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Opening Day Fantasy Predictions

At the conclusion of any season, there will be no shortage of people telling you they “knew” something unexpected was going to happen. Of course these people are incredibly silent before events have unfurled. So, I want to put down in writing a fantasy prediction for each major league team. Each of these predictions will go against the grain of conventional wisdom, since there is no point in predicting that Adam Dunn will hit a lot of HR or Mariano Rivera will notch a lot of Saves.

Arizona – Justin Upton hits under .280

Atlanta – Derek Lowe produces less fantasy value than Oliver Perez

Baltimore – Nick Markakis hits 25 HR

Boston – Tim Wakefield has an ERA over 5

Chicago (A) – Gavin Floyd notches 15 Wins

Chicago (N) – Ryan Dempster has a K/9 under 7.25

Cincinnati – Jay Bruce hits .275

Cleveland – Tony Sipp takes over as closer

Colorado – Jorge de la Rosa posts an ERA under 4.00

Detroit – Miguel Cabrera fails to reach 30 HR

Florida – Jorge Cantu tops 23 HR

Houston – Felipe Paulino puts up a more valuable fantasy season than Bud Norris

Kansas City – Mike Aviles records double digits in both HR and SB

Los Angeles (A) – Bobby Abreu has more HR than SB

Los Angeles (N) – Rafael Furcal hits over .280

Milwaukee – Rickie Weeks hits 20 HR

Minnesota – Orlando Hudson hits under .265

New York (A) – Derek Jeter fails to hit .300

New York (N) – David Wright tops 25 HR

Oakland – Daric Barton hits at least .275

Philadelphia – Chase Utley combines for fewer than 200 Runs and RBIs

Pittsburgh – Lastings Milledge hits 15 HR

San Diego – Jon Garland posts an ERA under 3.75

San Francisco – Bengie Molina fails to hit 15 HR

Seattle – Casey Kotchman reaches 15 HR

St. Louis – Mark DeRosa (ADP 228) outearns Chipper Jones (ADP 132) Kyle Lohse will top 12 Wins

Tampa Bay – Ben Zobrist hits 25 HR

Texas – Josh Hamilton gets 100 RBIs

Toronto – Brett Cecil gets 10 Wins

Washington – Garrett Mock posts an ERA under 4.00