Second-half rankings reactions 

July, 12, 2012
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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!

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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.
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.