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05-24

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

05-24

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West Coast By Us: Day 3: Nice
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-23

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West Coast By Us: Day 2: Taco the Town
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-23

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Going Yard: The Near Perfection of Pederson
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Ryan Parker

05-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 22
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Matt Sussman

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Bummed!
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Daniel Rathman

05-22

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West Coast By Us: Day 1: In The Land Where Everybody Is Immediately Put On TV
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Jeff Moore

05-22

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Fantasy Rounders: The Young and the Splitless
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Doug Thorburn

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report
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Matthew Trueblood

05-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

05-22

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Deep League Report: Week Seven
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Keith Cromer

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: 10 Players to Pick in May Supplemental Drafts
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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Wilson Karaman

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Ump Show!
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 21, 2015
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BP Prospect Staff

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: All's Well That Ends Wel
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

05-21

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West Coast By Us: California Stars
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-21

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Release Points: How Bryce Harper Beat The Book On Bryce Harper
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Dan Rozenson

05-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Jeff Moore

05-21

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Pitching Backward: How Offense is Created
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Jeff Long

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rebuilding = Opportunity
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J.J. Jansons

05-21

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition, 2015
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Bret Sayre

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Revisiting the AL-Only Reliever Landscape
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Nick Shlain

05-21

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Fantasy Rounders: Diversification
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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An Agent's Take: An Offer
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Joshua Kusnick

05-20

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Fantasy Rounders: The Life of Bryce
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Doug Thorburn

05-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 20
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Matthew Kory

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts
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Wilson Karaman

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Fluctuations
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Jeff Quinton

05-20

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 19
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Jeff Moore

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Evolution of Lucas Duda
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-20

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo
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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

05-20

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What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Rafael Furcal's Retirement Retrospective
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BP Staff

05-20

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Some Projection Left: Frankie Say Re...liever?
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Christopher Crawford

05-20

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Rubbing Mud: Royal Change
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Matthew Trueblood

05-20

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The Lineup Card: Seven Memories of Randy Johnson's Hall of Fame Career
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Baseball Prospectus

05-19

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Fantasy Rounders: Happy Holliday
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Doug Thorburn

05-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 18, 2015
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Jeff Moore

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: AL-Only Adds, Part Two
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Nick Shlain

05-19

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Baseball's Seven Wonders
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Sam Miller

05-19

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Prospect Profile: The Reevaluation of Dominic Smith
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Jeff Moore

05-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella

05-19

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Closer Report: Eighth Edition
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Matt Collins

05-19

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Baseball Therapy: The Left-Fielder Behind The Catcher Shift
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Russell A. Carleton

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Corey Math
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Chris Mosch

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins Do Odd Thing
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R.J. Anderson

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Rebuilding = Opportunity

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J.J. Jansons

These young Braves might seize their playing-time chances and offer value to fantasy owners.

After the Braves’ organizational decision to trade virtually every legitimate offensive option from their 2014 team not named Freddie Freeman, fantasy owners were closely monitoring who would take over the six available lineup spots in Atlanta for the 2015 season. The puzzling winter signing of free agent Nick Markakis to a four-year pact added clarity to the right field situation after Jason Heyward was sent packing to St. Louis, and Chris Johnson’s three-year extension signed last May figured to give him a leg up on at least a share of the third base job. With the remaining Upton brother’s seemingly immovable contract on the books, the Braves figured to give him at least some time in center.

Spring training was the equivalent of an open tryout for the remaining jobs, with Jonny Gomes, Alberto Callaspo, and A.J. Pierzynski brought in to provide platoon options for Fredi Gonzalez in left field, second/third base, and catcher, respectively, and veterans Kelly Johnson and Eric Young, Jr. were brought in on minor-league deals and made the Opening Day roster. The stunning trade of Craig Kimbrel the day before the Braves played their first game included Melvin Upton, Jr., (and his contract) which opened up center field for the taking.

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

The Stash List: Sixth Edition, 2015

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Bret Sayre

Featuring an entirely new top three, following the graduation of Maikel Franco and Henderson Alvarez.

You are invited by anyone to do anything. You are invited to stash these guys.

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Revisiting the AL-Only Reliever Landscape

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Nick Shlain

Examining a few arms Nick missed going into the season, but who've since caught his eye.

Back in March, I went through the American League reliever landscape and identified the non-closers who were worth owning. One reliever I picked out in that article has since taken the job and run with it, which would, of course, be the Yankees Andrew Miller. Another reliever, Shawn Tolleson of the Rangers, picked up his first save of the season Wednesday night and should continue to get the opportunities there. Relievers don’t have to be the closer to have value, though, as Tolleson earned the same amount as Neftali Feliz in AL-Only leagues last year ($8), according to valuation expert Mike Gianella. Here are a few non-closer relievers who I missed before the season, but are worth a look in deep formats.

Ryan MadsonKansas City Royals

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Reflecting on the strategy of creating multiple lineups for a single slate of ballgames

In a game with such a high level of variation on a day-to-day basis, DFS can be maddening at times as meticulously-constructed lineups are regularly thwarted. There's a natural solution to this issue that might be intuitive to the sabermetrically savvy as well as the Wall Street veterans in the evidence, but lineup diversification is a great way to spread out the variance while at the same time defeating some of the psychological demons that can chase any decision-making process.

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Breaking good with Harper and navigating through a murky sea of suspect arms

The hitter prices over at Draft Kings have been inflated a bit today, with 16 position players checking in at $5000 or greater. Such an adjustment was necessary, wth a pitching slate that is extremely thin on the top end today, and failure to adjust the hitting pool accordingly would result in a bunch of loaded lineups with overlap All Stars.

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May 20, 2015 9:35 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 20

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Matthew Kory

Some good ones in here. Trust us.

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May 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts

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Wilson Karaman

Can these three arms keep surpassing preseason expectations?

I play in a lot of deep (16 to 20-team) leagues, and one of the most important things you can do in a deep league is find yourself some pitching bargains late to fill out the back end of your rotation with consistent league-average production. Confidence in the ability to pull off that feat allows you to invest more heavily in bats during the middle stages of a draft and gives you that much more of a built-in advantage in roster construction. It’s not an easy thing to do, though, and one of the keys to pulling it off involves hitting on a few would-be streamers early who end up providing multi-week or even full-season value. Likewise, diagnosing when to cut bait on those guys is of paramount importance.

In that spirit, here are three guys in this mold who’ve produced outsized return value early in the season, with a look at whether or not the gravy train’s likely to continue on down the track or not.

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May 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Fluctuations

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Jeff Quinton

How to improve fantasy decision-making amid variations in player performance.

At any point in time, players perform well, poorly, and somewhere in between. Their performance fluctuates from at-bat to at-bat, game to game, week to week, month to month, and even year to year. As fantasy baseball participants, we are not really interested in fluctuations and we are certainly not interested in past fluctuations. We are, however, interested in future production. The issue we face is that how we react to such fluctuations, particularly negative fluctuations, can cause us to make sub-optimal decisions. As always, we will take a look at the decision-making obstacle and see if there is anything we can do avoid it.

Two downsides of fluctuations

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May 20, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 19

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Jeff Moore

Updates on Joey Gallo, Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton, and more.

Hitter of the Day: Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, BB. This is Gallo at his best, when he avoids strikeouts, controls the strike zone, and drives the baseball. When he does all that, he’s an absolute monster. It’s only when he fails to put the baseball in play that he can be contained.

Best of the Rest

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May 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Evolution of Lucas Duda

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Greg Wellemeyer

What does the Mets first baseman's new approach mean for his fantasy value?

Lucas Duda entered the 2015 season as a prototypical middle-of-the-order slugger, a reasonable bet for 25 home runs and potential to dent your batting average. Duda sat on top of the three star tier in our preseason first baseman rankings, effectively placed inside the top 12 and therefore a starter at the position in most leagues. True to the profile, his history includes a patient and pull-heavy approach and he has struggled against same-side pitching.

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May 20, 2015 5:12 am

The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo

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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

The Nationals surprise with their latest call-up.

The Situation: When Jayson Werth went on the disabled list this week, the Nationals made an unconventional choice to replace the slugging outfielder: They brought up an infielder with 56 plate appearances higher than High-A. Difo, though, offers flexibility that will help a Nationals lineup still missing third baseman Anthony Rendon.

Background: Difo, signed as an international free agent in 2010, broke out in the second half last year. He has never made a BP Top 100 but cracked the Nationals' Top 10 this winter. He burst into real prospect conversations this year, hitting .315/.367/.520 in 139 plate appearances split between High-A and Double-A.

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May 20, 2015 5:06 am

What You Need to Know: As Predicted!

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Daniel Rathman

The Nationals find first place, Randy Choate reaches first base, the Brewers go back-to-back-to-back, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Hope springs eternal when teams break camp and head to their respective openers with 0-0 records. Every team, from the heaviest favorites to the longest of long shots, is in first place on the first day of the season.


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