You obsessed over your draft rankings. You checked lineups each and every day since Chris Archer threw the first pitch of the season on April 2. You navigated through injuries, slumps and demotions. And as of August 13, you stand just 50 days away from winning your fantasy baseball league.
Everything that has happened to this point in 2017 is water under the bridge. And, the process of evaluating players for '18 can be put on hold for at least seven weeks. Let's focus solely on the remaining 50 days of the season and identify a 50-for-50 -- the 50 players who will most help owners from this point forward.
No. 1: Mike Trout, outfielder, Angels
If not for injury, may have compiled 45 homers and 30 steals this year.
No. 2: Jose Altuve, second baseman, Astros
Hitting .422 since the All-Star break and supported by potent supporting cast.
No. 3: Max Scherzer, starter, Nationals
In a season with few aces, his reliable excellence stands out.
No. 4: Chris Sale, starter, Red Sox
On pace to top the 300-strikeout plateau.
No. 5: Paul Goldschmidt, first baseman, D-backs
Hitting .318 and the only player in baseball with more than 25 homers and 15 steals.
No. 6: Charlie Blackmon, outfielder, Rockies
Beginning on August 14, plays 29 of his final 45 games either at home or at Chase Field.
No. 7: Bryce Harper, outfielder, Nationals
Plate skills have returned to 2015 level but no longer stealing bases.
No. 8: Nolan Arenado, third baseman, Rockies
Should lead the Majors in RBIs for third consecutive season.
No. 9: Corey Kluber, starter, Indians
Has posted video-game numbers (1.70 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 13.4 K/9 rate) since returning from the DL on June 1.
No. 10: Mookie Betts, outfielder, Red Sox
Hitting just .269 but compiling plenty of counting stats.
No. 11: Joey Votto, first baseman, Reds
Likely 40-homer asset is hitting over .300 for the eighth time in past nine years.
No. 12: Giancarlo Stanton, outfielder, Marlins
Should finally produce long-awaited 50-homer campaign.
No. 13: Freddie Freeman, 1B/3B, Braves
Producing at a higher rate than his breakout 2016 campaign.
No. 14: J.D. Martinez, outfielder, D-backs
Ranks fifth in baseball in homers (23) and eighth in OPS (1.008) since returning from the DL on May 12.
No. 15: George Springer, outfielder, Astros
Hitting for average, power atop the best lineup in baseball.
No. 16: Anthony Rizzo, first baseman, Cubs
Consistent asset has compiled exactly six homers in each completed month of '17.
No. 17: Kris Bryant, 1B/3B/OF, Cubs
Top-five pick in many 2017 drafts may fall short of 30-homer mark.
No. 18: Kenley Jansen, reliever, Dodgers
Has posted eye-popping 77:5 K:BB ratio across 50 1/3 innings.
No. 19: Daniel Murphy, second baseman, Nationals
Since outset of '16, ranks second in baseball in batting average (.339) and ninth in RBIs (180).
No. 20: Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers
Leads the Majors in homers (33) since he debuted on April 25.
No. 21: Craig Kimbrel, reliever, Red Sox
Posting best K:BB ratio (90:8) of stellar career.
No. 22: Jose Ramirez, 2B/3B/OF, Indians
Five-category stud hitting .312 with 29 homers and 34 steals since outset of last season.
No. 23: Jacob deGrom, starter, Mets
Logging a 1.82 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP since June 12.
No. 24: Billy Hamilton, outfielder, Reds
On pace for roughly 100 runs, baseball's best base stealer is no longer a one-category asset.
No. 25: Corey Seager, shortstop, Dodgers
Has hit .313 or better in every month except for May.
No. 26: Andrew McCutchen, outfielder, Pirates
Has hit .351 with a 1.092 OPS since May 27.