2012 Fantasy Baseball All-Star Team: Position Players
With the 2012 MLB All-Star game fast approaching, it’s only fitting to make an All-Star team of the fantasy variety. These are the players who I believe have been the best fantasy players at their respective positions so far this season.
Statistics are based on games up to June 17th.
C: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals- The younger Molina is usually known for his defense, but Yadier has showed he can be a good hitter too. He leads all catchers in hits with 72 and has been the most reliable option at a usually unreliable position for fantasy owners this season.
1B: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds- I was tempted to put Adam Dunn here, being first base eligible, but you just can’t pass up Joey Votto. He’s probably the most consistent first baseman in the game and has 82 hits in just 224 ABs. It doesn’t hurt that he leads the league in walks.
2B: Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians- I was torn between Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers and Kipnis here. It’s hard to pass on Kipnis, though. He’s in the top five among second basemen in almost every major statistical fantasy category and has been a huge surprise for fantasy owners this season.
SS: Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs- Troy Tulowitzki would have been the obvious call here had he stayed healthy. The Cubs are the worst team in baseball but Castro has put up some nice numbers for fantasy owners in 2012. His 81 hits are second only to Derek Jeter among shortstops and his 16 SBs are tied for the major league lead among shortstops, not to mention he’s one of the most reliable hitters in baseball.
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers- Cabrera leads the majors in hits and is third in RBIs. A case could be made for David Wright but Cabrera sees more opportunities and gets more production in that potent Detroit lineup.
OF: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers- When you have a four home-run game you know you’re swinging a hot bat. Hamilton has been arguably the best overall fantasy baseball player this season. Despite missing some games recently due to hospitalization, he is still among league leaders in most major statistical categories. Good for Hamilton owners for drafting him whenever they did.
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies- CarGo has been Mr. Everything for the Rockies this season. He’s the silver lining for a ball club that is reeling, which may be the case for some fantasy teams as well.
OF: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers- There were some who figured Braun would tail off this season because of the HGH scenario in the off-season and the departure of Prince Fielder to the Tigers. He hasn’t missed a beat, however, and is again being a fantasy stud, hitting 19 HR and 47 RBIs through June 17th.Written by winmyfantasyleague.com contributor Zach Greubel.