Fantasy Baseball: 10 Tricks to Identifying a Player Before He Breaks Out

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 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Tricks to Identifying a Player Before He Breaks Out
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Show of hands, who predicted that Chris Davis would hit 37 homers through his first 100 games?

So, you're looking for the next breakout star to save your fantasy baseball team.

How does one go about locating the next big thing? Is there a reality TV competition where the winner receives a 30-homer season?

What about a psychic who delves only in fantasy sports tips? Are you saying none of these exist? In that case, excuse me for a second. I have some calls to make...

The truth is, there is no crystal ball. No matter how much I or any other fantasy sports writer try to convince you otherwise, none of us hold any answers with full certainty. We can, however, help you grasp a fighting chance.

Right now, some of you are bitterly cursing at the computer screen as you peer over the roster of the manager who drafted Chris Davis, Carlos Gomez and Matt Harvey. How did this wizard manage to pull that coup? Did it take colossal insight, or did pure luck guide the way?

Maybe a little of both. Sometimes you can never see an improbable result coming (Explain yourself, Bartolo Colon!), but that doesn't mean we can't try to at least pinpoint possible success stories brewing under the surface. Follow these tips, and you could be one step closer to landing the next unheralded fantasy savior.

Note: All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of FanGraphs.com, which you should visit regularly in your quest to enhance your fantasy baseball knowledge.

 

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