The "Hebrew Hammer" Can Carry Your Fantasy Baseball Team

Joe KleiberCorrespondent IJune 4, 2008

Last year, the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun was called up in May, and never looked back. He was a great asset for fantasy teams who found waiver-wire gold with him.

He single-handedly won many teams fantasy championships when he finished the year with an astounding .324 average, with 34 home runs, 97 RBI, 91 runs, and 15 stolen bases. It won him the Rookie of the Year Award in the NL, barely topping Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki.

Some people expected a letdown, and said it wasn't possible for Braun to keep it up, that he may have a " sophomore slump." However, Braun continues to prove people wrong.

What gives Braun such great value for fantasy teams is his position eligibility in the outfield and as a third baseman. Braun is hitting .296 with 16 homers, 44 RBI, 32 runs, and two stolen bases. Braun's 16 home runs and 44 RBI lead all fantasy third baseman.

Now that Prince Fielder is starting to heat up, Braun will see even more pitches to hit. Once Mike Cameron and Rickie Weeks stop striking out almost every at-bat (92 Ks between them), Braun will have even more RBI opportunities. It's only a matter of time until Braun is considered a No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts, and the Brewers young lineup will be fantasy gold for years to come.