One consistent thing that I have found looking at site after site is that the majority of fantasy baseball analysts still put Bryce Harper ahead of Mike Trout and this baffles me to no end. What statistical numbers, ranking system or crystal ball do these analysts use to put Harper higher than Trout?
So, I dug deeper. If we look at 2016 stats Harper has played in 73 games, Trout 76. Harper has 15 home runs, Trout 16. Harper is hitting .249, Trout .313. Harper has 43 RBIs, 43 Rs and 9 SBs, Trout has 52 RBIs, 53 Rs and 10 SBs. In fact the only category I saw that Trout was behind Harper in was walks and games suspended. Which makes me ask how can Harper be ranked ahead of Trout?
Analysts will point out what an amazing year Harper had last year and I agree it was amazing, but that was last year and it was only one year. Have we forgotten that Trout has been pretty amazing every year he has been in the majors? Trout has a better three year batting average, better three year average home run total, and as a matter of fact a better walk, rbi and run average over the past three years. So, can there be any justification for ranking Bryce Harper ahead of Mike Trout?
I will continue to be baffled by this, but I guess when rankings are purely based on an analyst's opinion then they don't actually need facts to back themselves up.
If you have any answer to why Trout is behind Harper in most fantasy baseball rankings we would love to hear from you.