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Has Mike Trout been unseated as the #1 fantasy player?

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Ray offers his thoughts on who the new #1 fantasy player is through the first two months of the season.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

There really hasn't been any question as to who the best player in fantasy has been over the last 2-3 years. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has be in a category all by himself, the Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown season notwithstanding. Here is a look at how Trout has performed over his short career, courtesy of FanGraphs:

Season

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

ISO

BABIP

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

WAR

2012

20

93

1

21

13

6

0.221

0.476

0.403

0.467

0.623

0.464

179

2012

139

639

30

129

83

49

0.238

0.383

0.326

0.399

0.564

0.409

167

10.3

2013

157

716

27

109

97

33

0.234

0.376

0.323

0.432

0.557

0.423

176

10.5

2014

157

705

36

115

111

16

0.274

0.349

0.287

0.377

0.561

0.402

167

8

2015

50

214

12

38

26

8

0.253

0.326

0.296

0.383

0.548

0.392

160

2.9

He is only 23 years of age and he already has two 10+ fWAR seasons, one MVP award, two second controversial second place finishes in the AL MVP voting, two 30+ home run seasons, and owns a career slash line of .305-.394-.549 with 110 home runs in just over three seasons. He has a career wRC+ of 165, which tells you he is 65% better than the average player. Yes, he is damn good.

In 2015, he has hit .296-.383-.548 with 12 home runs, 38 runs scored, 26 RBI and 8 stolen bases in 214 plate appearances, and is on pace for  38 home runs, 121 runs scored, 83 RBI and 25 stolen bases this season. Pretty impressive, but that might not be enough to solidify Trout at the number 1 fantasy player in 2015, and in 2016 drafts. Yes, 2016 drafts are almost a year away, but determining whether there is a change at the top is always a fun exercise.

ESPN's Player Rater ranks Trout as the ninth best fantasy player in 2015 right now. I don't use the player rater at all, but figured I would use it for this exercise since my assumption is that many of our readers do use it during the season.

So who will replace him as the #1 fantasy player in 2015 and in 2016 fantasy drafts?

Again, I didn't use the ESPN Player Rater for this article, but it just so happens the two players that could unseat Trout as the #1 fantasy player this season sit atop the rater rankings. The two players:

Paul Goldschmidt and Bryce Harper

Really not a big surprise as both have been two of the best hitters in baseball this season. We all know about Harper's exploits. He leads the National League in home runs, runs scored, walks, SLG and OPS after his huge performance in May, where he hit 13 of his 18 home runs, and drove in 28 of his 43 runs batted in. He is currently hitting .325-.469-.724 with 18 home runs, 42 runs scored, 43 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He is on pace to hit 58 home runs, scored 136, and drive in 139 runs. That assumes he will maintain this pace for the rest of the season, and we all know that won't happen. I mean it could. He could hit another 40 home runs the rest of the way, but he would have to average 10 home runs per month the rest of the way, which he has accomplished zero times until this May, so the chances that he does are pretty small. Could he hit 35-40 home runs? Absolutely. He could hit 40-45 home runs. To hit 40 home runs, he will have to average just 6 home runs each month the rest of the season.

The other player who could unseat Trout as the #1 fantasy player in 2015 is Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Coming into the season, he was coming off wrist surgery, so some may have had reservations drafting him this season, as wrist injuries tend to linger. Thus far, it appears that Goldschmidt is fully healthy, as he is hitting for average and power, and stealing bases. He has been a fantasy owner's dream through the first two months of the season thus far, as he is hitting .354-.463-.680 with 15 home runs, 39 runs scored, 43 RBI and 8 stolen bases, after going 3-4 with a home run and 4 walks in Sunday's 17 inning loss to the Brewers. Like Harper, he is on pace to put up some monstrous numbers this season: 50 home runs, 129 runs scored, 142 RBI and 26 stolen bases.  Hitting 50 home runs is not an easy task, so I don't see him reaching that projection, but 40 home runs are well within his reach, and he should steal 20+ bases as well.

Right now, both Harper and Goldschmidt are having a better fantasy season through two monhts than Trout, and are on pace to put up much better stats for a full season as well. Listen,I realize Trout could go off over the next four months of the season and continue his reign as the # 1 fantasy player in 2015, but Harper and Goldschmidt are the two hitters with the best chance at unseating him this season.

And I think both will be ranked higher than Trout at the end of the season, resulting in some terrific offseason discussion about who to take at the #1 spot in drafts next season. Trout has his loyal owners, while Harper and Goldschmidt will garner plenty of love as well.

Who is your #1 fantasy player right now?