With a thin pool of players and the rivalry of competition heating up, it only makes sense to take a look at these rankings from FBS as they’ll be sure to ensure your postseason fantasy success.
1.Carl Crawford, OF TB: .307 AVG, 19 HR, 90 RBI, 110 R, 47 SB
Numbers speak for themselves, and the soon-to-be free agent will soon be collecting big money with his monster finish to the regular season. After hitting almost .400 in September with two taters and 17 RBI (and five SBs), Crawford’s talents are especially appreciated in the fantasy baseball realm. Tampa is going to need everything he’s got as they make a push toward appearing in another World Series.
2.Jayson Werth, OF PHI: .296 AVG, 27 HR, 85 RBI, 106 R, 13 SB
Another big name in the 2011 free agency pool, Werth had a fabulous September and saw his stock skyrocket as the month progressed. While Werth’s power wasn’t what most projected it to be (especially at Citizen’s Bank), his peripherals more than make up for it. He’ll need to continue to be a major contributor if the Phillies hope to represent the National League.
3.Buster Posey, C SF: .305 AVG, 18 HR, 67 RBI, 58 R, 0 SB
The hottest fantasy baseball waiver wire pickup of the year, Posey’s much-hyped rookie campaign has exceeded even the highest expectations. The most prolific offensive catcher heading into 2011 will certainly be a very valuable commodity, but right now he’s looking for a big week to advance his team into the next round.
4.Joey Votto, 1B CIN: .327 AVG, 37 HR, 113 RBI, 106 R, 16 SB
Arguably the most well rounded player in the MLB, Votto’s candidacy for Most Valuable Player is very real. Definitely the biggest value in fantasy baseball drafts this season, Votto will most certainly be on everyone’s radar in 2011. The Reds are going to need him in a big way this postseason if they hope to have any success.
5.Derrek Lee, 1B ATL: .260 AVG, 19 HR, 80 RBI, 80 R, 1 SB
After vetoing a trade to the Angels earlier this season, Lee realized that a trade to the Braves was in his best interest if he hoped to reach the postseason. At 35 years old, Lee is still a productive player at this point in his career. He’s battled back troubles quite a bit since joining the Braves, but he’s going to suck it up and be a big part of the offensive attack should they hope to advance.
1.David Price, SP TB: 19-6, 2.72 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 188 K, 208.2 IP
The AL CY Young Award Winner? Price certainly put together quite a case in his breakout season and proved that he will be a dominant force in the rotation for years to come. After going more than a month without a loss to finish the season, Price will be a top fantasy baseball pitcher heading into 2011. He’ll be the Game 1 starter for the Rays in the ALDS.
2.CC Sabathia, SP NYY: 21-7, 3.18 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 197 K, 237.2 IP
Another candidate to take home the CY Young, Sabathia’s 21 wins are really a testament to how consistent the hefty lefty truly performs. The definition of a workhorse, Sabathia is one of the most talented pitchers in the game and a favorite of owners everywhere. He’s the only sure thing in the Yankees rotation.
3.Cliff Lee, SP TEX: 12-9, 3.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 185 K, 212.1 IP
Lee’s start to the season had the makings of one of the best in fantasy baseball history, but unfortunately it didn’t pan out that way. After being traded from Seattle to Texas, Lee struggled to acclimate to the heat of a team in contention, but soon settled down thereafter. He still finished the year with a very respectable line and will be in line for a major payday this offseason as the top starting pitching option on the market.
4.Roy Oswalt, SP PHI: 13-13, 2.76 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 193 K, 211.2 IP
After being acquired from Houston just before the deadline, Oswalt was the best pitcher in Philadelphia’s rotation. Posting his highest strikeout totals since 2005, Oswalt’s health is as good as its ever been and he is a very potent weapon for the team heading into postseason play.
5.Tim Lincecum, SP SF: 16-10, 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 231 K, 212.1 IP
Outside of a very ugly August, Lincecum was once again his extremely dominant self this season. Although his strikeout total is his lowest since his rookie season, he is one of only four pitchers to start the first four years of their career with at least 50 wins and 800 strikeouts. Lincecum is as good as they come and will continue to be among the best options at the position for at least the next ten years.
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