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Mike Trout has been the consensus No. 1 overall fantasy baseball pick for at least five years running. The Angels' outfielder is a five-tool player that does it all, averaging more than 35 homers, 100 RBI, 105 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and a .300 batting average over the last five seasons. He's everything you want in a ​fantasy baseball draft pick.


However, where a players starts (the No. 1 overall pick in 2018) isn't necessarily where they end up (Trout was ranked No. 5 by season's end), and the reality of last season was that more than 20 players out-tallied the Angels' outfielder in combined counting stats (HR, RBI and runs scored).


The Red Sox J.D. Martinez, who was a second or third-round pick in 2018, ended up in the top-two in fantasy output, depending on your league's settings, last season and he was No. 1 in combined home runs, runs, and RBI with 284. For context, Trout combined for 219 last season.


There are plenty of cheat sheets for the 2019 season, but, as you can see below, one of the best ways to look forward is to see where we came from.

Trout surprisingly had the same combined homerun, RBI and runs scored total as Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who broke out and finished as a top 50 player last season. And remember Trout only had 471 at-bats due to injury, compared to Hoskins' 558. The two-time AL MVP would be the only player on this list with less than 500 plate appearances.


And somehow Martinez didn't finish in the top three in AL MVP race, behind teammate and winner Mookie Betts, Trout and Indians' infielder Jose Ramirez. But Martinez certainly led fantasy owners to titles last season.

A list like this, compiling the league's top power hitters from 2018, is a good place start if you're playing in a head-to-head league this coming season. But there are still plenty of top fantasy players who are missing. The Astros' Jose Altuve has been a ​top fantasy draft pick for years now and up-and-coming stars like the Braves' Ronald Acuna and the Nationals' Juan Soto, will surely see their stat lines grow with a full season of games in 2019.


Projections are always something to appreciate when preparing for a fantasy baseball draft, but it's often the numbers from last season that show fantasy owners what a player is truly capable of.


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Dan O'Shea is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Dan O'Shea also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Doshea93. While the strategies and player selection recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and plater selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.