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FANTASY PROFILE: MIKE TROUT, OF, LOS ANGELES ANGELS
LWOS Ranking 1, Captains’ Value: $34.13
Mike Trout is the consensus #1 pick in fantasy baseball. If you have the number one pick you take Trout. That is easy, what about auctions. Here is where there is some question of what to spend. We value his numbers at $34, but you will need to pay more than that to land the big fish. Average auction value (AAV) on ESPN is at $50.8.
That is a big portion of your auction budget. This removes any chance of getting value out of this buy. Add in to this equation the fact that his stolen bases have dropped from 49 to 33 to just 16 last year. Then add in the fact that his batting average has dropped from .326 to .323 to just .287 last year. Finally, you have a K rate that went from 19% in 2013 to 26.1% in 2014. How confident do you feel spending $50 now? I am all for buying Mike Trout at the price range around $40-$45. If you need to spend more than that save your money and buy to top guys with your $50. (Adam Jones $27.6 and Josh Donaldson $20.8 AAV per ESPN)
You can not go wrong drafting Mike Trout #1 overall in all leagues, but only buy Mike Trout when the price is right. Do not to wreck you auction budget to own the best baseball player.