Fantasy Baseball: Jose Bautista, Roy Halladay and the All-Fantasy Team
The baseball season is coming up on its third month. Man, how time flies.
Fantasy gamers are either banging their heads into the wall or jumping for joy after seeing their first couple of picks produce—or not—in the first 40 games.
The key for a lot of leagues is to find sleepers in the late rounds. It is the Curtis Grandersons (ADP 70ish) and the James Shields (ADP 209) that makes teams winners.
It is also good to have some good blue-chip guys atop your team. For the first two months of the regular season, here is my All-Fantasy Team.
C: Russell Martin
Let's start off with a sleeper, why don't we? Russell Martin has not only been a sleeper for fantasy baseball owners, but for the Yankees as well.
Martin was signed to be a backup/starter to split time with Jorge Posada. Through two months, he has turned into the team's No. 1.
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez is looking like he is worth all the prospects and money Boston gave up to get him. It seemed like he was the only batter in the lineup for the first couple weeks in Boston.
He is certainly the pivotal factor in the team turning around its season.
2B: Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano has been the best second baseman in the league for a few seasons now. If he keeps up his numbers, he may finally get that AL MVP award.
One stat to note: Cano is only hitting .259 in the bandbox known as Yankee Stadium.
3B: Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre and Michael Young have both had outstanding starts to their seasons. Young was kicked out of his 3B duties when Texas signed Beltre this offseason, but Young has been hitting fine as the team's new DH.
Beltre gets the edge here because of his ability to crank one out the park.
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
Along with being the top SS in the league, Asdrubal Cabrera may currently be the best overall player in fantasy baseball.
After hitting only nine HR combined over the past two seasons, Cabrera has 10 in 46 games.
Outfield: Jose Bautista
Still think Jose Bautista's 2010 season was a fluke? Bautista is on pace to shatter his 2010 stats and put up 65 HR in 2011.
32 RBI for 19 HR is a little interesting though. Can he produce in the clutch? With RISP, he is only hitting .188.
Outfield: Curtis Granderson
Add Curtis Granderson to the mid-round "steal" lot. Granderson has possibly been the best Yankees hitter so far, and that's saying something with that lineup.
Granderson has used the bandbox that is known as Yankee Stadium to his full advantage thus far.
Outfield: Matt Kemp
After a mildly disappointing 2010 season, Matt Kemp looks to be back on track so far in 2011.
His average is right around where it should be all season long. Hitting .228 in May, that overall .308 average still looks mighty fine.
UTIL: Lance Berkman
I just had to find a spot for Lance Berkman on this list. He is having an unbelievable season, just when everyone started to think he was washed up.
After failing to receive the playing time he needed in New York, Berkman is making the Cardinals organization look like geniuses.
SP: Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay is having quite an encore season to his 2010 Cy Young campaign, but what did you expect from the the 13-year veteran.
Doc could easily have another two or three wins this season if the Phillies offense was more consistent.
RP: Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez has been one of the lonely bright spots for the New York Mets this season. His 15 saves are second only to Leo Nunez.
K-Rod has not been himself lately but might have found his form from Los Angeles when he was the game's top closer.