Sunday, January 29, 2012

Four Reds in Preseason Fantasy Baseball Top 100

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm not a huge fantasy baseball guy. I'd much rather root for my team over constantly stressing over rotisserie points, but I can see the allure of it. With that said, I recently came across Athlon Sports' "2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings" and wanted to share my findings.

The site had a brilliant idea of combining five fantasy big boards from around the web to form a consensus top 100 -- and four Reds made the cut. Here are the names of those stat-packing players, as well as both there Athlon Sports ranking and their ranking from each of the other sites:

RC -
RS -

#7 Joey Votto 1B
RC - 2
CBS - 6
ESPN - 11
RS - 8
BGM - 12

#46 Jay Bruce RF
RC - 42
CBS - 88
ESPN - 36
RS - 48
BGM - 45

#60 Brandon Phillips 2B
RC - 59
CBS - 80
ESPN - 68
RS - 71
BGM - 40

#100 Mat Latos SP
RC - 106
CBS - 95
ESPN - 99
RS - 90
BGM - 132

Notable: Drew Stubbs received votes and finished seven spots outside the top 100.
Albert Pujols (LAA) topped the list at no. 1 followed by Miguel Cabrera (DET), Matt Kemp (LAD), Troy Tulowitzki (COL), and Jose Bautista (TOR) to round out the top five.

Quick thought: I am a little surprised, alright very much surprised, that Johnny Cueto's name didn't appear on this list. I know fantasy baseball points are driven mostly by position players and not pitchers, but I'm willing to bet by year's end that Cueto pulls in enough scoring for fantasy owners to be included in the top 100. Mark it down.

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