Biggest Fantasy Surprises of 2019 MLB Season So Far

Mike Esposito
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The fantasy baseball season is officially in full swing and, for the most part, several of the top fantasy performers are exactly who you'd expect them to be. However, the beginning of the season isn't without a few head-turning performances from players who weren't expected to be fantasy relevant.

Here are four surprise fantasy performers at the start the 2019 season.

1. Tim Beckham, 3B/SS, Seattle Mariners

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Tim Beckham has been red hot to start the 2019 season and looks to be in for a career year, if he keeps producing like he has so far. The Seattle infielder currently leads the American League in hits and runs scored, and owns an incredible 1.314 OPS through his first 11 games of the season.

2. Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers

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If you told me that Shane Greene would lead the Majors in saves through the first two weeks of the year, I'd say you were crazy. Yet, here we are. Detroit's closer has yet to allow a run and is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities on the season.

3. Willians Astudillo, C, Minnesota Twins

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There were doubts about his ability coming into this season, but Willians Astudillo has shown the baseball world that his late-season performance last year was no fluke. The 27-year-old owns a 1.458 OPS, leads AL catchers with a .500 batting average and three doubles on the young season.

4. Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox

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It may still be early and we may need to see a bit more from him, but it looks like Tim Anderson may finally be living up to his top-prospect potential. The 26-year-old leads the Majors with a .560 batting average and owns a robust 1.457 OPS across 26 plate appearances this season.

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