What I learned in 2010: Hitters

Updated: October 7, 2010, 6:54 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
In a major league season in which pitchers put on quite the show -- the runs-per-game average was at its lowest mark in more than a decade, and a no-hitter was thrown seemingly every other week -- you might think from a fantasy baseball aspect that I've changed my view on ranking starting pitchers among those who make the big bucks swinging bats.

Sorry, I can't do it. Although I acknowledge how great Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay, Adam Wainwright and myriad others were, the fact is that the ESPN Player Rater still tells the tale of why the wise move is to build a fantasy roster with top-end hitters and look for the acelike performances. Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was the fantasy champ on the Player Rater this season, with seven of the top 10 spots going to hitters and only six of the top 32 being starting pitchers. Felix and Roy are awesome, but in fantasy, the bats are still king.