Top 5 National League Fantasy Baseball Stars for September 5: Fan’s View

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The National League pennant races are not the only contests to be decided in September. Big awards like the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year are also up for grabs. Included in today's NL fantasy stars are a Cy Young hopeful and a phenom making a late run at Rookie of the Year honors.

R.A. Dickey, sp, New York Mets - Dickey just keeps on picking up wins. He beat the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday to help the Mets avoid a sweep in the three-game series. Dickey, now 18-4, is enjoying a career year if there ever was one. His previous high in wins was 11, and his ERA is almost a full point and a half lower than his career mark or 4.01.

Jay Bruce, of, Cincinnati Reds - Bruce is becoming a regular on fantasy baseball roundups. He had three hits, including a double and a home run, and two RBIs in a Reds loss last night. Bruce has 14 RBIs in his last 10 games, and he now sits at third in the NL with 93 runs batted in. His numbers will look very good at the end of the 2012 season.

Adam LaRoche, 1st base, Washington Nationals - LaRoche may have snuck up on some fantasy owners. LaRoche has seven hits over his last two games. Wednesday he had three hits and a home run to go with his three RBIs in a Nationals drubbing of the Cubs. LaRoche now has 28 home runs and 90 RBIs and is well within reach of career highs in those areas.

Bryce Harper, of, Nationals - Not to be outdone by veteran teammate LaRoche, Harper had a big night of his own Wednesday. It was a "deuces-wild" kind of game for Harper, who had two hits, two home runs, two RBIs and two walks last night. It was his second multi-homer game in eight days, as he also went deep twice August 29. Harper now has 43 extra-base hits in just 437 at-bats.

Craig Kimbrel, closer, Atlanta Braves - Kimbrel saved a 1-0 win for the Braves last night, striking out four hitters to account for all of the one and a third innings he pitched. Kimbrel now has 33 saves on the season, and he has just three blown saves. His ERA is tiny at 1.25, and his WHIP is even better at 0.66. Kimbrel probably will not get to the 46 saves he notched last year, but his ERA, WHIP and batting average against are all significantly better than in 2011.

Brad Boeker has managed a fantasy baseball team for over 15 years.

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