Fantasy Baseball: Searching for Ben Zobrist—2010's Unexpected Stars

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Fantasy Baseball: Searching for Ben Zobrist—2010's Unexpected Stars

The fantasy baseball world is fictionally cruel.

In the preseason, an owner will endlessly study players to get the best value in his or her draft.

During the draft, an owner battles ulcer-like stomach pains hoping the players he “scouted” fall to their allotted slots.

During the season, an owner will either wait patiently for his prospects to pan out or dump them after they start 1-for-20.

In the end, like the MLB season, an owner’s strategy works out and he/she takes home the championship, or things don’t work out and he/she is one of the multiple losers.

For the losing owners, their only glory comes from the “sleeper” they selected that significantly impacted the league.

Last season, the anomaly was Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ben Zobrist.

Zobrist, at age 28, hit .297 with 27 homers, 91 RBI, 91 runs, and 17 stolen bases and finished very high in fantasy rankings.

The biggest surprise about Zobrist is he did not get drafted in many leagues—I assume he did not get drafted because in The Super League, which is the 16-team, 5x5, head-to-head, 23 active roster spots league that I participate in, nobody drafted the Rays’ MVP.

That means 464 players were selected ahead of Zobrist.

The fantasy baseball season hit its midway point last week, and it’s a bit murky on who’s this year’s Ben Zobrist.

Based on The Super League’s draft, 29 rounds, and CBSsports.com's current rankings, I tried to find the next Zobrist—a player not drafted or drafted very late that is making an impact.

Here is who I found.

Note: If you're curious what The Super League is, check out www.thesuperleague.net.

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