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Baseball's Best Leadoff Hitters

Dexter Fowler Cubs Baseball's Best Leadoff Hitter

Having a reliable leadoff hitter is important once a game. But these guys also get the most opportunities at the plate so you better make sure that guy can hit in any situation, as well as being a spark plug in the 1st inning. Every team has a different approach with their leadoff hitter.  Some managers just slot their fastest player at the top of their lineup, while other managers make sure whoever is leading off, has a high on base percentage.

Dexter Fowler may only be hitting .254 on the year, but his .350 OBP has led to 80 runs scored!  That is good for 5th best in the MLB.  His 65 walks is good for 9th.  He has seen just 12 ABs outside of the leadoff spot in the Chicago Cubs batting order.

Fowler has been hot since the All-Star break, and totaled 161 fantasy points, good for 10th best in the MLB.  He is hittin g.316 with 16 XBH and 29 base on balls which has led to 26 runs scored!

Curtis Granderson also has 161 2nd half fantasy points, helping the New York Mets take first place in the National League East over the Washington Nationals.  Granderson has hit 9 home runs since the break and picked up 23 RBI.  He is one of 13 players to score 20 runs and drive in 20 runs post All-Star.  The Mets have been running Juan Lagares out of the leadoff spot against lefties lately, sliding Granderson down a spot..

Dexter FowlerCubs109433502112226138035621051770.259468
Charlie BlackmonRockies109444497129246136646358430120.291467
Curtis GrandersonMets10942648710821122634953116640.254436
Manny MachadoOrioles9437641711721121625038591150.311434
Dee GordonMarlins10545047515118725935177040140.336430
Adam EatonWhite Sox112446502117208107032431021240.262422
Jason KipnisIndians88351410119315662354561980.339414
Brian DozierTwins89355398912432265503389830.256414
Alcides EscobarRoyals1104625011251732653721521250.271387
Mookie BettsRed Sox77333367862259494826441030.258357
Jose AltuveAstros823473751071506444119362290.308339
Billy BurnsAthletics873693941091372512719632450.295337
Ender InciarteDiamondbacks763333541011833492713421270.303305
Jose ReyesBlue Jays/Rockies71297320871805383517381630.293289
Jacoby EllsburyYankees7230133682826462626551570.272285
Ben ReverePhillies/Blue Jays76322340961240422016321850.298274
Gregory PolancoPirates64269303731644392432511080.271269
Joc PedersonDodgers6725930256911633303689130.216246
Nori AokiGiants6927830985913342124161250.306245
Denard SpanNationals59237265721505372224261100.304245
Brett GardnerYankees4719021656152740272352510.295244
Jace PetersonBraves6526029660173328332967770.231244
Matt CarpenterCardinals40160180541601234291929110.338228
Brandon PhillipsReds62271285731015342311301120.269226
Delino DeshieldsRangers58227262571061381627571040.251225
Anthony GoseTigers58239254681242351514661560.285219

Stats via FanGraphs 

Singles - 1pt
Doubles - 2pts
Triples - 3pts
Home runs - 2pts
RBI - 2pts
Runs scored - 2pts
Walks - 1pt
Stolen Bases - 1pt