The Long Game: Examining 2018 Breakouts
The Long Game: Examining 2018 Breakouts

This article is part of our The Long Game series.

Last time out, I looked at some players that rebuilding clubs might be able to pick up at a discount as they look to acquire keeper assets. This week, with the halfway point of the season rapidly approaching, I want to look at a class of players at the opposite end of the spectrum – hitters and pitchers enjoying breakout campaigns in 2018, forcing fantasy GMs to consider whether they will continue to be elite producers through the second half of this season and into the future, or whether they've already peaked as are ideal sell-high candidates.

If you're in the thick of a title hunt right now, it's very likely one or more of the players listed below helped get you there, putting you in a tough position. Do you hang onto the guy who may have become one of your favorite players due to his big first half, expecting more of the same, or do you cash out now and try to trade him for a king's ransom to a rebuilding squad? And if you're one of those rebuilding clubs, how much faith should you put in these surprising performers? Can they be foundation pieces for your next competitive roster, or will banking on a repeat from them doom you to another second-division finish next season?

The 12 players listed below have earned significantly more in 12-team mixed 5x5 roto leagues heading into play Friday than they were projected to contribute back in the spring. Two players

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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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