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Is the ball juiced? If so, these fantasy batters will benefit the most

Does Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros possess the right swing to make the most of potentially juiced balls for fantasy teams? Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire

It started overseas in the Tokyo Dome when the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners combined for seven homers in their brief two-game set. It continued stateside opening day with 48 long balls. Through Monday's action, MLB is on a pace to blast 6,372 long balls, shattering 2017's record 6,105 home runs.

There are three primary elements influencing the number of balls leaving the yard:

  1. Fly ball percentage

  2. Contact rate

  3. Fly ball distance

The first two are straightforward. The more fly balls struck, the greater the opportunity for a home run. The third, fly ball distance, correlates