The Long Game: Potential AL East Breakouts

The Long Game: Potential AL East Breakouts

This article is part of our The Long Game series.

Baseball may be on hiatus, but the Show must go on, as folks like to say. Normally I'd be cranking out the first AL FAAB article of the year right about now, but that seems a bit moot at the moment, so what else is there to write about?

Despite the circumstances, some fantasy leagues are plowing ahead with their drafts or auctions, while others have hit pause, waiting on a firm date for Opening Day before scheduling around it. Either way, GMs are still prepping for those auctions and drafts – because, really, what else do most of us have to do other than draft prep? Clean out the cobwebs at the back of your closet, or your Netflix queue?

The spring training schedule being suspended gives us a moment to take a breath and evaluate, or re-evaluate, the outlook and upside for players fighting for jobs or otherwise carrying uncertain projections. With that in mind, I'm going to go division by division and highlight a couple of potential breakout players on each team for the 2020 season (whenever it gets here), one for shallower formats like 12-team or 15-team mixed, and one for deeper formats like 20-team mixed or 12-team AL-only or NL-only.

As this is a keeper/dynasty-oriented column, these recommendations are geared towards keeper and dynasty leagues – the intention here is that if these guys do break out, they'll be underpriced heading into 2021 based on their likely current acquisition cost. In most cases, though, they're

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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.
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