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08-22

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08-04

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BP Kansas City
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06-24

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BP Kansas City
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06-09

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BP Kansas City
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04-27

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BP Kansas City
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04-20

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BP Kansas City
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03-23

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BP Kansas City
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03-04

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Winter Is Leaving
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05-02

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Prospectus Review: Out of the Park Baseball 13
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08-03

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Fantasy Beat: Review: Out of the Park Baseball 12 Sim
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07-22

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #16
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07-20

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Fantasy Beat: King of the Royal Rotation
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07-15

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #15
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07-08

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Fantasy Beat: Mr. Average
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07-01

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #14
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06-29

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Fantasy Beat: Stolen Base Opportunities
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06-24

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #13
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06-22

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Fantasy Beat: Opposite Field Power
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06-17

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #12
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06-10

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #11
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06-08

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Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home
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06-03

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #10
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06-01

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Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home
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05-27

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #9
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05-25

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Fantasy Beat: Justin Masterson's Breakout Season
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05-20

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #8
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05-18

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Fantasy Beat: Alex Rios, Enigma
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05-13

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #7
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05-11

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Fantasy Beat: Bud's Breakout
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05-06

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #6
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04-29

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #5
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04-27

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Fantasy Beat: BABIP Bugaboos
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04-22

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #4
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04-20

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Fantasy Beat: To Buy or Sell on Alex Gordon
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04-15

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #4
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04-13

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Fantasy Beat: A Plethora of Young Hurlers
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04-08

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #2
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04-06

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Fantasy Beat: Will Erik Bedard Be Valuable Again?
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04-04

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #1
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03-30

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Fantasy Beat: Spring Hurlers
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03-23

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Fantasy Beat: Spring Leaderboards
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03-16

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Fantasy Beat: Quentin's Falling Stock
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03-09

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Fantasy Beat: Draft Day Favorites
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03-02

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Fantasy Beat: Getting to Know Tsuyoshi Nishioka
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02-16

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Fantasy Beat: Teahen vs. Morel...Fight!
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02-09

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Fantasy Beat: Rickie Weeks' 2010 Breakout
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02-02

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Fantasy Beat: The Constant Gardner
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01-25

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Fantasy Beat: Grounding Out With Billy Butler
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01-18

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Fantasy Beat: Shifting On Carlos Pena
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May 27, 2011 3:22 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #9

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The National League's class of hurlers makes for an intriguing round of matchups, but there are still a few posers out there.

Memorial Day weekend represents a third of the way through the baseball season, and it’s a time when we can finally decide that some new trends are here to stay. Several starters who are catching our attention for their fantasy value are in action this week and will pick up a pair of starts. The best value looks to be in the National League, where a handful of newcomers and veterans returning from exile are racking up the fantasy points.

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May 25, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Justin Masterson's Breakout Season

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Is Masterson's successful start to 2011 something to be taken seriously, or will he fall by the wayside as the year progresses?

With 7.2 innings of four-hit, two-run pitching against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, the Indians Justin Masterson remains one of the surprise stories of the young season. Through 68 innings, he has allowed 21 walks, 51 strikeouts and just two home runs. His ERA sits at a spiffy 2.50 and his 1.17 WHIP ranks him 19th among qualified AL starters.

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May 20, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #8

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There is no shortage of worthwhile starters going this week in either league, but there are a few Craig wants you to be leery of.

There is some trickiness afoot as the Rockies and Diamondbacks play a doubleheader on Tuesday and the White Sox are still using a six man rotation as we enter the season’s eighth week. I’ve chosen to exclude the doubleheader starters, since we’re still so far out and both teams are in extended stretches of games, which will likely lead them to juggle their rotation in some manner. Meanwhile, in Chicago, the recently activated Jake Peavy will take the hill on Tuesday, but while the Sox have a full slate of games, he likely won’t have two starts this week—unless Ozzie Guillen does something to shake up the rotation. Never discount that happening.

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Alex Rios is tough to figure out, and is struggling once again. What does Craig think of his chances to rebound?

After a miserable 2009 season that saw Alex Rios set personal worsts in several offensive categories, he seemed to have rebounded in 2010. His final line of .284/.334/.457 with a .275 TAv wasn’t anything outstanding, but it was a huge improvement from the previous season. And it provided reason to hope.

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May 13, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #7

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Interleague is here already, and Craig is here to tell you which pitchers should avoid the opposite circuit.

Interleague is coming! Interleague is coming!

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May 11, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Bud's Breakout

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Bud Norris is making good on the breakout that Craig predicted last August--find out why he has succeeded thus far in 2011

Last August I wrote about a potential breakout candidate for 2011: Bud Norris. I’m going to begin this article the same way I began last year’s, by listing the top five pitchers in the National League ranked by K/9:

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May 6, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #6

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Throwing a no-hitter doesn't get Francisco Liriano off of Craig's "Sit" list, injuries new and old force rotation shifts, and more

If you’re mining for two-start pitchers this week, the pickings on the waiver wire are slim. Aside from the obvious starters, there aren’t many “hidden” gems. As always, starters are tentative and subject to change. Those pitchers preceded by an * are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN or Yahoo leagues. Those with a ^ are owned in less than 20 percent.

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April 29, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #5

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There are plenty of pitchers you are going to want to sit, according to Craig--take a look and see who might win or lose your week.

It’s a two start bonanza this week as a total of 41 pitchers will take to the mound a pair of times. There are bound to be some quality starters available in your league. Sometimes, the quantity makes the decision making process a little more difficult. Hopefully, this article will help you separate the strong from the weak.

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April 27, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: BABIP Bugaboos

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Jorge Posada and Chone Figgins are both struggling in the BABIP department, and for wildly different reasons.

A pair of American Leaguer hitters are scuffling at the plate in the early going, particularly when it comes to batting average in balls in play. Nothing sets off the alarm bells like an old catcher, shifting to a new role and struggling at the plate. In Jorge Posada’s case, this isn’t just any alarm: this is a five alarm inferno.

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April 22, 2011 7:44 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #4

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Aces and bottom feeders are all that are getting the two-start nod this upcoming week

It’s the haves and the have-nots this week, as there isn’t a single pitcher who possesses between a 50 and 20 percent ownership rate in ESPN or Yahoo leagues. That discrepancy doesn’t make selecting a pitcher for a potential two-start week any easier. If you’re shopping in the bargain bins, you may want to start in the National League, as you’re more likely to find some bang for your buck.

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April 20, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: To Buy or Sell on Alex Gordon

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Gordon is off to the excellent start we've all waited years for, but is it legitimate?

He once carried so much fantasy promise. Former first round draft pick—and second overall selection—Alex Gordon was as can’t miss as they come. In his final season at Nebraska before joining the professional ranks, he swept the major collegiate player of the year awards. Upon playing his first full professional season in the Royals organization at Double-A Wichita, he won the Texas League Player of the Year Award and was tabbed the minor league player of the year by Baseball America. In our 2007 BP Annual, we were downright giddy with anticipation:

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April 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #4

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The American League has plenty of pitching options for you to consider, but the Senior Circuit is nearly bereft of useful starts next week.

Proceed with caution: most of the pitchers who will be available in your leagues (meaning those with less than 20 percent ownership in ESPN or Yahoo leagues, as noted with a ^) for a two-start week aren’t going to be worth your time. There are a couple of starters with potential to help your team, but because of the limited numbers, you better pounce quickly or you’ll be on the outside looking in.

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