On the heels of a breakout, Mitch Haniger doubters wanted him to do it over a full season. Last year, Haniger appeared in 157 games with 90 runs, 26 home runs, 93 RBI, eight stolen bases and a .285/.366/.493 slash line. He repeated his isolated power over .200, raised his walk percentage to 10.2 and slightly reduced his strikeout rate. Even with 369 more at-bats compared to 2017, Haniger finished with the exact same home run per fly ball percentage (15.8) as well.

With Seattle turning over its roster, it will need a healthy and competitive Haniger to remain in the periphery of the playoff picture. Also, fantasy owners need to factor in how bad the starting pitching will be in the American League West outside of the top two pitchers in Houston. There could be some wild games all year, especially when the bullpens get stretched thin.

In an effort to discern how Haniger will do in the year ahead, his expected statistics (xSTATS) suggest he’s not a fluke. Haniger’s expected...