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Who Is Giancarlo Stanton?

Giancarlo Stanton is already a budding young star on the Miami Marlins (formerly known as the Florida Marlins), and he is somebody to keep your eye on for to fantasy baseball 2012. Given all the money the Marlins' ownership spent last winter, between getting their new stadium ready and getting new players like Jose Reyes, Giancarlo Stanton should expect to put up even better numbers in the new ballpark, and with a vastly- improved team. He's definitely a name you want to remember when it comes to playing fantasy baseball at DraftStreet, where you can put your fantasy baseball knowledge to use in winning fantasy cash and prizes. So yes ,you need to remember Giancarlo Stanton's name.

Yet many baseball fans, even those who play fantasy baseball regularly, may give you a blank stare if you tell them about how good Giancarlo Stanton is. Who? They might ask? That may sound strange that a player like him, who plays right field and drove in 34 homers last year, might not be well-known. Yet it's not because Giancarlo Stanton plays in a smaller market. It's because that, much like the Florida Marlins changed their name to the Miami Marlins this year, Stanton had a name change, too. You see, Giancarlo Stanton is the artist - make that the player - known as Mike Stanton! Giancarlo is his real first name, and Michael is his middle name. This year, Mike Stanton is now going by Giancarlo Stanton, which is something important to remember when drafting your fantasy baseball 2012 team.

The funny thing is, though, that Giancarlo didn't change his name back to his own earlier, given that when he was a highly-touted rookie, lots of people confused him with Mike Stanton, the former MLB reliever. At any rate, Giancarlo Stanton has a new year to look forward to, and a new manager with Ozzie Guillen, and potentially more excitement with the Miami team since 1997 and 2003, the two times the team won the World Series. If the Marlins can do something in the National League East, it is expected that Giancarlo Stanton will be a big part of it.

So what can you expect from Giancarlo Stanton on your fantasy team? Well, given that he has Jose Reyes on his team, who gets on base a ton, Stanton should drive in more runs than he did last season at 87. He could potentially get you 30+ homers and 100+ RBIs in your lineup. His batting average is mediocre, though, and he isn't much of a base-stealing threat, but Giancarlo Stanton could potentially put some pop in your fantasy baseball 2012 lineup.

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