As promised, here are the top 10 batters according to Yahoo in our 5x5 league.
1. Ortiz 65 Runs, 31 HR, 87 RBI, 0 Steals, .278 Avg.
2. Thome 69 Runs, 30 HR, 77 RBI, 0 Steals, .298 Avg.
3. Hafner 68 R, 25 HR, 74 RBI, 0 Steals, .322 Avg.
4. Crawford 55 R, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 32 Steals, .319 Avg.
5. Dye 56 R, 25 HR, 68 RBI, 3 Steals, .318 Avg.
6. Wells 48 R, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 10 Steals, .311 Avg.
7. Arod 61 R, 19 HR, 65 RBI, 9 steals, .282 Avg.
8. Giambi 56 R, 27 HR, 72 RBI, 1 Steal, .260 Avg.
9. Suzuki 66 R, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 27 Steals, .343 Avg.
10. Konerko 55 R, 21 HR, 67 RBI, 1 Steal, .313 Avg.
Batters 11-15 are Tejada, Ramirez, Sizemore, Morneau, Ibanez.
I'd say no major suprises here, with the exception of Ibanez having a quietly good season and the absence of Vlad (21st) and Young (30th). Obviously, because of our league Suzuki and Crawford have inflated value because of steals. That being said, Ichiro still hits like crazy and Crawford is a serious threat. I think Ortiz has clearly demonstrated his value time and again. Thome gets the biggest turn around award but teammate Dye has got be close on his heels in the voting (alhtough Dye turned it around last year technically). Finally, Giambi, Arod, and Konerko all seem to be in the right place, on the bottom (hehe).
My prediction is that by the end of the season Tejada and Ramirez will be in the top ten. Thome, Dye and Crawford are the mostly likely to fade a little but probably not out of the top ten. Ichiro and Konerko are most like to fall off the list, although Konerko has been a second half guy the last couple of years (if my memory serves me right).
With Aubrey Huff moving to the National league there is no threat from him. Sorry, there was never any threat from him, I am just trying to rub that trade into X's skin :-) However, if rumors are true that Tejada will jump to the NL, I'll be the one crying.