OpinionJuly 9, 2011

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2011 Fantasy All-Stars, All-Scars, All-Sleepers and All-Keepers

By R.J. White

Each year, I compile a few lists around the All-Star Break to pay tribute to the current fantasy season. Our All-Star team is made up of the best of the best at each position, while our All-Scar team consists of the season’s biggest disappointments. The All-Sleeper team notes the best value picks of the year, while the All-Keeper team is filled with age-25 or younger players that are money in keeper leagues. You can view last year’s lineups here.

The Matt Kemp All-Stars

1B: Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox prize acquisition has a Pujolsian .355 average with 17 HRs and 77 RBIs thus far.
2B: Robinson Cano. Cano earns a repeat spot on the All-Stars with 15 HRs, six SBs and a .297 average.
3B: Jose Bautista. After dominating fantasy last year, Bautista has added an elite average (.330) to his league-leading HR total.
SS: Jose Reyes. Now on the DL, Reyes’s .354 average and 30 SBs have made the already-high draft pick a steal in leagues.
C: Brian McCann. He’s been in the fantasy shadow of Joe Mauer and Victor Martinez, but McCann’s .314 average makes him tops so far.
OF: Matt Kemp. With a .320 average, 22 HRs and 29 SBs, Kemp has been the best fantasy player in the league this year.
OF: Curtis Granderson. Grandy’s in the midst of a breakout year, with 25 HRs and 15 SBs already. Hitting the Yankee lineup helps.
OF: Ryan Braun. Usually the first OF off the board in March, Braun has lived up to his billing with a .320 average, 16 HRs and 19 SBs.
UT: Prince Fielder. His 22 HRs don’t surprise anyone, but a .303 average has led to an OPS over 1.000.
SP: Justin Verlander. He edges our No. 2 with his 138 Ks and 0.88 WHIP. Oh, and he has one more start in the first half.
SP: Jered Weaver. His 1.86 ERA is tops among anyone with 100 IP, and he hasn’t slacked off anywhere else either (11 wins, 120 Ks).
SP: Roy Halladay. Doc seemed like a safe choice for No. 1 pitcher in the preseason. He was (2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 138 Ks).
RP: Craig Kimbrel. Teammate Johnny Venters led RPs for much of the season, but Kimbrel’s 27 saves and 70(!) Ks make him our top RP.

The Adam Dunn All-Scars

Read about my 2011 All-Scars/All-Scrubs at FanDuel.

The Asdrubal Cabrera All-Sleepers

1B: Lance Berkman. He’s turned in a top-20 fantasy season so far; guess the transition back to the outfield was overblown.
2B: Danny Espinosa. The fantasy afterthought has 16 HRs and 12 SBs, making him the sixth best fantasy SS even with an average under .250.
3B: Alex Gordon. The notable bust finally broke out in a big way, hitting .301 with 10 HRs and six SBs thus far, ranking him fifth among 3Bs.
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera. He hit four HRs over the course of a week in mid-April; it was a sign of things to come (.294, 14 HRs, 12 SBs).
C: Alex Avila. Undrafted in most leagues in March, Avila has proven to be a top-five catcher for most of the year.
OF: Melky Cabrera. Hitting .255 with four HRs last year, Le Leche was off fantasy radars before his .291 with 11 HRs and 12 SBs in 2011.
OF: Brennan Boesch. He didn’t have regular playing time going into 2011, but now he’s a fantasy starter with a .302 average.
OF: Jeff Francoeur. More Royals! Frenchy has used his 12 HRs and 15 SBs (where did they come from) to rank in the OF’s top 20.
UT: Jhonny Peralta. He hit around .250 with 15 HRs last year before this season’s .313, 14-HR campaign. The 3B/SS eligibility is nice.
SP: James Shields. His 187:51 K:BB ratio predicted a bounce-back, but not one that would earn him top-five SP status.
SP: Jair Jurrjens. Leading the NL in wins despite missing a few weeks, Jurrjens looks like a great sell-high going into the ASB.
SP: Michael Pineda. His status as a top prospect made him exciting, but he’s went above and beyond with a 1.01 WHIP and almost 9.0 K/9.
RP: Joel Hanrahan. One of the last “closers” off the board in March, Hanrahan has been elite all year while saving 26 games.

The Clayton Kershaw All-Keepers

1B: Freddie Freeman. The rookie has raised his OPS each month to the point where he’s on fire in July (1.331 OPS with four HRs).
2B: Danny Espinosa. He’s been a beast at home, hitting .286/.354/.552, which is good news for Washington’s future.
3B: Evan Longoria. We reserved this spot for him last year, and though he’s disappointed in 2011, Longo remains a top keeper.
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera. With Troy Tulowitzki (now 26 years old), we’ll take 2011’s second best shortstop as a keeper here.
C: Carlos Santana. Buster Posey is down, but not out; we’ll celebrate Santana’s top-five catcher season (I’d still take Posey though).
OF: Justin Upton. J-Up ranks ahead of our other two OFs by hitting two points better with two more HRs, making him a top-10 OF.
OF: Carlos Gonzalez. He was here last year, and though he hasn’t quite had a repeat, .292 with 13 HRs and 14 SBs is very good.
OF: Andrew McCutchen. Another repeat, McCutchen has a near-identical line to CarGo (.292 with 13 HRs and 15 SBs).
UT: Elvis Andrus. I was dead-set against him, but his .280 average and 26 SBs and stunning power (three HRs) have made him a top-five SS.
SP: Clayton Kershaw. Incredibly, he’s improved even further off a great 2010, striking out 147 in 130.2 IP with a 1.05 WHIP.
SP: Tommy Hanson. It was a season we saw coming, but Hanson’s still earned his worth with a 2.52 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
SP: Michael Pineda. Now established as a top-15 SP, Pineda may be a trade candidate in re-draft leagues during his rookie year.
RP: Craig Kimbrel. He should be an elite fantasy closer for a long time to come.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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