Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 10/29/14
We are now 50+ games into the regular season and the division are starting to take shape.  The American League East will continue to beat itself up with the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Rays fighting for the division and that wildcard spot.  4 enter, only 2 will survive!  Just 3 games separates the 4 teams.  The AL Central looks like a real good battle between the Tigers & Indians.  The loser will hope to earn that other wildcard play-in slot.  The West is just a mess and should be an easy division title for the Texas Rangers.  Oakland will give them a run but in the end I think they will come up just short.  Like the Athletics, the Angels are 8-2 in their last 10 games and 8.5 games out, so don't be surprised if they make a push for the top spot.Over in the National League the Atlanta Braves are the clear favorites in the East and unless the Nationals clean their act up, they might just miss out on one of the wildcard spots because the Pirates and Reds will be in the hunt in the Central with the Rockies and Giants coming out of the West.  The St. Louis Cardinals are the clear cut favorites in the National League to make the World Series with top pitching and hitting.  The NL West will be fun to follow through the All-Star break with the Diamondbacks, Giants and Rockies each trying to separate themselves from the pack.Miguel Cabrera continues to be the best player in the world while Chris Davis continues to hit the ball out of this universe!  Miggy has 15 homers and 59 RBi in 52 games, while maintaining a .369 batting average!  Back to back triple crowns will only be prevented by Chris Davis who now has 19 home runs and 50 RBI with a .353 average!  Clearly Davis can't possibly keep this up, but the power has always been there so he COULD out slug Cabrera.  Mike Trout will finish May as the 3rd most productive fantasy player and the #1 outfielder.  He is living up to the unrealistic expectations of a young hitter and continues to be better than Bryce Harper, who is currently the 35th ranked outfielder and just barely in the top 100.  Right behind Trout is Carlos Gonzalez who has actually scored more runs than Trout and nearly matched him in all other offensive categories, and has been a nice consolation prize to those who skipped Trout or didn't have the luxury of drafting him back in March.Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt and Adam Jones are doing exactly what everyone drafted them to do, but it's the next guy on the list who continues to impress.  Manny Machado is still the second best option at third base behind only the great Miguel Cabrera.  He is outperforming the guys who were drafted rounds earlier like Evan Longoria and David Wright thanks to 25 doubles!  Third base has really disappointed early on with just 9 guys in the top 100, granted 4 of those 9 are in the top 25 and 7 in the top 50.Rounding out the top 10, Dustin Pedroia has surpassed Brandon Phillips (12th overall) and has been a catalyst to the hot Red Sox start to a season people thought was lost before it even began!  Looking into the top 25 players, we have a pretty good variety of positions with 7 outfielders, 6 first basemen, 5 pitchers, 4 third basemen, 2 second basemen and a lone shortstop.  There are no catchers in the top 25.  Troy Tulowitzki is that lone shortstop and is so far ahead of the pack that it's unfair.  The only other SS you will find in the top 50 is Jean Segura (44th) thanks to a .358 batting average.Of the 13 pitchers in the top 50, we have seen a nice rotation of guys like Clayton Kershaw, Clay Buchholz, Felix Hernandez, Yu Darvish, Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Harvey and Patrick Corbin cracking the top 25.St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter, Matt Carpenter, continues to impress and is the best second baseman not named Pedroia, Phillips, or Robinson Cano.  His 17 doubles and .310 batting average has lead to a position high 42 runs scored.  He also has one of the better eyes at the plate drawing 27 walks, only behind Pedroia's 32.You won't find a catcher on this list until the #55 where you find Joe Mauer just a couple slots ahead of Buster Posey (68th).  Outside of these two usual suspects all you have at the catcher position this season is Carlos Santana and Yadier Molina.  No other catchers crack the top 100.  That being said you do have power at the position in Evan Gattis, J.P. Arencibia and Wilin Rosario.Looking at the bottom half of this list, I really like what Domonic Brown has been doing for the Phillies as of late.  Brown his .295 in May crushing 10 home runs and driving in 21 runs but oddly enough did not draw one walk in 105 ABs.  PlayerTeamPosPointsMiguel CabreraDET3B343Chris DavisBAL1B312Mike TroutLAAOF296Carlos GonzálezCOLOF289Joey VottoCIN1B280Paul GoldschmidtARI1B272Adam JonesBALOF262Manny MachadoBAL3B262Dustin PedroiaBOS2B261Justin MastersonCLEP257.5Edwin EncarnaciónTOR1B254Brandon PhillipsCIN2B250Troy TulowitzkiCOLSS249Félix HernándezSEAP247.7Josh DonaldsonOAK3B246Shin-Soo ChooCINOF246Yu DarvishTEXP245.7Adam WainwrightSTLP245Prince FielderDET1B245Evan LongoriaTB3B243Justin UptonATLOF243Mike NapoliBOS1B242Jordan ZimmermannWASP241.9Mark TrumboLAAOF241Alex GordonKCOF239 table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: ; font-size: 14px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerTeamPosPointsHunter PenceSFOF237Clay BuchholzBOSP236.9Andrew McCutchenPITOF236José BautistaTOROF235Robinson CanóNYY2B235Clayton KershawLADP233.7David WrightNYM3B233Nick MarkakisBALOF233Matt HarveyNYMP232Patrick CorbinARIP231.2Matt CarpenterSTL2B231Ryan BraunMILOF231Cliff LeePHIP230.9Anthony RizzoCHC1B229Adrián BéltreTEX3B228Mark ReynoldsCLE3B228Mike MinorATLP227.4Jacoby EllsburyBOSOF227Jean SeguraMILSS226Allen CraigSTL1B223Jay BruceCINOF223Álex RíosCWSOF222Carlos GómezMILOF221Max ScherzerDETP220.7Lance LynnSTLP219 table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: ; font-size: 14px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerTeamPosPointsMatt HollidaySTLOF219Everth CabreraSDSS216Ben ZobristTBOF215Dexter FowlerCOLOF215Joe MauerMINC215Matt MooreTBP215Anibal SánchezDETP214.5Albert PujolsLAA1B214Starling MartePITOF214Hyun-Jin RyuLADP212.9Pablo SandovalSF3B212Daniel NavaBOSOF211Hisashi IwakumaSEAP209.9Daniel MurphyNYM2B209Nelson CruzTEXOF208Jon LesterBOSP207.4Adrián GonzálezLAD1B206Buster PoseySFC206Justin VerlanderDETP206Kendrys MoralesSEA1B206Alex CobbTBP205.4Carlos SantanaCLEC205Coco CrispOAKOF205Desmond JenningsTBOF205Gerardo ParraARIOF204 table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: ; font-size: 14px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerTeamPosPointsHowie KendrickLAA2B204A.J. BurnettPITP203.5David OrtizBOS1B203Justin MorneauMIN1B203Torii HunterDETOF203Brett GardnerNYYOF202Elvis AndrusTEXSS202Nate McLouthBALOF202Kyle SeagerSEA3B201Jason KipnisCLE2B200Hiroki KurodaNYYP199.4Mat LatosCINP199.4Kelly JohnsonTB2B198Brandon CrawfordSFSS197Travis WoodCHCP197Asdrubal CabreraCLESS196Carlos BeltránSTLOF196Jhonny PeraltaDETSS196Yadier MolinaSTLC196Jake PeavyCWSP195.4Bryce HarperWASOF195Domonic BrownPHIOF195James LoneyTB1B195Michael CuddyerCOLOF195How are fantasy points calculated?Hitters:Singles - 1ptDoubles - 2ptsTriples - 3ptsHomeruns - 2ptsRBI - 2ptsRuns Scored - 2ptsWalks - 1ptStolen Bases - 1ptPitchers:Win - 10 ptsInnings Pitched - 2 ptsEarned Runs Allowed - (1pt)Strike Outs - .5pt
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