AL players to watch in the second half

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With the first half behind us, here are some AL players to keep in a eye on in the second half.

2B Robinson Cano- Yankees

Cano has been one of the best offensive second basemen in baseball the last few years. He was surely one of the first second basemen selected in fantasy leagues, but he disappointed in the first half. After posting an .890 and .841 OPS the last two seasons respectively, Cano currently sits at .692. With catcher Jorge Posada likely done for the season, the Yanks are going to need Cano to start hitting. If you need a second baseman, Cano is risk worth taking. Cano is 12 for his 23, and could be ready to break out in a big way.

SP Gavin Floyd- White Sox

Most have been waiting all season for Gavin Floyd to begin regressing, and BP is no different. They rank the young Sox hurler as the AL Central player you should "avert your eyes". Wins are vital in fantasy baseball, and Floyd has piled them up thus far. What's worrisome are his high fly ball rates and low strikeout rates. Floyd has now struggled in four of his last six outings, but still managed three wins. If you can sell Floyd off now, it's probably a good idea.

CF Adam Jones- Orioles

Maybe it's because Jones has his eyes closed in this mugshot that he's only owned in 23% of ESPN fantasy leagues. The young Orioles center fielder (their main prize in the offseason trade of Erik Bedard) is someone to watch the rest of the second half, particularly in dynasty leagues. Jones is a legit threat to go for 20 homers and 20 steals next season, and could get things started right now.

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