The Long Game: Potential NL East Breakouts
The Long Game: Potential NL East Breakouts

This article is part of our The Long Game series.

Last week, I began going division by division looking for players I thought had a chance to break out in 2020, whenever the 2020 season actually gets here. Since then, the idea of expanded 29-man rosters for the first month the year, as a way to soften the blow on pitching staffs, has been floated. While that wouldn't matter much in shallower fantasy leagues, in deeper formats – particularly AL-only and NL-only – more guys with jobs means more guys with chances to prove they aren't just end-of-roster scrubs, and more guys who might have lost battles for spots in the spring who can continue that battle when games actually count in the standings. It's also going to mean fewer hard choices on players without any minor-league options. I highlighted Derek Fisher last week for the Blue Jays, and at the time he wasn't even necessarily guaranteed a big-league job. With an expanded roster, Toronto would have no reason to cut him loose right away.

Now, let's take a look at the NL East:

Atlanta

Shallow: Sean Newcomb

I'm not a big believer in Newcomb, truth be told, but part of being a fantasy sports writer is recognizing that your opinions are far from infallible. The southpaw flamed out of the rotation last year but re-established himself in the bullpen, and this spring he got another chance to show he could handle being a starter. The delayed beginning to the season probably means Cole Hamels will be healthy,

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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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