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  1. I think Headley and Encarnacion have to be in the discussion no?

    Comment by Dylan — September 25, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  2. I looked at both of them, but neither were bad last year. Headley did miss some time, but still managed 113 games, so it’s not as though he fought through a ton of injuries either.

    Both showed excellent improvement year-to-year, but I don’t think either of them really came back per se.

    Comment by Dan Wade — September 25, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

  3. Ryan Ludwick has to be in the conversation.

    2011: .237/.310/.363 – 13 HR
    2012: .276/.349/.532 – 26 HR

    Comment by DK — September 25, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  4. Ludwick was in the running for Dunn’s spot and probably should have been Honorable Mention.

    A poorer 2011 or an injury to comeback from would have made him a shoo-in for the spot, but as it is, Dunn was much worse in 2011 and probably about equivalently productive in 2012. Still, you’re right that he went from pretty useless to really productive.

    Comment by Dan Wade — September 25, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  5. While I’d go with Rios jumping back into top-20 status, Alfonso Soriano’s name should be mentioned.

    Highest BA (.263) since 2008. Most HR (31) since 2007. Most RBI (105) in his 12-year career. And five more games played will give him his most since 2006.

    Comment by Bryan Curley — September 25, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  6. I expected Soriano to be on this list when I started and actually had to take him off. He’s another like Encarnacion, he wasn’t actually that bad last year and he was even better the year before that.

    Soriano gets a huge knock because of his contract and his defense, two things that just don’t matter in fantasy, but he’s been a solidly consistent offensive producer since 2009 and that was an aberration in a line of solid seasons. Great season for Soriano, maybe even good enough to make him tradable this offseason, but he vaulted from average to above-average, which just isn’t much of a comeback.

    Comment by Dan Wade — September 25, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  7. Michael Saunders should at least get a mention with his near 20/20 season, no?

    Comment by yeah — September 26, 2012 @ 12:33 am

  8. Saunders was never “here”

    Comment by Ashman — September 26, 2012 @ 1:45 am

  9. You forgot to credit the Fantasy Focus podcast for coining the phrase Fantasy Zombie.

    Comment by Brandon Gray — September 26, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  10. I don’t listen, so I had no idea they used it.

    Comment by Dan Wade — September 26, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  11. Allen Craig and Carlos Gomez weren’t really either, especially Gomez.

    Comment by yeah — September 26, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  12. That was the first thing I thought too. Matthew Berry gets quite prickly about people “ripping things off” from their show.

    Comment by jrogers — September 27, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  13. Like I said, I’ve literally never listened to a single episode of their podcast and a cursory google search reveals that they’re hardly the only ones to use it. It’s not exactly a difficult concept to think of independent of other inputs.

    Comment by Dan Wade — September 27, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  14. If we’re talking strictly from a fantasy perspective, Dunn produced an extra 14 RBI, 33 R, 15 HR, and 2SB. At the cost of 67 points in BA, granted, but I think Dunn was vastly more valuable than Ludwick this year.

    Comment by JimNYC — September 27, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  15. Aaron Hill and Rios were both guys whose peripherals indicated they were due for some improvement. Both were sporting unusually low BABIPs given their contact and speed and both possessed 20 HR power that was being suppressed by an abnormally low HR/FB rate.

    Comment by Tigersfan — September 28, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

  16. I’m biased, bc he’s my fiances cousin, but its LaRoche all the way for me. Nothing cooler than watching him hit a HR with his grandma in the room.

    Comment by MrKnowNothing — September 30, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

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