Fantasy lessons learned so far in 2012 

August, 17, 2012
8/17/12
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If asked to name the biggest story of the 2012 fantasy baseball season, most people would highlight the extraordinary performance of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Not only has he locked up AL Rookie of the Year honors, but regardless of whether his team makes it to the postseason, I think he should be the AL MVP. For fantasy owners he enters the third weekend of August leading ESPN's Player Rater by a staggering margin, on pace for numbers rarely accomplished by anyone in the game's wondrous history, rookie or veteran.

Of course, that hardly means it's time to alter philosophy on all rookies just because one of them has proved to be about as special as they come.