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Three heavy hitters who have won me over

By Al Melchior | Data Analyst

It's hard to draw many firm conclusions two weeks into the season, but based on some of the early returns, there are some players whom I have either bumped up in my rankings or are on the verge of doing so. Tops among these is Giancarlo Stanton. Going into last season, I thought he would be able to maintain or build on his production from 2012, even without a strong supporting cast. Instead, he became a more passive hitter and lacked the power that made him an up-and-coming elite.

It remains to be seen if Stanton can stay healthy after a couple of injury-plagued seasons, but it's highly encouraging to see him show power in the early going, especially since he's been a slow starter in the past. Maybe it's already too late to try to buy Stanton at a relative bargain, but it can't hurt to see what his Fantasy owner might want in return. I am once again seeing him on the cusp of being a top five outfielder and would be willing to pay for him as if he were just that.

Two others who deserve mea culpas...

Michael Morse: As with Stanton, he still looks like a potential injury risk, but with declining power numbers and a move to AT&T Park, I wasn't even sure he could hold down an everyday job for very long. Obviously, a lot can change over the coming weeks, but I was not expecting Morse to have a pair of homers and four doubles after two weeks, especially with only one of those extra-base hits (a double) coming at a hitter's park (Chase Field).

Carlos Beltran: After he hit only five home runs in the second half last season, I figured Beltran's late-career renaissance was about to come to an end. He did hit exceedingly well over the first two months in each of the last two seasons, and he seems to be on the same course yet again, with three home runs and five doubles. Again, Beltran has done his mashing over a small sample of at-bats, but nonetheless, he has already exceeded my early-season expectations.

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