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Fantasy Baseball: Is Roy Halladay A First Round Pick In 2011?

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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 06:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on October 6 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 06: Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on October 6 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Roy Halladay was already great before yesterday's no-hitter, only the second no-hitter in post season history. After hearing about his gem (I was playing basketball), my first thought was that the Phillies could win the World Series again this year. On my drive home, I started thinking about whether Roy Halladay should be a first round pick in 2011 fantasy drafts. With first round picks like Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, and Ryan Howard underperforming in 2010, Halladay should be a first round pick in 2011.

I think Halladay can be considered a first round pick in fantasy drafts next March as he is the most consistent starting pitcher in all of baseball. Halladay went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 1.041 WHIP, striking out 219 while walking just 30 batters in 250+ innings pitched.

He has made 30 or more starts in 7 of the last 9 years, and has had a sub-3.00 ERA in 4 of those 7 seasons. Consider that he accomplished that while pitching in baseball's toughest division, it should surprise no one that he lowered his ERA to 2.44 in his first year in the National League. Not only did Halladay lead the majors in wins in 2010 with 21, he also lead MLB with 9 complete games and 4 shutouts.

Halladay has thrown more than 220 innings in each of the last 5 years, but what is really amazing to me is that he has increased his strikeout totals over the last 5 years. His strikeouts totals are as follows: 132-139-206-208-219. I am not sure what he did in 2008 to increase his K totals from 139 to 206, but he continues to get better. In the same period, he has decreased his walk totals as well.

Is Halladay a first round pick in 2011?