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09-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric Hosmer
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Ben Carsley

09-30

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12

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
by
Doug Thorburn

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

09-30

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5

Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

09-30

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The Week in Quotes: September 22-29
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-30

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7

Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-29

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The Prospectus Hit List: The Greatest Hits List
by
Matt Sussman and Matthew Kory

09-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: So long Abreu; Farewell, Willingham
by
Baseball Prospectus

09-29

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Pebble Hunting: The Padres' Sad Team Leaders
by
Sam Miller

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
by
Mike Gianella

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-29

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Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These
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Zachary Levine

09-29

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7

Baseball Therapy: There Is No Derek Jeter Conspiracy
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Russell A. Carleton

09-29

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3

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Breakout Candidates for 2015
by
BP Prospect Staff

09-26

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Daily League Strategy: Our (T.J.) House
by
Paul Sporer

09-26

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6

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 26
by
Matthew Kory

09-26

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Rankings Review
by
Craig Goldstein

09-26

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6

Going Yard: How Jose Altuve Got His Groove
by
Ryan Parker

09-26

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What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-26

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Transaction Analysis: It Takes Stew to Make a Thing Go Right?
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R.J. Anderson

09-26

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Notes About Baseball: Very Important Baseball Question: Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?
by
Rocco DeMaro

09-25

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Using FIP to Find Value
by
Wilson Karaman

09-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Theory-Driven Versus Context-Driven Strategy
by
Jeff Quinton

09-25

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They Hold No Quarter: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

09-25

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Pitching Backward: Buxton or Beane?
by
Jeff Long

09-25

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Painting the Black: How David Price Gets The Best of Jose Abreu
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R.J. Anderson

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-24

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6

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 24
by
Matt Sussman

09-24

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16

The Lineup Card: Best Baseball Player Idiosyncrasies, 2014 Edition
by
Baseball Prospectus

09-24

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10

Dynasty Dynamics: Jumping Ship
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-24

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8

Pebble Hunting: Spoiler: Spoiling Spoiled
by
Sam Miller

09-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
by
Rany Jazayerli

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-23

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11

Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
by
Jeff Moore

09-23

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2

Transaction Analysis: Wren's End
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R.J. Anderson

09-23

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12

Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

09-23

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21

Baseball Therapy: Will StatCast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues?
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 22
by
Matthew Kory

09-22

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The Week in Quotes: September 16-22, 2014
by
Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-22

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Interleague Report: Week 26
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Jeff Quinton

09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball
by
Mike Gianella

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Circling Back to The Holy Trinity
by
J.P. Breen

09-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Season's Most Disappointing Prospects
by
BP Prospect Staff

09-19

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Daily League Strategy: Coors, Coors, Coors
by
Paul Sporer

09-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 19
by
Matthew Kory

09-19

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14

Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage
by
Craig Goldstein

09-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26
by
Wilson Karaman

09-19

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The View from the Loge Level: The Alex Jackson Interviews
by
Daron Sutton

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: There Is No Derek Jeter Conspiracy

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Russell A. Carleton

Move it along, nothing to see.

Flash back to last Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. In a year that had already been improbable, the impossible happened. (Yeah, I know.) Derek Jeter, in his final game at Yankee Stadium, with the crowd chanting his name in four beats, singled through the right side in the bottom of the ninth inning to plate pinch runner Antoan Richardson and give the Yankees a walk-off 6-5 win. Captain Clutch came through one last time in front of the home crowd. It was one of those baseball moments that make you tingle. It’s one of those reasons I love the game. It was ... staged?

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Breakout Candidates for 2015

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BP Prospect Staff

The prospect team picks their 2015 risers.

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Jhoan Urena, 3B, Mets (Short-season Brooklyn)
Having spent the last three seasons in the lowest levels of the organization, the 20-year-old is not only ready for his first full-season assignment, but also seemingly poised for a breakout onto the national scene. Urena sneaks up on you, mostly of his bad body. Peel the onion, though, and you find flashes of loose hands and impressive bat-to-ball ability. Urena also demonstrates an advanced approach for his age that bodes well for when he makes the jump to the South Atlantic League next season. It remains to be seen whether Urena can stick at third, he has progressed there. Urena’s a player to keep an eye heading into 2015, and one who can start making noise as a rising hitter within the lower levels of the system. –Chris Mellen


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The Indians lefty has been remarkably consistent of late, so he's in Paul's recommended pitching lineup for today.

With DraftKings’ acquisition of DraftStreet, I will now be using that site’s dollar values to select my players of the day.

We’re going with three arms and three bats today. I didn’t have a ton of bats that I loved despite a full slate, but the three I picked are all high-impact types.

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Today, we honor the final appearance of a legend, a leader, an amazing ambassador to the game. Stand and cheer for the last Hit List of the year.

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September 26, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Rankings Review

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Craig Goldstein

A look at two pitchers who ranked back-to-back in our preseason top fantasy prospects rankings.

The dust hasn’t yet settled on the 2014 but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to look back at some of our pre-season work and look at how we did. Before the regular season started, we (Bret Sayre) released our fantasy prospect rankings and while there are innumerable (okay, fine, 101) interesting aspects to that list, some stood out more than most.

Two of my favorite prospects in all of baseball, much less fantasy happened to be ranked back to back as though they were striking a pose for an action/spy movie poster. Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman checked in at 15th and Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura ranked 16th. Let’s take a look at what we said then, how they did, and why we were right or wrong.

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September 26, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: How Jose Altuve Got His Groove

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Ryan Parker

A relatively minor fix can make a big difference.

I love watching Jose Altuve hit. There’s a ton to love. He’s the little guy who fights. He’s the scrappy leader on an up-and-coming team. He can flat-out rake. He hits everything. He’s his own unit of measurement. That’s all fine and dandy. That’s not specifically why I love him. I love him because he has the potential to be the model hitter for the current generation of kids.

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September 26, 2014 2:50 am

What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Derek Jeter manages a hell of a send-off at Yankee Stadium, the playoff races are winding to a close, and previews from the final weekend of regular-season action.

The Thursday Takeaway
A tie game in the bottom of the ninth inning. A fast runner on second base. The stage was set. For this:


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September 26, 2014 2:33 am

Transaction Analysis: It Takes Stew to Make a Thing Go Right?

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks go with an unconventional GM applicant.

Reportedly will hire Dave Stewart as general manager. [9/25]

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We ask baseball players an eternal question about baseball's official meal, with wondrous results.

Is a Hot Dog a sandwich?

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September 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Using FIP to Find Value

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Wilson Karaman

Examining some pitchers whose second-half ERAs belied strong peripherals to see whether a breakout 2015 might be in store.

Well, it’s that magical time of year. The season is winding down, and here we sit preparing to begin our annual stare into the frozen, dead abyss of a fantasy-baseball-less winter. Fortunately, those of us in keeper and dynasty leagues are somewhat exempt from this situation because, as the saying goes, there is no offseason. This is actually, legitimately one of my favorite times of the year for those formats, as it’s the time when we can start to analyze the breakouts and the disappointments of the past season and begin to construct rudimentary target lists for upcoming trade talks over the winter and, in shallower formats, drafts next spring. I play primarily in head-to-head leagues, and particularly in this format I’ve found the following exercise to be quite valuable as a quick and dirty starting point. Since head-to-head championships are determined by player performances during weekly format playoff matchups the it tends to open up opportunities for acquiring players on the relative cheap who performed poorly down the stretch and may have contributed to a league-mate losing his or her final matchup. This “recency bias” plays off exactly the kind of negative memory impact my colleague Jeff Quinton took a long and engaging look at last offseason, and I highly recommend the read for context.

One of the primary places I like to direct my efforts at the start of each off-season is the FIP bin of second-half pitching performances. Particularly given that starting pitchers will usually only get one shot, maybe two, to contribute in a head-to-head matchup a poor finish to the year can sting that much more. And the metric also provides a valuable opportunity to sniff out some emerging talent among guys who may have started to come into their own at the big league level but might not quite have the production (or, subsequently, the hype) to back it up just yet.

To this end, here are the top 20 pitchers with the biggest gap between their second-half ERA and FIP numbers:

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September 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Theory-Driven Versus Context-Driven Strategy

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Jeff Quinton

Distinguishing between the two approaches and explaining why the latter is far superior in fantasy baseball contexts.

As this fantasy baseball season ends and a new fantasy baseball off season begins, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at why I take the approach I do when writing about fantasy baseball. Consequently, I do so.

As I see it, there are two styles of strategy that can be used in fantasy baseball: (i) theory driven and (ii) context driven. While I write about theories and concepts in the majority of my articles, I am a firm believer in context-driven strategy, especially for fantasy baseball. Before I go any further, please find my definitions for theory driven and context driven strategy below:

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September 25, 2014 6:00 am

They Hold No Quarter: Starting Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

These hurlers aren't widely owned, but they might be useful fliers for keeper-league owners looking ahead to 2015.

If there’s anything we love more than baseball around here on the fantasy staff, it’s collaborating with each other. So, at the behest of myself, we’re going to be doing one final group series of the year to close out the last seven weeks of the season. For this series, we will each select one player who is below 25 percent owned in either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues who could be someone to consider grabbing before the end of the season with an eye toward a keeper spot. Now, given the depth we’re dealing with here, these recommendations are not for owners who can keep five or seven players from season-to-season—it’s more for those of you who play in leagues where keepers take up more than half of your roster (and possibly more, in the case of some recommendations contained within).

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
“In most years, Gausman's 3.57 ERA would be enough to advertise on its own, but in 2014, it was barely above league average, and he didn't have a ton of peripheral value, which probably explains why he's unowned in the vast majority of leagues despite a ton of prospect hype. Still, there's a lot to like here, and it's based mostly on pedigree and raw ability more than it is borne out in the numbers.


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