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High Fives: Middle Infielders

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Each Monday during the 2012 regular season, the Yahoo! fantasy experts will offer their quick hitters on certain positions in fantasy baseball. This week, Andy Behrens, Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on middle infielders. Topics include middle objects of affection and derision, and players to target for both the shallow- and deep-league crowds.

Top 5 middles you are loving right now?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Mike Aviles – Sigh ... figures the one year that I'm not overly invested
  2. Jose Altuve
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera
  4. J.J. Hardy
  5. Dustin Ackley
  1. J.J. Hardy – After sluggish start he's wielded a Thor-like hammer – .337-6-14 in May
  2. Kelly Johnson
  3. Omar Infante
  4. Sean Rodriguez
  5. Alcides Escobar
  1. Elvis Andrus – Hitting over .370 the past two weeks with 14 runs scored; still just 23 years old
  2. J.J. Hardy
  3. Kelly Johnson
  4. Daniel Murphy
  5. Jose Altuve
Top 5 middles you are hating right now?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Rickie Weeks – 31.2% K rate? Good lord, Rickie, don't let 'em in your kitchen
  2. Jimmy Rollins
  3. Alexei Ramirez
  4. Neil Walker
  5. Aaron Hill
  1. Dee Gordon – Posting more 0-fers than a Trekkie at a swanky nightclub. Demotion coming?
  2. Troy Tulowitzki
  3. Rickie Weeks
  4. Neil Walker
  5. Michael Young
  1. The Weeks family – Rickie and Jemile are batting a combined .177 this season, with something like 8,000 strikeouts (mostly Rickie).
  2. Dee Gordon
  3. Neil Walker
  4. Zack Cozart
  5. Orlando Hudson
Top 5 middles to target on the waiver wire?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Kyle Seager – Strong pedigree and a 20/15 pace - and he's eligible at SS!
  2. Erick Aybar
  3. Jed Lowrie
  4. Alcides Escobar
  5. Jemile Weeks
  1. Elliot Johnson – Smorgasbord of stats – .385-1-5-6-4 over the past 14 days and SS eligible.
  2. Kyle Seager
  3. Alcides Escobar
  4. Jemile Weeks
  5. Erick Aybar
  1. Kyle Seager – Enjoyed weekend in Colorado - 5-for-10 with 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 HR, 1 3B and 1 SB.
  2. Erick Aybar
  3. Aaron Hill
  4. Elliot Johnson
  5. Alcides Escobar
Top 5 middles to target on the wire for deep leaguers?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Brian Dozier – Twins minor league POW in '11 has serviceable all-around skillset and hard-nosed approach managers love
  2. Sean Rodriguez
  3. Marco Scutaro
  4. Tyler Greene
  5. Willie Bloomquist
  1. Taylor Pastronicky – Hit safely in eight straight games and finally starting to steal bases
  2. Sean Rodriguez
  3. Brian Dozier
  4. Freddy Galvis
  5. Marco Scutaro
  1. Brian Dozier – Working on a 6-game hitting streak (which admittedly isn't much of a streak) and hit .320 in minors last year with 24 steals.
  2. Marco Scutaro
  3. Tyler Greene
  4. Josh Harrison
  5. Sean Rodriguez
In honor of Facebook's lackluster IPO, top 5 hyped rookies that fizzled out of the gates
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Jeremy Hermida – Luckily I jumped off his bandwagon early on, but some fantasy pundits just couldn't give him up
  2. Andy Marte
  3. Brandon Wood
  4. Brandon Phillips
  5. Cameron Maybin
  1. Hee-Seop Choi – Projected 30 HR seasons never materialized after Kerry Wood concussed him
  2. Matt LaPorta
  3. Homer Bailey
  4. Andy Marte
  5. Brandon Wood
  1. Andy Marte – Does everyone remember the Miguel Cabrera comparisons? I didn't make that up, right?
  2. Brandon Wood
  3. Jesse Foppert
  4. Felix Pie
  5. Domonic Brown
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