On the surface, which seems more likely: That a 28-year-old, two-time Cy Young winner has suddenly forgotten everything he ever knew about pitching or that he just had a bad year?
While there's no denying that Tim Lincecum was among the top disappointments in fantasy this past season, his resurgence in the playoffs might indicate that the 2012 regular season was something of an anomaly.
Demoted to the bullpen for the playoffs, Lincecum showed flashes of his former filth and pitched well in his first three appearances. He only allowed three hits and one run to the Reds and Cardinals, while striking out nine in 8.1 innings.
Lincecum could return to the rotation as early as this week, and you've got to believe the Giants will give him another shot to start in 2013. Whether they decide that in spring training or in June, Lincecum will probably be the biggest boom-or-bust candidate you can draft, and at this point, he's got nowhere to go but up.