This article is part of our The Long Game series.
I never do prediction columns. It's not that there's anything wrong with them; it's just not my thing. This season, though, with Opening Day coming early and a lot of interesting things happening around baseball that seem worth talking about, a format where I get to jump around and comment on different stuff under the guise of predicting what will happen over the next six months seems appropriate.
As with any group of predictions, some of these will be incorrect. Heck, all of them may end up being wrong. That's beside the point. The purpose of these predictions is to (clicks to first slide in TED Talk deck) disrupt your paradigms when it comes to certain aspects of fantasy baseball and assumptions you may be making without examining them – to get you thinking outside the batter's box, if you will.
Not all of these may be specifically applicable to keeper or dynasty formats, but all of them have fantasy applications even if they aren't of the "this dude will do good and that one won't" variety.
Without further ado…
1. At least one, if not both, of the NL wild-card teams will come out of the NL East. With the Marlins struggling to avoid triple digits in the loss column and no other NL team even close to as bad, the unbalanced schedule will give the Nationals, Mets, Braves and Phillies a big advantage in the standings. It will also make their pitching staffs a source of extra victories,