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10-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Brandon Belt
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 32: Preserving Your Dignity
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Joe Panik
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Ben Carsley

10-03

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): TINO 31: Melting Vegetables With Your Eyes
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

09-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric Hosmer
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Ben Carsley

09-24

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Dynasty Dynamics: Jumping Ship
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

09-16

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Deep Impact: Week 25
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Ben Carsley

09-15

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep 30: Episode Thirty
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

09-11

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Deep Impact: Week 23
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Ben Carsley

09-10

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report Food Comps
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-04

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The Call-Up: The Others
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Mauricio Rubio, Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Jeff Moore

09-03

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Deep Impact: Week 22
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Ben Carsley

09-03

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The Call-Up: Dalton Pompey
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Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley

08-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 29: Only Time
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-27

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Three
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-26

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Deep Impact: Week 21
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Ben Carsley

08-23

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 28: Enya Outtakes
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-20

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Dynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 Talk
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-19

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Deep Impact: Week 20
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Ben Carsley

08-16

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 27: Health Injuries
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-13

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Dynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-12

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Deep Impact: Week 19
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Ben Carsley

08-09

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 26: The Voice Of God
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Post-Deadline Prospect Value
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-05

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Deep Impact: Week 18
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Ben Carsley

08-02

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 25: Very Common And Extraordinarily Unfortunate
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Get a Proper Infield
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Daniel Rathman, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-31

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep: 24: Enya Is Our Safe Word
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-30

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Dynasty Dynamics: Who We're Selling at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-29

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Deep Impact: Week 17
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Ben Carsley

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 23: Prosecco McGee
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-22

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Deep Impact: Week 16
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Ben Carsley

07-16

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Dynasty Dynamics: Top 50 Jumpers
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-15

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Deep Impact: Week 15
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Ben Carsley

07-10

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The Call-Up: Christian Vazquez
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Al Skorupa and Ben Carsley

07-09

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Two
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-08

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): EP 22: Baseball Prospectus' Jesus Aguilar
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-08

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Deep Impact: Week 14
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Ben Carsley

07-02

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: World
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Ben Carsley

07-01

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Deep Impact: Week 13
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Ben Carsley

06-30

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The Call-Up: Mookie Betts
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

06-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 21: AI Simulation
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

06-26

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Deep Impact: Week 12
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Ben Carsley

06-18

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: MLB Edition
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

06-17

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Deep Impact: Week 11
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Ben Carsley

06-14

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 20: Mediocrity
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

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The Giants first baseman hit for more power in 2014, but injuries held him back.

Player Background
An unheralded fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft, Belt emerged onto the prospect scene in 2010 after crushing High-A and Double-A pitching in his first professional season. He followed suit in 2011 in Triple-A, forcing his way to San Francisco by midseason. That's when the #FreeBelt movement started, as the Baby Giraffe received just 472 PA in 2012 despite hitting .275/.360/.421, hinting at promising power and boasting an 11.4 percent walk rate.

Belt was subsequently liberated in 2013, hitting .289/.360/.481 in 571 PA, finishing as fantasy's 16th-best first baseman. Given that Belt was entering his age-26 season this year, there was legitimate reason for optimism. His average draft position was no. 137 overall, according to fantasypros.com, and it wasn't totally unreasonable to project Belt for a top-12 finish at the position, if everything broke right.


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October 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Joe Panik

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The former first-rounder plugged the Giants' hole at the keystone, but can he do the same for your fantasy squad?

Player Background
A first-round pick of the Giants back in 2011, Panik quietly hit his way up through the minors, landing a spot on the MLB roster halfway through the 2014 season. Once viewed as a shortstop, he’s settled in as a second baseman for San Francisco, and with Brandon Crawford firmly entrenched at short, Panik figures to stay at the keystone for the foreseeable future.

Panik’s rough 2013 campaign in Double-A tempered what was already pretty lukewarm enthusiasm about his future, but he answered his critics in a big way in 2014, both in Triple-A and in the majors. Once viewed as a surefire utility infielder, Panik now seems like he may at least be a second-division starter, and the Giants probably think there’s even more here.


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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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September 30, 2014 10:35 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric Hosmer

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Evaluating one of Kansas City's successful failures.

Happy playoff season, fantasy fans.

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September 24, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Jumping Ship

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Examining some veterans, prospects, and post-prospects you won't regret dropping.

“I will go down with this ship,” Dido sings so eloquently on her smash hit, White Flag. “I won’t put my hands up, and surrender.”

Dido was an idiot. Abandon the sinking vessels that these players represent in dynasty leagues. Get out while there’s still time.

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September 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects

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A look at the perils of falling in love with promising catchers down on the farm.

There’s nothing quite as alluring as a stud fantasy catching prospect.

Predicting which catchers beyond the obvious names will produce on a yearly basis is a tedious, difficult exercise that often leads to disappointment. Just ask people who drafted Miguel Montero, Wilson Ramos, or Matt Wieters this season, only to see the likes of Yan Gomes, Dioner Navarro, and Kurt Suzuki outperform their backstops by a long shot.

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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 25

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Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

This is my final edition of Deep Impact for the year. It’s been real, deep leaguers. I admire your courage, question your sanity, and appreciate your camaraderie. See you on the other side in 2015.

Rusney Castillo, OF, Red Sox
Our long (err, three-week) wait is over: The Red Sox will promote Castillo to the major leagues on Tuesday, after a whirlwind minor-league tour that saw the 27-year-old win GCL and International League titles in the same two weeks. Castillo’s minor-league stint didn’t tell us much about him, of course, but he remains an intriguing addition for deep leaguers who need speed over the final two weeks. I’d expect Castillo to start the majority of the Red Sox’s game from here on out, and while he may not acclimate to MLB pitching right away, there’s also little reason for Boston to restrict his attempts on the basepaths. If you’re desperate for steals and need a high-upside play, Castillo is a nice choice.


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September 11, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 23

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Keeping tabs on players who could help your deep-league squad down the stretch.

Tell me why, ain’t nothin but an intro.

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September 10, 2014 11:07 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report Food Comps

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Sandwich, anyone?

By now, you’re familiar with what we’re trying to accomplish in these progress reports: We want to go beyond a simple “stock up, stock down” approach to fantasy rankings. Fantasy stocks are easy enough to keep track of. If someone’s doing well, then his stock is high. If not, it goes the other direction.

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Scouting and fantasy takes on this week's second-tier, but still intriguing, call-ups.

We’ve devoted full articles to the most promising prospects promoted to the majors late this season, but we're offering scouting and fantasy takes on the best of the rest here.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP, Phillies
Scouting Take:
The Cuban import entered 2014 having not thrown a competitive pitch since he left his home country. Gonzalez’s medicals revealed some injury concerns that prompted the Phillies to rework his deal and turn him into a reliever this year. He worked in the low 90s as a starter but can work in the mid-90s as a reliever. He also has a splitter and a spotty breaking ball. The Phillies still have plans to convert him back into a starter next year but he’ll have to tighten up the command and work on the breaking ball. —Mauricio Rubio


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