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01-20

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Players Prefer Presentation: Would You Like to Play a Game of Telephone?
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Meg Rowley

01-20

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-20

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The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-20

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Player Profile: Miguel Cabrera
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Matt Collins

01-20

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2017 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-20

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: A.J. Reed vs. Dan Vogelbach
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George Bissell

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: One More Go-Round in Toronto
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Bryan Grosnick

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Hunting Starters
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Demetrius Bell

01-19

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
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Scooter Hotz

01-19

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: First Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-19

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5

Tale of the Tape: Brandon Belt vs. C.J. Cron
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Mark Barry

01-19

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Pitchers' Plate Discipline
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Rob Mains

01-19

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5

Transaction Analysis: Extension Party
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Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood

01-19

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-18

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Cold Takes: Why Do Hall of Fame Voters Love Relievers?
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Patrick Dubuque

01-18

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Rumor Roundup: Must-See TV
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Emma Baccellieri

01-18

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Outta Left Field: Cooperstown Changes
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Dustin Palmateer

01-18

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-18

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Rubbing Mud: Dozier and the Doyers
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Matthew Trueblood

01-18

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3

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Base
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-18

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The Adjuster: First Base
by
Eric Roseberry

01-18

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Tale of the Tape: Tommy Joseph vs. Eric Thames
by
Bryan Joiner

01-18

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9

Get to Know: First Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-17

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Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez
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Wilson Karaman

01-17

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Cold Takes: Stan Javier Saves a No-Hitter
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Patrick Dubuque

01-17

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9

Rubbing Mud: Flashback Friars
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Matthew Trueblood

01-17

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-17

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Welcome to Splitsville: First Base
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Tim Finnegan

01-17

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Baseball Therapy: What Does Batter/Pitcher Matchup Data Tell Us?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-17

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Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Chamberlain

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything
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Ashley Varela

01-16

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2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-16

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State of the Position: First Base
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George Bissell

01-16

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year's Resolutions: Hitters' Plate Discipline
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Rob Mains

01-16

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Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-16

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Early ADP Analysis: First Base
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Matt Collins

01-16

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The Quinton: First Basemen, Roto Categories, and Total vs. Complementary Production
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Jeff Quinton

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dented Cans and Safety Nets
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Bryan Grosnick and Jared Wyllys

01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Scooter Hotz

01-13

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Longest and Shortest Games
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Meg Rowley

01-13

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-13

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Tools of Ignorance: Cornered
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Francisco Mejia vs. Chance Sisco
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: Going Back To Cali
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Aaron Gleeman

01-13

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Trumbo Tumbles
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Demetrius Bell

01-12

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Yan Gomes vs. Devin Mesoraco
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Mark Barry

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Pitchers
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Rob Mains

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What would managers and catchers chat about if they had NFL-style headsets?

Last week, it was reported by Teddy Cahill at Baseball America that the American Baseball Coaches Association’s committee on pace of play was considering putting a digital headset in catchers’ helmets, similar to those used by NFL quarterbacks, so coaches could more quickly relay play calls in-game.

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January 20, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Man, this has a chance burn me badly and make me look really stupid at the end of 2017. Paul Goldschmidt is still an awesome, amazing fantasy asset, so don't think I'm disparaging his skills or anything. It's just that he had some declines in a few areas last year that I want to shed light on.

In a year where power was up across baseball, possibly because of a juiced ball, Goldschmidt had a noticeable drop in power. His .192 ISO was exactly league average for a first baseman, and was down about 50 ISO points from where it was the prior 3 seasons, where it sat at .247. He slugged under .500 for the first time since 2012 and ranked 10th among qualified 1B in slugging, down from ranking 2nd from 2013-2015, when he slugged .556. His park and league adjusted OPS+ fell from an incredible 162 from 2013-15 to 134 in 2016, a drop of almost 30 percentage points.


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January 20, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen

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Mike Gianella

An overview of the fantasy options at this position in the junior circuit.

For some, $30 in fantasy earnings is the rarified air that makes a player elite. By this admittedly arbitrary standard, first base in the AL is not the place to shop if you are looking for an elite player. Miguel Cabrera ($30) was the only first baseman who reached this threshold in 2016. Edwin Encarnacion finished second at $26. Chris Davis exemplifies the challenge power hitters face in fantasy. His 38 home runs, 99 runs, and 84 RBI were worth $21, but his one steal and .221 batting average pushed him all the way back to $15. Cabrera and Jose Abreu were the only Top 10 AL first basemen to hit higher than .269 and provide more than one dollar of earnings from AVG, while no AL first baseman stole more than nine bases. It is difficult for three category players to earn more than $30, particularly if one of those categories isn’t stolen bases.

The expert market treaded conservatively at the position, with only one relative shot-in-the-dark based on prior performance. Table One lists the 10 most expensive AL first basemen in 2016, based on their average salaries in the CBS, LABR, and Tout Wars AL-only leagues. Position eligibility in Table One is based on each player’s status at the beginning of last season.

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January 20, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Miguel Cabrera

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Matt Collins

Can the Tigers star keep on roaring in 2017?

Player Background

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My, look at the price. This could be nice. You’ve covered all your bases.

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January 20, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: A.J. Reed vs. Dan Vogelbach

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George Bissell

Which of these two big boppers is the better long-term fantasy bet?

A chasm deeper than the Mariana Trench has long existed between scouts and evaluators on opposite ends of the spectrum regarding A.J. Reed and Dan Vogelbach. Among the most polarizing power-hitting prospects in the game, there were those who regarded their raw hit tool, power, and superb selectivity at the dish as reasons to anoint them legit #dudes. On the other hand, there were those who still had their doubts. Whether it concerned their ability to hit left-handed pitching (completely fair) or their weight and conditioning (not really fair) is an entirely different matter.

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January 20, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: One More Go-Round in Toronto

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Bryan Grosnick

Bats on Bats on Bats on Bats.

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Houston wants rotation help, Minnesota wants veterans, and Canada wants to turn back the clock.

Astros in the hunt for starters

If what Bob Nightengale of USA Today said on Twitter is true, the Astros are shooting for the stars with their latest targets in trade talks. The rumor is that Houston is in the market for a high-end starter, so they’re trying to bring in one of either Jose Quintana, Chris Archer, or Sonny Gray.

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January 19, 2017 10:58 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen

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Scooter Hotz

A look at the menu of options at this position in the senior circuit.

The top end of the player pool at first base in the National League is deep, but things get dicey quickly after that. The quality drops off in a hurry before the player population abruptly ends. As my colleague Mike Gianella specifies in his Fantasy Tiered Rankings for First Basemen:

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A deeper dive into the fantasy future at this position.

Predicting future first basemen of relevance can be a tricky endeavor, as the position tends to be a landing strip for failed defensive efforts elsewhere, and true-to-form first basemen face exceedingly high natural barriers to success. After we muddle through the veteran re-treads theoretically capable of making mixed-league runs and generating some modicum of 2017 value, we’ll moved on to some longer (and longer still) term discussion. There’s enough power among the veteran prospects who fell short of Bret’s Top 50 list to warrant some turned heads, with a couple of A-ball guys sitting under Shaw who I like for watch lists in even medium-depth leagues this year. Unfortunately, last year’s draft class was especially brutal for first-base talent, with all of two guys drafted as cold cornermen garnering so much as a $200,000 bonus. But then there are some intriguing names on down the 2017-and-beyond line, and organizational purview will of course add depth to this list as the season wears on and hope for more polished leather wears out.

Here is my look from last week at catchers, which includes an introduction to the series. And now, on to the depths of the first-base position for 2017.

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January 19, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Brandon Belt vs. C.J. Cron

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Mark Barry

Which of these two alliterative West Coasters is the better bet for your fantasy team in 2017?

This week we’re taking a look at two young-ish, alliterative first basemen repping the West Coast. At 28 years old, Brandon Belt is coming off of one of his most productive seasons as a pro, one year removed from signing a lucrative contract extension to keep him by the Bay. C.J. Cron got off to a hot start in 2016, but the embers were quickly extinguished by an errant Mike Wright fastball (bet you didn’t think you were going to read about Mike Wright today, huh?) in July, leading to surgery and missed time for the 27-year-old slugger. Who will be better long term? I’m glad you asked. Let’s dive in.

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Does better plate discipline for pitchers yield better results?

In this series, we’re investigating the outcomes when baseball players made what appear to have been New Year’s resolutions to do something differently in 2016. But unlike the rest of us, who resolve to get a new job or limit the time we spend on Facebook, we’re looking here at specific baseball outcomes.

The first article considered batters who hit markedly more (or less) to the opposite field in 2016 than in 2015. The next two looked at batters who hit more or fewer balls on the ground and pitchers who induced more or fewer grounders. The most recent article looked at hitters who improved their plate discipline. Next, let’s check out pitchers’ plate discipline.

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