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Justin Verlander, Casey McGehee, the entire Rays team and other surprising starts

By Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Even 11 weeks in, not every player has settled into the numbers we've come to expect from him -- and some will never get there. Adam Aizer, Al Melchior and I looked at some of those suggested by our viewers on Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today. Here are a few more of my own:

I'm surprised that Carlos Santana has outscored Yadier Molina in Head-to-Head points leagues despite batting .191. Just imagine when he gets that average up to .230 (or .240 or .260!).

I'm surprised that Evan Gattis has managed to be so productive despite sitting every third game and am encouraged by the reports of him potentially seeing some time in left field. If that happens, he's a top-five catcher for sure.

I'm surprised that Robinson Cano has only three home runs so far but is still a top-eight player at what has turned out to be one of the deepest positions in Fantasy. I honestly don't see the downside to trading for him right now.

I'm surprised that Alexei Ramirez has become a vital contributor at a position of need and am still skeptical it lasts. His .235 (12 for 51) batting average and one extra-base hit (a double) so far in June don't exactly ease my concerns.

I'm surprised that Dallas Keuchel, Phil Hughes and Jason Hammel have achieved some measure of Fantasy relevance. All three were about as far off my radar as a player can get coming into the season, but all three have my trust now.

 
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