This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Last week, the first half All-Star teams were presented, both in terms of total earnings and profit. Admittedly, the exercise is as much for entertainment as a lesson, but the names are fun to look at, especially in context with our rosters. That said, a couple of things stood out as the lists were put together, serving as a launching pad into the second half and efficient managing of our fantasy clubs.
Initially, I didn't think much of the fact the first 12 and second 12 batters neatly fit into a standard legal lineup. Usually, there's at least one hitter in the top 12, often an outfielder, squeezed out of first-team honors due to a position crunch, then another in the next dozen etc.
Upon closer inspection, not only weren't there any leftover outfielders, in order to render a First Team Overall legal lineup, Cody Bellinger (1B/OF) and Ketel Marte (2B/OF) landed in the outfield with Nolan Arenado (3B) occupying Utility. In the Second Team Overall outfield was Whit Merrifield (2B/OF) with Xander Bogaerts (SS) at Utility. In order to fill the Third Team Overall outfield, it was necessary to snub a half-dozen more productive infielders and elevate Kris Bryant (3B/OF) into the fifth OF spot.
Here's the position breakdown for the three First Half Overall teams:
Other than the already