Second-half rankings reactions
July, 12, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Give credit to St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran. He seemed a bit unwanted this past offseason, ultimately signing a contract on the other side of the state of Missouri from where he started his career, and he's producing major numbers at age 35, numbers I believe in. Who thought Beltran would not only replace the great Albert Pujols, but have an OPS more than 100 points higher? I like Pujols more in the second half, but Beltran ended up a surprise No. 16 for the rest of the season in ESPN Fantasy's mid-July rankings, quite a bit better than the staff rank of No. 34. And I love it!
The reasons why Beltran should not be recognized as a top-20 player are obvious, but it sure seems like in these rankings, I've put a bit more emphasis on first-half statistics than I tend to. I call it evolving. Beltran enters Friday as the No. 10 hitter on ESPN's Player Rater.
Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesCarlos Beltran has stayed healthy the past couple of seasons and is showing why he has been one of the top players in fantasy.