As the All-Star game comes closer and closer, the National League’s finest are showing that they belong on the summer’s biggest stage. Whether it is cracking home runs or just getting on base, this week’s National League Power Rankings feature the most productive players in the league, many of whom will represent the NL All-Star club. With Albert Pujols out, there are many questions as to who will fill in at first base, and there are plenty of other positions up for grabs. These are the National League Power Rankings as of June 26th.
1) Matt Kemp – LAD (Last Week: 1)
Matt Kemp is a having a stellar month of June, even as the Dodgers have faltered. His average for the month now stands at .368, and he has hit 8 homers and knocked in 20 runs, despite his Los Angeles club going 9-14 this month. Look for Kemp to keep playing well, and occupy a starting job for the National League’s All-Star club.
2) Prince Fielder – MIL (LW: 2)
Now that Albert Pujols has suffered an injury that will sideline him until August, Prince Fielder could very well take the starting job at the All-Star game at a stacked first base position, and he has earned it. Hitting an impressive .356 this month, Fielder has also swatted 10 homers and driven in 26 runs for his Brewers in June.
3) Jose Reyes – NYM (LW: 4)
Jose Reyes does everything that a team could want from a leadoff man. He gets on base, steals bases, and wreaks havoc with a pitcher’s timing. That has been the case all year, and especially this month, where he sports and on-base percentage of nearly .400. He has stolen 9 bases and tripled 6 times in June alone.
4) Ryan Braun – CIN (LW: 3)
Braun has not played as hot as we all know he can since April, but he still remains a productive bat in the NL Central-leading Brewer lineup. Hitting about .300 in June, Braun has still driven in 20 runs, but has only 4 homers this month. Braun remains, as always, a good Fantasy Baseball option, but fans are still waiting for him to really heat up.
5) Joey Votto – CIN (LW: 5)
Fresh off of a 2-homer, 5 RBI game against the Baltimore Orioles, Votto may be starting to heat up right when the Reds need him to, as the Cincinnati ballclub is threatening to fall into 4th place in the NL Central. Votto may not be the best option behind Fielder for the All-Star game, but he should definitely make it to the show.
6) Justin Upton – ARI (LW: 7)
The All-Star game is being played at Chase Field in Arizona, so if Diamondback fans are looking for a home town guy to represent their ballclub, Justin Upton is their man. Upton is hitting .305, and is not striking out quite as much as he has in the past. Tack on 12 homers and 40 RBIs for the season, and Upton is having quite a year for the Dbacks.
7) Lance Berkman – STL (LW: 8)
With Pujols out, St. Louis really needs Berkman and Matt Holliday to pull up the slack, and so far this month, Berkman has not really been up to it. While he remains productive, driving in 18 runs this month, he is hitting a mere .218 in June, which has finally dragged his season average below .300. It looks as though Berkman is fizzling out as the season wears on.
8) Troy Tulowitzki – COL (LW: 9)
Tulo has had the hot bat for the Rockies in June. Hitting only .273 for the season, Tulowitzki has hit .337 in June, along with 19 RBIs. While the power has been slumping, it is nice for Fantasy Baseball owners to see his average start to climb. Tulowitzki is one of the best offensive options at the shortstop position, and could play in the All-Star game.
9) Brian McCann – ATL (LW: 10)
One of the hotter bats in the National League belongs to Brian McCann. McCann has hit around .300 all season long, and has more than doubled his home run total since the beginning of June. He has hit 7 homers in June, impressive given that McCann is a catcher that has to play part-time. If you are looking for production at the catcher position in your Fantasy Baseball League, look no further than McCann.
10) Andrew McCutchen – PIT (LW: NR)
Andrew McCutchen has had been on base a lot in June. While his yearly batting average only stands at .285, he has hit .380 this month, with an on-base percentage nearly 100 points higher. While the RBI and HR totals are unimpressive, McCutchen has been hitting and scoring runs for the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates.
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