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First Half Surprises: The Experts Who Liked These Studs Best

Jul 13, 2014

It’s safe to say it’s been an exciting first half of the MLB season. From the 1st year splash of new stars like Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka to the surprising dominance of the Oakland A’s, it’s been a fun half of baseball. Heck, even the Astros have become an enjoyable team to follow due to their influx of young talent.

 

It goes without saying that there have been more than a few fantasy surprises thus far. Given that we tracked the preseason rankings of 70+ experts (in-season rankings here), we thought it would be interesting to highlight some of the best expert calls. With that in mind, below is a summary of which pundits liked this year’s surprise studs the most heading into the season.

 

Surprise Studs (Hitters)

ECR = Preseason Consensus

Best = Top Expert Preseason Rank

Actual = Season to Date Rank
 
Lucroy JonathanJonathan Lucroy, C, MIL

.315 AVE | 9 HR | 44 RBI

 

ECR: #7 C | Best: #3 C | Actual: #1 C

Top Experts: Rotochamp, Al Melchior (CBS Sports) & KFFL Staff
 
 
Abreu JoseJose Abreu, 1B, CWS

.292 AVE | 29 HR | 73 RBI

 

ECR: #13 1B | Best: #9 1B | Actual: #3 1B

Top Expert: Jesse Sakstrup (Roto Spectrum)
 
 
Altuve JoseJose Altuve, 2B, HOU

.335 AVE | 2 HR | 41 SB

 

ECR: #6 2B | Best: #3 2B | Actual: #1 2B

Top Experts: Jeff Zimmerman & Zach Sanders (Fangraphs)

 

 

Gordon DeeDee Gordon, SS/2B, LAD

.292 AVE | 2 HR | 43 SB

 

ECR: #23 SS | Best: #18 SS | Actual: #1 SS

Top Expert: Scott White (CBS Sports)

 
 
Frazier ToddTodd Frazier, 3B, CIN

.290 AVE | 19 HR | 53 RBI

 

ECR: #19 3B | Best: #13 3B | Actual: #1 3B

Top Expert: Grey Albright (Razzball)

 

 

Cruz NelsonNelson Cruz, OF, BAL

.287 AVE | 28 HR | 74 RBI

 

ECR: #38 OF | Best: #13 OF | Actual: #2 OF

Top Expert: Muntradamus (Beast Dome)

 

 

Brantley MichaelMichael Brantley, OF, CLE

.326 AVE | 15 HR | 63 RBI 

 

ECR: #55 OF | Best: #32 OF | Actual: #5 OF

Top Expert: Brent Namejko (Fantasy Smack Talk)

 

 

BilHamilton Billyly Hamilton, OF, CIN

.285 AVE | 5 HR | 38 SB

 

ECR: #28 OF | Best: #13 OF | Actual: #8 OF

Top Expert: Dalton Del Don (Yahoo! Sports)

 

 

Blackmon CharlieCharlie Blackmon, OF, COL

.306 AVE | 14 HR | 52 RBI

 

ECR: #88 OF | Best: #75 OF | Actual: #7 OF

Top Expert: Tim McCullough (RotoExperts)

 

 

Surprise Studs (Pitchers)

ECR = Preseason Consensus

Best = Top Expert Preseason Rank

Actual = Season to Date Rank

 

Cueto JohnnyJohnny Cueto, SP, CIN

10-6 | 2.13 ERA | 141 SO

 

ECR: #34 SP | Best: #17 SP | Actual: #2 SP

Top Expert: Muntradamus (Beast Dome)

 

 

TanakaMasahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY

12-4 | 2.51 ERA | 135 SO

 

ECR: #24 SP | Best: #14 SP | Actual: #4 SP

Top Expert: Nate Springfield (Baseball Press)

 

 

Kazmir ScottScott Kazmir, SP, OAK

11-4 | 2.38 ERA | 108 SO

 

ECR: #65 SP | Best: #36 SP | Actual: #6 SP

Top Expert: Josh Shepardson (The Fantasy Fix)

 

 

Richards GarrettGarrett Richards, SP, LAA

11-2 | 2.55 ERA | 127 SO

 

ECR: #99 SP | Best: #80 SP | Actual: #9 SP

Top Expert: Dalton Del Don (Yahoo! Sports)

 

 

Teheran JulioJulio Teheran, SP, ATL

9-6 | 2.71 ERA | 116 SO

 

ECR: #21 SP | Best: #13 SP | Actual: #7 SP

Top Expert: Al Mechior (CBS Sports)

 

 

Simon AlfredoAlfredo Simon, SP, CIN

12-3 | 2.70 ERA | 75 SO

 

ECR: #136 SP | Best: #85 SP | Actual: #13 SP

Top Expert: KFFL Staff

 

 

Kluber CoreyCorey Kluber, SP, CLE

9-6 | 3.01 ERA | 142 SO

 

ECR: #52 SP | Best: #25 SP | Actual: #15 SP

Top Expert: Al Mechior (CBS Sports)

 

 

Hudson TimTim Hudson, SP, SF

7-6 | 2.87 ERA | 78 SO

 

ECR: #75 SP | Best: #48 SP | Actual: #25 SP

Top Experts: Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs) & FFToolbox Staff

 

 

Rodriguez FranciscoFrancisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL

2.58 ERA | 27 Saves

 

ECR: #46 RP | Best: #36 RP | Actual: #7 RP

Top Expert: Nando Di Fino (CBS Sports)

 

 

Street HustonHuston Street, RP, SD

1.09 ERA | 24 Saves

 

ECR: #21 RP | Best: #14 RP | Actual: #15 RP

Top Expert: Nate Springfield (Baseball Press)

 

 

Think we missed anyone? If so, please let us know in the comments. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Rest of Season Projections and Rest of Season Rankings for a forward-looking view of the season.

 

Enjoy the All Star game festivities!

 

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