counts, no accounts and discounts were all sitting around
    shooting the camel shit,
    for in those days, bullshit was unheard of.

    David approached the King and said King
    where’s the Queen?

    The Queens’s in bed with diphtheria.

    That little Greek bastard?

    For this, David was thrown to the lions den
    whereupon David replied

    Oooh, that tickles, and the opening for Rasmus appears to widen.

    What tickles?

    Testicles tickle, for the lions were licking David’s balls.

    For this, David was summoned forth
    whereupon David slipped on a lion’s turd and came in 5th.

    The turd flew at random, but Random ducked and the turd hit the King square in the face.

    The King yelled “SHIT”

    and 40,000 loyal Subjects squatted in strain……..

    For in those days, Kings word was Law.

  43. Josh says:

    Call me Ishmael. Some Years ago- never mind how long precisely- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the opening for Rasmus that appears to widen.

  44. James says:

    Do you guys expect Rasmus to get the full time gig as the season goes on?

  45. mc search says:

    just stone cold loco shizz….lol over and over again…thank you boys.

  46. allimo says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that the opening for Rasmus appears to widen, thank you very much.

  47. Freak says:

    @James: It has been said that the opening for Rasmus appears to be widening.

  48. cubbies299 says:

    Great talkers are trying to fill the gap between themselves and others, but only widen the gap for Rasmus.

  49. Steve says:

    There are many reasons for visiting Razzball. Widening the opening for Rasmus appears to be one of them.

  50. Pops says:

    But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
    That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
    Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered –
    Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before –
    On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
    Then the bird said, `the opening for Rasmus appears to be widening.’

  51. Yak says:

    Trade Morneau for Mauer and VWells? Morneau is at Util and I would be replacing Napoli at C. Is Mauer’s injury something to be worried about? I also have Weiters.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Yak: I wouldn’t make that trade.

  53. Freak says:

    @BigFatHippo: Aaron Miles was the last Cardinal to get 5 hits in ST. Hahahohohehe. That can’t be a good omen.

  54. BigFatHippo says:

    @Freak: Miles was a fan favorite though, we loves us some utility players……………..

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doug Ault: Was that a Hippo playing the opening for Rasmus appears to widen? Nice.

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