2010 Fantasy All-Stars, All-Scars, All-Sleepers and All-Keepers
We have over three months of baseball in the books, so it's time to again build our All-Star Break fantasy squads. We'll look at fantasy's All-Stars, players topping each position through the first half. We'll then examine the All-Scars, the high fantasy picks that have spent three months crippling your teams. Next we'll move to our All-Sleepers team, filled with the late-round picks that paid off big time over the first half. Lastly, we'll give you 2010's All-Keepers, players 25 years or younger that I'd take over all others at their position in a keeper league.
The Robinson Cano All-Stars
1B: Miguel Cabrera. Miggy snatched Pujols' spot on his own team by hitting .346 with 22 HRs in the first half.
2B: Robinson Cano. Robbie Cano blasted eight HRs while hitting .400 in the month of April en route to a 1.201 OPS in the first month.
3B: David Wright. Forget about last year's power drought, as Wright's working on a 14/15 season while hitting .314.
SS: Hanley Ramirez. The only repeat member from last year's infield has a 13/18 season while still hitting over .300.
C: Miguel Olivo. Last year it was Mark Reynolds coming out of nowhere to make the All-Stars, and this year it's Olivo.
OF: Carl Crawford. He was 8/44 at this point last year to lead all outfielders on our All-Star squad, and he's at it again this year.
OF: Josh Hamilton. From Scar to Star -- Hamilton is back in good graces with 22 homers, seven SBs and a .346 average.
OF: Vladimir Guerrero. Hamilton's new teammate continues his trend of raking in Texas (.340, 12 HRs at home this year).
UT: Joey Votto. A blazing-hot July capped off a blazing-hot first-half for Votto, who eeked out the utility spot over Pujols.
SP: Adam Wainwright. A couple other guys get more press, but Wainwright leads all pitchers in fantasy baseball at the break.
SP: Josh Johnson. The Marlins ace has posted a 1.70 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over the first half, and more wins would have given him the top spot.
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez. Going 15-1 will definitely get you the start in the real All-Star game, and it may wind up being the first-half of a Cy Young season.
SP: Roy Halladay. Doc Halladay rounds out our all-NL All-Star staff, pitching a whopping 148 innings in the first half.
RP: Billy Wagner. Wagner has racked up five wins and 20 saves in 37.1 innings while striking out 56 batters for a near 15.0 K/9.
The Wandy Rodriguez All-Scars
1B: Pablo Sandoval. Kung Fu Panda had a rough first-half, but we think he could be in for a bounce-back second half.
2B: Aaron Hill. A year after a huge breakout campaign, Hill has limped to a .189 average in the first half, though he does have a dozen HRs.
3B: Aramis Ramirez. A-Ram missed time with injury in the first half, but when he was on the field he wasn't doing much.
SS: Yunel Escobar. He's yet to hit a homer this year, and his .238 average has gotten him dumped in leagues worldwide.
C: Matt Wieters. He hasn't come anywhere near living up to his considerable hype, hitting .245 with six HRs in the first half.
OF: Adam Lind. Like Hill, he's hit a few HRs to rebuild some of his value, but a .214 average has killed owners in the first half.
OF: Grady Sizemore. We'll usually avoid injury cases on this list, but Sizemore was so terrible that his injury was acutally a blessing in disguise in fantasy.
OF: Curtis Granderson. People expected much more than a 7/7, .240 first half from Granderson in his first season in pinstripes.
UT: Jimmy Rollins. He was limited by injury, but Rollins still finds his way on the All-Scars for the second straight season. Remember his second half in 2009?
SP: Wandy Rodriguez. Wandy was absolutely horrendous in the first half, going 3-10 with a 6.09 ERA by June 13. Four straight quality starts doesn't save him here.
SP: Josh Beckett. He sucked for eight starts before missing two months with a back strain, so he has a lot of making up to do in the second half.
SP: John Lackey. It's hard to explain the Red Sox's great first-half when two-fifths of their rotation has been terrible.
SP: Scott Kazmir. And the pitcher that replaced Lackey hasn't been much better. Kazmir now has an ERA near 7.00.
RP: Chad Qualls. A great K/BB ratio in 2009 had owners thinking sleeper, but Qualls stumbled to an 8.60 ERA and 2.11 WHIP and only 12 saves in the first half.
The Neftali Feliz All-Sleepers
1B: Paul Konerko. Someone grabbed Konerko to play utility and enjoyed 20 first-half homers. Don't forget about Aubrey Huff here either.
2B: Martin Prado. Kelly Johnson looked to have this spot locked up early, but Prado has been money all season long while hitting .325.
3B: Jose Bautista. He picked up the power slack left by his slumping teammates to lead the league in first-half HRs.
SS: Rafael Furcal. Likely written off after last year's .269, 9/12 season (in 613 at-bats), Furcal has been the league's second best shortstop.
C: Olivo. You expected the guy at the top of the catcher rankings to have a .325 average and 11 HRs; you just thought it would be Joe Mauer.
OF: Guerrero. Wise owners jumped all over Guerrero with his storied batting line in Arlington, and they are rewarded with the league's third best OF.
OF: Carlos Gonzalez. The Rockies' young superstar dominated the first half, hitting .314 while posting a 17/12 line.
OF: Alex Rios. No one wanted to touch Rios after a sub-.200 campaign with Chicago at the end of last year. The guy that did is smiling now.
UT: Brett Gardner. Let's get a speedster on the list -- Gardner scored 56 runs while stealing 25 bags and hitting .309 in the first half.
SP: Mat Latos. The young Padres phenom has sped to the top of the league, ranking fifth amongst all pitchers while a 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
SP: David Price. I felt grabbing Price this season was a must, and his breakout campaign came to fruition. He's starting the All-Star game as a result.
SP: Andy Pettitte. Pettitte has been vintage, going 11-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over the first half.
SP: Colby Lewis. Lewis came from Japan to post three 10-K games in his first five starts, and his RP eligibility has helped countless owners.
RP: Neftali Feliz. He was drafted over several late-round closers and almost immediately stole the Texas closer job. Good gamble, Feliz drafters.
The Stephen Strasburg All-Keepers
1B: Billy Butler. The Royals' first baseman has been a hit factory, though he has less power that you normally want from a 1B.
2B: Ian Stewart. He's been disappointing to some after hitting 25 HRs in 425 2009 at-bats, but this first half was a carbon copy of his 2008.
3B: Evan Longoria. Yes, he's only 24 years old. This spot is reserved for him next year as well.
SS: Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki has missed a month (and counting) with injury, but now that Hanley Ramirez doesn't qualify, he's the young prince of this position.
C: Buster Posey. This top prospect hit .350 with seven HRs in his first few months in the major leagues. I'll take him over Wieters right now.
OF: Gonzalez. This Rockies OF is going to be a key part of fantasy championships for the next ten years.
OF: Matt Kemp. Has he struggled? Maybe he wasn't worth the first round pick, but he has a 16/15 season already.
OF: Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen has given the Pirates fans something to get excited about, posting a 8/20 first-half while hitting .287.
UT: Ryan Zimmerman. If not for Longoria, he'd be the next king of the hot corner.
SP: Stephen Strasburg. He's lived up to the hype in his first seven starts, striking out 61 batters in 42.2 innings and looking like he's still facing minor-league hitters.
SP: Felix Hernandez. King Felix edges out Clayton Kershaw for our last Keeper SP spot. He's struggled to find wins this season.
SP: Latos. He closed out the first half strong, allowing only one run in 27.2 innings. Gotta love his home park, provided San Diego doesn't trade him. Ever.
SP: Price. Another former first-overall pick makes the list here, going 12-4 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while striking out 100 guys in the first half.
RP: Feliz. The Rangers have themselves a keeper in the ninth inning, though a rough outing on July 9 puts a slight damper on his first half.