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The Long Game: Early 2017 Trends

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

With only a handful of games having been played so far and sample sizes being small, it feels too early to spot potential breakout players with any degree of confidence. I mean, have Elvis Andrus and Manuel Margot really become big-time power hitters? (Given how many shares I have of the Padres center fielder, I really hope the answer in his case is yes). However, there are some trends taking place across the league that I am keeping my eye on, and that could have meaningful fantasy implications for GMs who are able to exploit those trends before the competition...

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