It’s that time of year again. We’re proud to announce the 2009 Fantasy Baseball Dugout All-Star Team.
We took a standard fantasy baseball lineup (1 at each infield position, 3 outfielders, a utility hitter, 2 starters, 2 closers, 3 other pitchers) and the standard 5×5 categories. We found the best of the best at the break.
We put them on a first half fantasy baseball dream team. In case you were wondering, Albert Pujols is still the best player in all of fantasy baseball. But what a fantasy team you could field if you took the best players at each position…
Check out our starting lineup for fantasy baseball all-stars 2009.
- Catcher: Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins. (.373 avg./15 home runs/49 RBI/49 runs/1 steal). His average might be lower if he played in April, but think about the power numbers…
- First Base: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals. (.332/32/87/73/10) Could Pujols possibly get any better?
- Second Base: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies. (.313/20/61/62/9) Still the best second baseman. Some things never change.
- Third Base: Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks. (.258/24/62/55/15) The biggest surprise in fantasy baseball not named Zach Greinke is still available in around 10% of leagues!
- Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins. (.349/14/61/53/13) We didn’t say you should have taken him no. 1, but you can’t be upset if you did.
- Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays. (.309/8/39/58/44) Still wish he provided more homers.
- Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels. (.305/17/65/56/13) Is this a contract year for Hunter? He sure is playing like its one.
- Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers. (.310/16/58/61/7)
- Utility: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers. (.315/22/78/58/1) The most eye popping stat for the Home Run Derby champ? 1 steal.
- Starter: Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks. (9 wins, 2.01 ERA, 129 strikeouts, 0.81 WHIP) The most dominant first half Haren has had yet in his career. Will be interesting to see how he holds up in the second half.
- Starter: Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants. (10/2.33/149/1.05) On pace to win another Cy Young – will he strike out 300?
- Closer: Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins. (1 win, 23 saves, 1.31, 23, 0.73) The most underrated closer in fantasy baseball?
- Closer: Ryan Franklin, St. Louis Cardinals. (2/21/0.79/27/0.79) Considering he wasn’t even a closer to start the season, this is a BIG surprise.
- Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals. (10/2.12/129/1.08) We told he’d come crashing back to earth – have you traded him yet? Still had a nice first half.
- Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals. (7/2.47/64/0.87) %’s are incredible. Comeback Player of the Year.
- Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners. (9/2.53/121/1.14) The King has arrived. Showed no ill effects during the first half despite pitching in the World Baseball Classic.