The Long Game: Early 2017 Trends
The Long Game: Early 2017 Trends

This article is part of our The Long Game series.

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.

Here's a quick rundown of a couple of things that appear to be happening just below MLB's surface in 2017:

Den of Thieves

Last season I took a long look at the lack of steals across the league, and through the first handful of games in 2017 there's been no real change. Teams are attempting 0.75 stolen bases a game at a 70.3 percent success rate through the first five percent (or so) of the schedule, numbers in line with the base-stealing environment since 2013. Depending on how competitive you plan on being in the category, that's either good news or bad news – good if you weren't committing resources to accumulating steals, as it means you'll need fewer of them to still score a few points there in roto leagues, but bad if you were as it means prices on the handful of elite basestealers around the league will

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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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