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Tigers offense: Assessing Dirks, Avila ...

Updated: May 17, 2012, 2:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The disappointing, sub-.500 Detroit Tigers are 11th in baseball in runs scored, but that's mostly because of three players: Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder have combined to hit .311 with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs.

Jackson is 14th in baseball in OPS. (Hopefully the abdominal strain that forced him from Wednesday's game isn't serious; Don Kelly would not be a suitable replacement for the Tigers or fantasy owners.) Cabrera's OPS is down 82 points from his career mark, but he's still getting it done by being on pace for 35 home runs and 144 RBIs. He also has been better than advertised -- think competent, not Gold Glove-caliber -- at third base. The case can be made he's fantasy's top player right now, but I ranked him second behind Ryan Braun in our recent Top 250 update. Fielder's numbers are more significantly down, but I'd call him a target for fantasy owners, not someone to dump. He was ESPN Fantasy's 23rd-ranked player in the aforementioned Top 250.

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