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Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL: TOP 12 FOR 2018 DRAFTS

Let's do this.  With the 2017 fantasy football season in the books (if you are in fact playing a final in Week 17, you need a better commissioner) and so our full attention turns to the upcoming fantasy baseball season.  Fantasy baseball is what we were founded on and we continue to offer the most comprehensive coverage in the game.  From our much-lauded daily WRAPUPS; to our gigantic yearly draft guides that go into a depth on each player that is unmatched in the field, we are well-prepared to guide you to the championship in your league once again.  With that said, let's unveil our first look at what the first round of a standard mixed league should look like at this early juncture.

1.  Mike Trout:  While he has had challengers in the recent past (Miguel Cabrera, Mookie Betts), Mike Trout continues to reign supreme as the slam dunk top pick for 2018 fantasy baseball.  With Trout running a bit more the last few seasons and offering his customary massive power, average, and RBI combination, don't overthink this one.

2.  Jose Altuve:  With Altuve now establishing himself as a 20-plus home run guy, there is no category the second base dynamo doesn;t offer massive impact in.

3.  Giancarlo Stanton:  It is scary to think of how many home runs Stanton could hit in Yankee Stadium after he went for 59 while calling the spacious ballpark in Miami home last season.  A run at 70 is very possible.

4.  Paul Goldschmidt:  Getting a first baseman who can hit .300 with 30 homers and 20 steals is virtually unheard of.

5.  Bryce Harper:  While the steals and average may fluctuate a bit year-to-year, Harper is still as good as it gets.

6.  Aaron Judge:  Not far behind his new outfield mate is the AL Rookie of the Year Judge.  What a home run race this is going to be between the two.

7.  Mookie Betts:  Betts went second in most fantasy baseball leagues last season and him dropping this far is no indictment.

8.  Carlos Correa:  Yes he suddenly stopped running but Correa also began to slam the baseball with massive power that is very tough to get at shortstop.

9.  Nolan Arenado:  Flip a coin between this Rockies All-Star third baseman and his outfield teammate.

10. Charlie Blackmon:  See above.

11. Kris Bryant:  It is funny how Bryant is actually a bit overshadowed now with the influx of top-end talent that has emerged the last two seasons but don't think for a second your not getting a huge star here if you snatch the Cubs third baseman.

12. Joey Votto:  The best pure hitter in the game has an MVP-type 2017 campaign but languished on a bad team.  The bat remains as potent as ever.

Right on the border are Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, and Nationals starter Max Scherzer.  You surely can't go wrong with anyone on this list anyways but this is how we see it.


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