First round churn after 9 weeks

This is my ESPN Insider column for the week.

There is a harsh reality we must buy into: about two-thirds of the players we draft in the first round will not earn back their draft spot. In a 15-team league, that means 10 owners will take a loss on their first round pick; only five picks will return fair value. Through nine weeks of 2017, we are nearly right on track.

The following are the six first-round draftees who are holding up their end of the bargain so far:

Mike Trout (ADP: 1 . . .

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