It never hurts to have Miguel Cabrera on your fantasy team, but championships are usually won by owners who are the beneficiaries of breakout seasons by unexpected sources. As the league returns from the All-Star break, staff writer Tim Hubbard chooses most-valuable-player and Cy Young Award winners from each league based on their first-half performances in relation to their pre-season projections by the fantasy experts at MLB.com.
American League MVP
Chris Davis | 1B | Baltimore
Davis may end up battling Cabrera for the real MVP award, but for fantasy value, Davis gets the nod. Though ranked in the preseason by mlb.com as the 19th best first baseman, Davis' 37 home runs and 93 runs batted in have surpassed his predicted output. It's scary to think there are probably fantasy teams who have Cabrera and Davis manning their corners.
AL CY Young
Hisashi Iwakuma | SP | Seattle
Nobody expected Max Scherzer to start 13-1, but he still came with a high sticker price on draft day. All you need to know about mlb.com's opinion of Iwakuma is that he was ranked No. 71 among starting pitchers, five spots worse than the Angels' Joe Blanton, who is having a miserable season. Iwakuma leads AL pitchers in WHIP and is near the top 10 in wins, ERA and strikeouts.