Here are the top-10 first basemen from 2006. Again, these are not rankings, but just a look back at some of last year's top performers

1. Ryan Howard, Phillies


After winning the National League MVP in his first full season in the big leagues, what can Howard do for an encore? It will be tough to top his numbers from last year -- .313, 58 homers, 149 RBIs. A big factor will be the production of Pat Burrell, who is slated to hit behind Howard. While Burrell put up solid fantasy numbers in 2006, he was a nightmare with runners in scoring position, and pitchers threw around Howard more towards the end of the season.

2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals


He's the surest thing in fantasy baseball. Pujols had another typical season in 2006, hitting .331 with 49 homers and 137 RBIs. That makes four straight years where he's hit at least 40 bombs and batted at least .330. An absolute fantasy beast.

3. Lance Berkman, Astros

He didn't get as much hype as the top-two guys last year, but Berkman was nearly as good for Houston. He hit .313 to go along with career-highs 45 homers and 136 RBIs. Of the 152 games he played in, Berkman played first base in 112 of them.

4. David Ortiz, Red Sox

This one's a stretch, considering he only started four games at first base in 2006. But Big Papi set a career-high with 54 homers last year to go along with 137 RBIs. He's had at least 40 homers and 135 RBIs in three straight seasons.

5. Justin Morneau, Twins

Last year's AL MVP hit .321 with 34 homers and 130 RBIs. It was a monstrous leap for Minnesota's first baseman after he hit .239 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 2005.

6. Travis Hafner, Indians

Like Big Papi, Hafner is his team's everyday DH (he only played four games at first base last year), but I'm including him anyway. He hit .308 with 42 homers and 117 RBIs last year. Hafner's hit over .300 with at least 100 RBIs in three straight seasons.

7. Paul Konerko, White Sox

It's tough to find a more consistent performer during the past three seasons. Konerko posted a career-high .313 average to go along with 35 bombs and 113 RBIs last season.

8. Jim Thome, White Sox

Another DH candidate (where else was I supposed to mention these guys?). Thome had a major bounce-back season, slamming 42 homers to go along with 109 RBIs. In 59 games with the Phillies in 2005, Thome managed just seven homers, 30 RBIs and a .207 average.

9. Frank Thomas, Blue Jays

He's the only player on this list who had a change of scenery in the offseason. As Oakland's DH last year, Thomas hit 39 homers and 114 RBIs. The 38-year-old will now try to repeat that performance in Toronto.

10. Mark Teixeira, Rangers

After hitting just nine homers in the first half of 2006, Teixeira came on strong, finishing the season with 33 homers and 110 RBIs. He's had at least 30 homers and 110 RBIs in three straight seasons.

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