Rangers Fantasy Countdown: No. 1


We've finally hit the top spot in our Texas Rangers fantasy countdown and there was total agreement on that player by ESPN.com fantasy gurus Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft.

No. 1: Adrian Beltre

Of course it's Beltre. He's been a consistent fantasy performer since he put on a Rangers uniform. He finds ways to drive in runs and produce in some form or fashion nearly every game. And while Beltre has had to manage his hamstrings, he has a track record of playing most of the season, too.

He bats cleanup in a lineup that should provide him a bunch of chances to drive in runs. That's a huge potential for fantasy points.

Karabell's thoughts: "Underrated for years but finally getting his due as a top-10 fantasy option, Beltre finished last season as fantasy's No. 14 hitter overall. He's aging gracefully and with Miguel Cabrera moving to first base, this is fantasy's top third baseman by quite a bit. The durable Beltre played in 161 games last season and remains a safe bet for a .300 batting average and big power numbers."

Recommended round: Late first

Cockcroft's thoughts: "A model of consistency, Beltre is the only third baseman to have managed at least a .275 batting average, 25 home runs and 75 RBIs in each of the past three years; and he has AVERAGED .312-33-100 numbers in those categories."

Recommended round: First

In other words: Don't wait around for Beltre to fall to you in the draft. If you want him, grab him.