Ranks reax: Dustin Ackley should be higher

Updated: July 13, 2011, 12:09 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I guess I'm a sucker for middle infielders. Who knew? As I peered over the ESPN Fantasy second-half rankings, I was struck with just how differently I ranked the second basemen and shortstops (better) and the closers (worse) compared with the rest of the group. The closers part doesn't surprise me one bit -- I'm always passive on saves -- but the middle-infield difference was interesting. Do I like Chase Utley, Dustin Ackley and others because I really like them statistically, or did I just give them an extra bump because of position scarcity? I think the answer on both is yes!

The concept carries weight because, let's face it, we all want to build teams our way. As I wrote in Monday's blog, there's just too much decent pitching available for me to grasp for it early in drafts. I regarded our mid-July rankings exercise this way -- like a draft -- and went heavy on hitters. But in addition to favoring power and major speed options, I appeared to go heavy on the middle infielders. Here are a few players I seemed to like considerably better than the consensus: