Paul Konerko, First Base, Chicago White Sox:
Part of the reason the White Sox have been able to compete all season long has been the steady production of Konerko. As of Sept. 23, Konerko had a .313 average, 37 round-trippers and 105 RBIs, placing him among the leaders in all three categories. Most people have been talking about Cabrera and Hamilton but Konerko would have been in the MVP discussion had the White Sox been able to keep it together down the stretch.
Mark Teixeira, First Base, New York Yankees:
Apparently it’s just going to be a yearly thing for Teixeira to get off to a slow start. Even with another atrocious April, Teixeira’s production has still been there and he’s once again a force in the middle of the Yankees’ lineup. With 30 homers and 100 RBIs once again, Teixeira is still a premier power hitter and his average of .254 isn’t that bad considering his OPS is still a solid .840 for the season. Though it’s actually a sub-par season for Teixeira, fantasy owners were glad to have him once he got rolling.
Aubrey Huff, First Base, San Francisco Giants:
Huff has been the main pop in the Giants’ lineup, even though his name isn’t the type that usually sells MLB tickets by the handful. Still, it’s hard to argue with his production. In a lineup desperate for power, Huff has stepped up by smacking 25 bombs and driving in 84 runs – a fairly impressive number for a notorious pitcher’s ballpark.
Adrian Beltre, Third Base, Boston Red Sox:
Just don’t mess with Beltre in a contract season. On a one-year deal, Beltre was arguably the best player on the Red Sox’s roster and he’s been the most consistent hitter all season long. With roughly 10 games to play, Beltre had a .324 average, 28 long balls and 99 RBIs. If the Red Sox didn’t get that type of production from him, they may not even have finished in third place in the American League East.
Ichiro Suzuki, Outfield, Seattle Mariners:
It hasn’t been one of Ichiro’s best seasons, but he’s still well above .300 for an average and just recently cracked 40 stolen bases for the fourth time in his career. Seattle clearly needs to get Ichiro some pop in the lineup behind him, but he’s still getting on base and getting in position to score.
Juan Pierre, Outfield, Chicago White Sox:
Outside of Konerko, one of the other bright spots on the White Sox roster this year has been Juan Pierre. Pierre is leading the league with 60 stolen bases and is hitting better than he had in previous years. Any time you have a guy at the top of your lineup stealing 60 bases, you should be in a position to win a few games.
Shin-Soo Choo, Outfield, Cleveland Indians:
Choo has quietly put together a nice season on a team that has been out of it from the get-go. With 20 bombs, 20 steals and 82 RBIs in a lackluster lineup, Choo is a guy that definitely gave fantasy owners plenty of value all season long.
David Wright, Third Base, New York Mets:
It’s hard to get excited about a guy who plays in New York and doesn’t wear pinstripes, but Wright has done all he can to help his team win. Criticized for losing his power stroke after a weak season in 2009 from a power standpoint, Wright responded with 25 homers and 95 RBIs with more than a week to go in the regular season. Wright has also added in 19 stolen bases, making him a very solid fantasy producer in 2010.