Friday, May 31, 2013

Fantasy Baseball - Marvelous May's

We are now 50+ games into the regular season and the divisions are starting to take shape.  The American League East will continue to beat itself up with the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Rays fighting for the division and that wildcard spot.  4 enter, only 2 will survive!  Just 3 games separates the 4 teams.  The AL Central looks like a real good battle between the Tigers & Indians.  The loser will hope to earn that other wildcard play-in slot.  The West is just a mess and should be an easy division title for the Texas Rangers.  Oakland will give them a run but in the end I think they will come up just short.  Like the Athletics, the Angels are 8-2 in their last 10 games and 8.5 games out, so don't be surprised if they make a push for the top spot.

Over in the National League the Atlanta Braves are the clear favorites in the East and unless the Nationals clean their act up, they might just miss out on one of the wildcard spots because the Pirates and Reds will be in the hunt in the Central with the Rockies and Giants coming out of the West.  The St. Louis Cardinals are the clear cut favorites in the National League to make the World Series with top pitching and hitting.  The NL West will be fun to follow through the All-Star break with the Diamondbacks, Giants and Rockies each trying to separate themselves from the pack.

Miguel Cabrera continues to be the best player in the world while Chris Davis continues to hit the ball out of this universe!  Miggy has 15 homers and 59 RBi in 52 games, while maintaining a .369 batting average!  Back to back triple crowns will only be prevented by Chris Davis who now has 19 home runs and 50 RBI with a .353 average!  Clearly Davis can't possibly keep this up, but the power has always been there so he COULD out slug Cabrera. 

Mike Trout will finish May as the 3rd most productive fantasy player and the #1 outfielder.  He is living up to the unrealistic expectations of a young hitter and continues to be better than Bryce Harper, who is currently the 35th ranked outfielder and just barely in the top 100.  Right behind Trout is Carlos Gonzalez who has actually scored more runs than Trout and nearly matched him in all other offensive categories, and has been a nice consolation prize to those who skipped Trout or didn't have the luxury of drafting him back in March.

Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt and Adam Jones are doing exactly what everyone drafted them to do, but it's the next guy on the list who continues to impress.  Manny Machado is still the second best option at third base behind only the great Miguel Cabrera.  He is outperforming the guys who were drafted rounds earlier like Evan Longoria and David Wright thanks to 25 doubles!  Third base has really disappointed early on with just 9 guys in the top 100, granted 4 of those 9 are in the top 25 and 7 in the top 50.

Rounding out the top 10, Dustin Pedroia has surpassed Brandon Phillips (12th overall) and has been a catalyst to the hot Red Sox start to a season people thought was lost before it even began! 

Looking into the top 25 players, we have a pretty good variety of positions with 7 outfielders, 6 first basemen, 5 pitchers, 4 third basemen, 2 second basemen and a lone shortstop.  There are no catchers in the top 25.  Troy Tulowitzki is that lone shortstop and is so far ahead of the pack that it's unfair.  The only other SS you will find in the top 50 is Jean Segura (44th) thanks to a .358 batting average.

Of the 13 pitchers in the top 50, we have seen a nice rotation of guys like Clayton Kershaw, Clay Buchholz, Felix Hernandez, Yu Darvish, Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Harvey and Patrick Corbin cracking the top 25.

St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter, Matt Carpenter, continues to impress and is the best second baseman not named Pedroia, Phillips, or Robinson Cano.  His 17 doubles and .310 batting average has lead to a position high 42 runs scored.  He also has one of the better eyes at the plate drawing 27 walks, only behind Pedroia's 32.

You won't find a catcher on this list until the #55 where you find Joe Mauer just a couple slots ahead of Buster Posey (68th).  Outside of these two usual suspects all you have at the catcher position this season is Carlos Santana and Yadier Molina.  No other catchers crack the top 100.  That being said you do have power at the position in Evan Gattis, J.P. Arencibia and Wilin Rosario.

Looking at the bottom half of this list, I really like what Domonic Brown has been doing for the Phillies as of late.  Brown his .295 in May crushing 10 home runs and driving in 21 runs but oddly enough did not draw one walk in 105 ABs. 


PlayerTeamPosPoints
Miguel CabreraDET3B343
Chris DavisBAL1B312
Mike TroutLAAOF296
Carlos GonzálezCOLOF289
Joey VottoCIN1B280
Paul GoldschmidtARI1B272
Adam JonesBALOF262
Manny MachadoBAL3B262
Dustin PedroiaBOS2B261
Justin MastersonCLEP257.5
Edwin EncarnaciónTOR1B254
Brandon PhillipsCIN2B250
Troy TulowitzkiCOLSS249
Félix HernándezSEAP247.7
Josh DonaldsonOAK3B246
Shin-Soo ChooCINOF246
Yu DarvishTEXP245.7
Adam WainwrightSTLP245
Prince FielderDET1B245
Evan LongoriaTB3B243
Justin UptonATLOF243
Mike NapoliBOS1B242
Jordan ZimmermannWASP241.9
Mark TrumboLAAOF241
Alex GordonKCOF239

PlayerTeamPosPoints
Hunter PenceSFOF237
Clay BuchholzBOSP236.9
Andrew McCutchenPITOF236
José BautistaTOROF235
Robinson CanóNYY2B235
Clayton KershawLADP233.7
David WrightNYM3B233
Nick MarkakisBALOF233
Matt HarveyNYMP232
Patrick CorbinARIP231.2
Matt CarpenterSTL2B231
Ryan BraunMILOF231
Cliff LeePHIP230.9
Anthony RizzoCHC1B229
Adrián BéltreTEX3B228
Mark ReynoldsCLE3B228
Mike MinorATLP227.4
Jacoby EllsburyBOSOF227
Jean SeguraMILSS226
Allen CraigSTL1B223
Jay BruceCINOF223
Álex RíosCWSOF222
Carlos GómezMILOF221
Max ScherzerDETP220.7
Lance LynnSTLP219

PlayerTeamPosPoints
Matt HollidaySTLOF219
Everth CabreraSDSS216
Ben ZobristTBOF215
Dexter FowlerCOLOF215
Joe MauerMINC215
Matt MooreTBP215
Anibal SánchezDETP214.5
Albert PujolsLAA1B214
Starling MartePITOF214
Hyun-Jin RyuLADP212.9
Pablo SandovalSF3B212
Daniel NavaBOSOF211
Hisashi IwakumaSEAP209.9
Daniel MurphyNYM2B209
Nelson CruzTEXOF208
Jon LesterBOSP207.4
Adrián GonzálezLAD1B206
Buster PoseySFC206
Justin VerlanderDETP206
Kendrys MoralesSEA1B206
Alex CobbTBP205.4
Carlos SantanaCLEC205
Coco CrispOAKOF205
Desmond JenningsTBOF205
Gerardo ParraARIOF204

PlayerTeamPosPoints
Howie KendrickLAA2B204
A.J. BurnettPITP203.5
David OrtizBOS1B203
Justin MorneauMIN1B203
Torii HunterDETOF203
Brett GardnerNYYOF202
Elvis AndrusTEXSS202
Nate McLouthBALOF202
Kyle SeagerSEA3B201
Jason KipnisCLE2B200
Hiroki KurodaNYYP199.4
Mat LatosCINP199.4
Kelly JohnsonTB2B198
Brandon CrawfordSFSS197
Travis WoodCHCP197
Asdrubal CabreraCLESS196
Carlos BeltránSTLOF196
Jhonny PeraltaDETSS196
Yadier MolinaSTLC196
Jake PeavyCWSP195.4
Bryce HarperWASOF195
Domonic BrownPHIOF195
James LoneyTB1B195
Michael CuddyerCOLOF195


How are fantasy points calculated?

Hitters:
Singles - 1pt
Doubles - 2pts
Triples - 3pts
Homeruns - 2pts
RBI - 2pts
Runs Scored - 2pts
Walks - 1pt
Stolen Bases - 1pt

Pitchers:
Win - 10 pts
Innings Pitched - 2 pts
Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt)
Strike Outs - .5pt

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