With the 2012 regular season just days away from being complete, it is time to look back on the top fantasy heroes from the Atlanta Braves. Many expected Dan Uggla to be in the running for the National League MVP before the season started, but that didn't happen. After his hot start, Freddie Freeman was thrown into the MVP conversation, but he struggled at times. There were some players that struggled a year ago that bounced back in a big way, so where do the biggest Atlanta stars sit in the end of the year rankings?
Kimbrel is on his way to threatening the records of every closer that has pitched before him. After a marvelous rookie season in 2011, Kimbrel has improved and been a more lethal threat to the opposition. He is 3-1 with a 1.02 ERA, 42 saves (in 45 chances), 0.65 WHIP, .123 BAA, 113 strikeouts and just 14 walks.
2. Martin Prado
Prado doesn't have the high power numbers like Freeman, Brian McCann, or Jason Heyward, but out of everyone on offense this season, he was the most consistent. 2011 was a bad year for Prado, but he returned to his 2010 form by hitting .303 with 10 home runs, 69 RBIs, 81 runs, 42 doubles, six triples and 17 stolen bases.
3. Kris Medlen
If the Braves decided to give Medlen a chance to start earlier in the season, he could have been in the hunt for the NL Cy Young award. The team has won his last 23 starts and he has gone 9-0 since he made his first start of the season in July. Overall this season, he is 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA, 120 strikeouts, 0.91 WHIP, .208 BAA and just 23 walks.
4. Freddie Freeman
Despite coming back to reality after a great April and May, Freeman is still one of the top fantasy stars for Atlanta this season. He is hitting .263 with 23 home runs, 94 RBIs, 33 doubles and a .806 OPS.
5. Tim Hudson
While Hudson hasn't been consistent this season, he has continued his winning ways. He is 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA and 102 strikeouts. He has made just 28 starts, but has been pitching well as of late, just in time for the postseason.
6. Jason Heyward
7. Michael Bourn
9. Brandon Beachy
10. Tommy Hanson
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Hobson Lopes has been a life-long Atlanta Braves fan, thanks to TBS, and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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