PostHeaderIcon The All Star Fantasy Baseball Team You Could Have Drafted in 2017

Every year at the All Star Break there are players who have outperformed expectations. But has that ever been more true than it has been in 2017? Has there ever been a year before when a player who didn’t even get drafted in the first 20 rounds of most leagues may now be the number one player in all of fantasy baseball? Has there ever been another season when so many players were so far exceeding expectations? Not in recent memory.

Let’s just look at first base for example. Look at how many players are having tremendous seasons who were either not drafted or were drafted very late–players like Mark Reynolds, Justin Bour, Yonder Alonzo, Logan Morrison, Cody Bellinger, Justin Smoak, and Ryan Zimmerman. Those are 8 first basemen who are all outperforming early-round picks like Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis, Carlos Santana, Hanley Ramirez, Eric Hosmer, and many others. There has never been another season in my memory with this many late-round surprises.

If you had only known, here is a team of 2017 All Stars you could have drafted on Opening Day. Each player is listed with his preseason Average Draft Position (ADP) just to drive home the point of how long each of them was available during your league draft:

C: Salvador Perez (151)
C: Yadier Molina (188)
1B: Ryan Zimmerman (352)
1B: Cody Bellinger (402)
2B: Jonathan Schoop (175)
2B: Josh Harrison (303)
3B: Jake Lamb (154)
3B: Mike Moustakas (213)
SS: Elvis Andrus (152)
SS: Zack Cozart (319)
OF: Marcell Ozuna (164)
OF: Aaron Judge (262)
OF: Cory Dickerson (310)
OF: Michael Conforto (312)
OF: Avisail Garcia (443)
SP: Dallas Keuchel (127)
SP: Mike Fulmer (129)
SP: Robbie Ray (197)
SP: Ervin Santana (281)
SP: Luis Severino (365)
SP: Alex Wood (378)
SP: Jason Vargas (500+)
RP: Greg Holland (226)
RP: Brandon Kintzler (256)
RP: Corey Knebel (434)

Every one of these 25 players listed above is a 2017 All Star (Andrus is a reserve), yet you could have EASILY drafted them all. In a typical 12-team league, on average, none of these All Stars was drafted in the first 10 rounds, many of them including Aaron Judge weren’t drafted in the first 20 rounds, and still others besides that weren’t drafted at all!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many, many non All Stars who could also be included in this list of top performers as well. Numerous players like Erick Thames (209), Gio Gonzalez (287), Domingo Santana (288), Chris Ownings (327), Travis Shaw (354), Cameron Maybin (357), Steven Souza (397), Andrelton Simmons (413), Scott Schebler (431), and Jimmy Nelson (500+) are all putting up numbers that are far surpassing the preseason forecasts. How many of these bargains were you smart enough to snap up?

I know every year in every league there are always sleepers who emerge. But to this degree??? No sir, not that I can ever recall. When you can draft an entire championship fantasy baseball team, without utilizing a single player who was taken in the first 10 rounds of your league draft, that’s crazy. And that’s the 2017 season.

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