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Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL SPORTING NEWS TOP 12

So the Sporting News 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is now on sale and while it is a decent enough publication, they only go a few sentences deep on each player whereas we go a full paragraph or more.  With that said, let's see who made up their top 12.  

1.  Mike Trout
2.  Mookie Betts
3.  Jose Altuve
4.  Paul Goldschmidt
5.  Bryce Harper
6.  Manny Machado
7.  Nolan Arenado
8.  Kris Bryant
9.  Clayton Kershaw
10. Anthony Rizzo
11. Josh Donaldson
12. Trea Turner

All right so the top four is the exact same as ours and pretty much consistent everywhere else.  From there we diverge as our Top 12 looks like this.

1.  Mike Trout
2.  Mookie Betts
3.  Jose Altuve
4.  Paul Goldschmidt
5.  Kris Bryant
6.  Nolan Arenado
7.  Josh Donaldson
8.  Manny Machado
9.  Bryce Harper
10. Clayton Kershaw 
11. Anthony Rizzo
12. Miguel Cabrera

Not sure why Sporting News has Bryant behind Machado and Arenado since he runs more than those two and could reach 50 homers this season which Machado at least won't do.  We have Kershaw and Rizzo in the same area code but it is a classic reach with Turner at 12.  We see this every year with Yasiel Puig or Carlos Correa as a rookie performer who goes nuts vaults into Round 1 the next season without even a full campaign of MLB experience under their belt.  While we love Turner as much as anyone, he should not go in Round 1.  The power he showed last season was an outlier compared to his minor league numbers and who knows if the sophomore slump will hurt him like it has many others.  We have Cabrera included instead as his stick is still massive.  Also they have Harper a bit higher then we do but no issues having him there since his poor 2016 was an anomaly unlikely to be repeated this season.  



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