The All-Star Game is rapidly approaching, and with that comes all of the speculation involved. Who deserves to play first base for the stacked American League? Who will fill the outfield in the National League? While the All-Star game has long been criticized as a popularity contest, it remains a showcase of the best talent that Major League Baseball has to offer; a stage for the best Fantasy Baseball players in the world to compete in America’s pastime.
As a recent member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, we at Fantasy Baseball Sportal are casting our ballot for the 2011 All-Star game. Recent ballot updates show that not all of these players are going to start, but these are the guys that are most deserving, popular or not.
C: Brian McCann – ATL
With Posey out, last year’s All-Star game MVP McCann is the hands-down choice.
1B: Prince Fielder – MIL
May find himself in the DH role, but no one has been more productive Fantasy star than Fielder.
2B: Rickie Weeks – MIL
Shown more power than the Red’s Brandon Philips, but gap is close.
SS: Jose Reyes – NYM
Opposing pitchers cannot keep Reyes off the base paths, and neither will the AL.
3B: Chipper Jones – ATL
The vet has been surprisingly productive, and the NL’s elite third basemen have been hurt.
OF: Matt Kemp – LAD
Kemp should be a shoe in to start with the Fantasy Baseball year he is having.
OF: Ryan Braun – MIL
At .308/16 HRs/59 RBIs, there is not much more to say.
OF: Lance Berkman – STL
Struggling as of late, but his hot start should not be forgotten.
C: Alex Avila – DET
If you do not know about this guy, you should.
1B: Adrian Gonzalez – BOS
In a league stacked with All-Star first basemen, Gonzalez is clearly the best Fantasy Baseball player.
2B: Robinson Cano – NYY
While he is not having the season he did last year, he remains the best the AL has to offer.
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera – CLE
The shockingly-good Indians are led by their shockingly-good shortstop.
3B: Alex Rodriguez – NYY
No surprises here, as the AL should go with what works.
OF: Jose Bautista – TOR
While he is no longer crushing at his earlier pace, he still leads the league in homers.
OF: Curtis Granderson – NYY
As big of an impact in the Yankees lineup as anyone else, and that is saying something.
OF: Jhonny Peralta – DET
While overshadowed by Miguel Cabrera, Peralta has been crucial to the Tigers’ success.
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