The All-Star Game voting discussion is topical in real life, so why not talk about it in fantasy? I’m of the philosophy that All Star Games should be about the best players, not just the players off to a hot start over the first few months. In this case, I’ll define “best player” as the players that offered the most production over the past calendar year (i.e. June 2010 through May 2011). Below, the point values are FanGraphs Points, and the $ shown are the player’s average cost. Without further delay, here are your American League (fantasy) All-Stars!
Catcher: Victor Martinez (746.5 pts, .368 wOBA, $25)
Alternates: Carlos Santana (571 pts, .352 wOBA, $31) and Mike Napoli (565 pts, .343 wOBA, $12)
Now primarily a DH, Martinez continues to be an excellent fantasy producer. The guy can hit, and with catcher eligibility he’s just a terrific player–probably more so in fantasy than in real life, given his fielding issues. Santana is back after missing time with injury, and has largely picked up where he left off last year. Napoli might surprise some folks, but he got a lot of playing time after the first few months last year and produced very well. If only he could actually catch, he’d get more PT…
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