Fantasy Baseball: Redrafting the First Round at the All-Star Break

Chris Sale has gotten back to his high-strikeout ways, making him an incredibly valuable fantasy pitcher. How many other hurlers would join him in the first round if we redrafted our season-long leagues today?

Today is one of the most boring days in the sports world, with yesterday right there with it.

It's the MLB All-Star Break hangover. None of the major U.S. sports are in session. Thank goodness for Scott Fish's Fish Bowl 7, which allows us fantasy degenerates to whet our appetites with some early football action.

While football prep has definitely started for some, we are also grinding towards the fantasy baseball playoffs. If you're part of a head-to-head league, those kick off in roughly a month. But instead of looking into the future, let's have some fun by taking a peek back to the start of the season.

Knowing what we know now, let's see how the first round should have played out using numberFire's nERD metric, which allows us to rank all of our players and compare their performances to a league-average player.

Let's break down the top-12 players in terms of nERD, and then juxtapose it to when they were taken in National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) drafts.