Yahoo! Sports' trio of fantasy experts will each offer up, on a regular basis, a look at their top five lists dealing with a variety of topics.
This week's topics: Slow starts, believe it or not? Forecasting the top closers, players synonymous with their teams and a casting redux for the movie Major League.
Top 5 early-season disappointments who will remain in a funk
Top 5 early-season disappointments who will turn it around
Top 5 closers with the most fantasy value for the remainder of the season
Top 5 Mr. (insert MLB team name here) players since 1970
If you were casting the movie Major League with real baseball players, who would you get to play the following roles: Jake Taylor, Willie Mays Hays, Pedro Cerrano, Ricky Vaughn, Roger Dorn
Reader response to last week's High Fives
Love the hypothetical baseball World Cup rankings, but I think you and the fellas are slighting the Venezuelans a bit. They don't have the lineup depth that that the U.S.A. and Dominicans would, but look at the lineup the Venezuelans could muster to back Johan Santana, Freddy Garcia, Carlos Zambrano and Kelvim Escobar as a front four: Carlos Guillen, Melvin Mora, Bobby Abreu, Miguel Cabrera, Ramon Hernandez, Victor Martinez and Cesar Izturis and Omar Vizquel as table setters. That's not in the class of the U.S.A or Dominicans, but with that pitching, does it need to be? They'd give us a run for our money. – Sean, Greenville, FL
I'm hurt, Matt. You put down Venezuela as having the fourth-best chance to win a World Cup kind of thing. Perfectly fine. But then you don't even mention Bobby Abreu's name? Ouch! – Abhi, Newark, DE
I agree with some of these guys, but to still not give Japan its props and say that they will be top five in a baseball World Cup is absurd. –
Funston, I have not seen anybody talk about Cesar Izturis. He is one of the top SS this year and no one has mentioned him. I said before the season started that he would be the biggest sleeper. I chose him for all of my 12 team leagues in the last round. A guy who has a .300-plus batting average and steals 25 bases at SS is very good. Why hasn't anyone talked about him? – John
Regarding the top five non-baseball movies of all time: How can you all put Miracle or even Caddyshack on the list and totally neglect Slap Shot? The Hanson brothers and Paul Newman easily make that movie top five material, if not deserving of the top spot. – Carl, Istanbul, Turkey
Greatest non-baseball sports movies ever and all three of you miss the two best. Kingpin and The Longest Yard obviously rank up there. – Zachary, Pittsburgh, PA
RE: Top Five non-Baseball movies: Come on, not one mention of Slap Shot? What other sports movie has nudity, leather suits, mullets and enough foul language to make Bobby Knight blush? I am very concerned that the Yahoo! Sports fantasy staff has gone too soft. I personally blame it on the lack of fantasy hockey in 2005 – too much dribbling and foul balls and not enough major penalties for fighting! – Jeff, New Hampshire