In case you didn't notice, home run numbers took a steep decline in 2010, continuing a trend that has been happening for years now. Comparing 2010 to 2006, there were a total of 773 fewer homeruns hit throughout the league. Since the landscape of fantasy baseball has changed so much in five years, should we now put a higher premium on the power hitters for fantasy baseball? Eh, not so fast.
|Number of players hitting certain HR marks by year|
Looking at the average number of homers hit by the top hitters (those with 10 or more HR), there is not much difference at all between 2007 to 2010 with all them being between 19-20 HR on average for that group. The main difference lies within the standard deviation for those years. 2010 had the smallest amount of standard deviation out of the past five years (and by a large margin) which means that more and more hitters were bunched closer to the league average and there were less outliers on either end of the spectrum.