Ranking reveals best American athlete of 2018

Take a bow, Mookie Betts – and then another, and another. 

As if his World Series ring and American League Most Valuable Player trophy weren't enough, a ranking by FiveThirtyEight has named the Boston Red Sox right fielder the best athlete of 2018 across the NBA, MLB and NFL. 

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Betts' success is largely summed up by the 10.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) that he posted, just outdueling Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The young superstar became only the fifth player since 2000 to crack 10 WAR in one season.

Also among the top players of the year were National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Houston Rockets guard James Harden – twice.

Check out the full ranking below, and head over to FiveThirtyEight for more in-depth analysis on each athlete. 

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FiveThirtyEight's best athletes of 2018
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FiveThirtyEight's best athletes of 2018

10. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (2018-19 season)

Value metric: 19.1 Modified Win Shares (mWS)

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(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

9. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Value metric: 8.7 Wins Above Replacement (WAR)

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(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

10. James Harden, Houston Rockets (2018-19 season)

Value metric: 20.4 mWS

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(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Value metric: 19 Approximate Value (AV)

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(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

6. James Harden, Houston Rockets (2017-18 season)

Value metric: 21.2 mWS

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(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

10. James Harden, Houston Rockets (2017-18 season)

Value metric: 22.5 mWS

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(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

4. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

Value metric: 9.6 WAR

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(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

3. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Value metric: 10 WAR

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(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Value metric: 21 AV

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(AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

1. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

Value metric: 10.6 WAR

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(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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