As with most breakouts, playing time plays a part in initiating them. This rang true for Mallex Smith who appeared in 141 games, 126 starts, last year finishing with 65 runs, two home runs, 40 RBI, 40 stolen bases and an eye popping .296/.367/.406 slash line. Of course, his average benefited from a spike in BABIP (.366) and a line drive percentage of almost 25 percent according to Fangraphs.

Smith finished the year as one of three major league players to accrue at least 40 stolen bases and racked up 26 infield hits. So speed enhances his value. Statcast rated him 13th in sprint speed with Smith averaging 29.8 feet per second last season. With stolen bases stagnating in baseball, fantasy owners could be drawn to Smith in order to build a balanced roster.

In an effort to determine his overall value, exploring his breakout could provide whether or not he will be able to return value. Starting with some of his splits, Smith hit a robust .347/.415/.471 with a .415 BABIP in 242...