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Pete Alonso Looks Like Early-Season Fantasy MVP With Record-Breaking Performance

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
Washington Nationals  v New York Mets
Washington Nationals v New York Mets / Al Bello

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Almost a third of the way into the 2019 MLB season, the New York Mets' 27-28 record likely doesn't give the team's fans all that much to be excited about. However, one player on the Mets is breaking MLB records and doing wonders for his fantasy owners.

First basemen Pete Alonso made franchise and MLB history by hitting two home runs last night – tying the MLB rookie record of 19 homers before June 1 and breaking the Mets' team record for home runs by a rookie in a calendar month with 10. When you're surpassing players like Darryl Strawberry and Mark McGuire, you're in pretty good company.

And Alonso still has two games left in May to potentially break the MLB rookie record for homers before the calendar turns to June.

It's Alonso's preseason fantasy ranking that makes these feats even more impressive. The Polar Bear had a consensus overall ADP of 213, putting him outside the top 120 hitters and top 25 first baseman. So those fantasy owners that used a late-round flier on him surely look like geniuses right about now.

The Mets' all-time record for home runs in a rookie season is 26 – a mark Strawberry set during his 1983 campaign. Alonso could conceivably crack that number in the next few weeks, if he keeps up his torrid pace. The record for most home runs by a rookie is 52, held by New York Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge.

The Mets' all-time single-season home run record is 41 (set by Todd Hundley in 1996 and tied by Carlos Beltran in 2006). It's not unrealistic to think Alonso could surpass that this year, given his current production not even a third of the way through the season. Alonso is currently on pace to hit 56.

Alonso has not just been great for a rookie, he has rewarded those who had the foresight to take a chance on him in fantasy drafts. His 19 home runs currently ranks third in Major League Baseball, behind only the Brewers' Christian Yelich and the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger. He's also tied for eighth in the Majors in RBI (43) and is ranked ninth in slugging percentage (.624).

If Alonso keeps up his production, look for the slugger not only to take home Rookie of the Year honors, but possibly even make a run at National League MVP Award.

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Leo Abbe-Schneider is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Leo Abbe-Schneider also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username leoabbe2. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.