In Fantasyland, a statistical ninja lurks around every corner. Each year in leagues of all shapes and sizes, well-knowns and relative unknowns reach unexpected heights carrying heady investors to the top of the mountain. As fantasy "experts" it's our job to discover, dissect and disseminate recommendations about potential breakouts to the masses. Sometimes our prognostications are eerily accurate. Other instances, we write a few glowing words on a speedy, underachieving infielder that ends up hoofing it in the minors for a majority of the season. You will never be owned again, Dee Gordon.
Hey, 'dems da breaks in a wildly unpredictable business. Win some. Lose most.
But undeterred by last year's gross misfires, it's time again to put our necks on the chopping block in an attempt to predict this year's unanticipated giants. TEAM HUEVOS would accept nothing less.
It's time to nut up or shut up. With the season opener just days away, here are a dozen insane-in-the-membrane prognostications for the upcoming fantasy season:
Roy Halladay is not a Top 80 starting pitcher in fantasy this year. (Pianowski)
With a fresh start and sweet spot in the middle of the Phillies lineup, Michael Young rebounds at the plate to return top 10 fantasy value among the 2B-eligible crowd. (Funston)
Stolen base heartthrob Billy Hamilton earns a promotion by June 15, becomes the Reds' everyday centerfielder, finishes the year with 55 swiped bags and threatens land speed records. (Noise)
Tyler Flowers ranks top-five among all catchers in 2013 home runs (but I'll make no promises about his batting average). (Behrens)
Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes joins the 30/20 club and finishes top 3 in AL MVP voting, and top 10 in the Yahoo! game. (Funston)
Freddie Freeman leads the National League in home runs. (Pianowski)
Josh Rutledge is off your fantasy roster by April 15, and off the Rockies' major league roster by May 15. (Behrens)
Atlanta's Kris Medlen dazzles as a full-time starter leading the National League in wins, ERA and WHIP, accolades that net him the NL Cy Young. (Noise)
Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall pushes top 20 value at the corner, and outproduces Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez. (Funston)
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Kenley Jansen finishes the season as the No. 1 fantasy relief pitcher, despite having entered spring training in a set-up role. (Behrens)
Spring master blaster Yasiel Puig makes the Dodgers' opening day roster, winds his way to 450-plus at bats and goes all Yoenis on the NL posting a .270-18-75-70-20 line. (Noise)
The Yankees finish last in the AL East, and outside the Top 8 in runs scored. (Pianowski)
Your turn, gamers. Put on your swami hat. Tell us your boldest prediction for the upcoming season in the comments section below.
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