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06-02

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Fantasy Rounders: Joc the Monkey
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06-01

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Fantasy Rounders: Sleepless in Seattle
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05-29

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Fantasy Rounders: San Diego's Marine Player
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05-28

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Fantasy Rounders: Statistical Crossroads
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05-27

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Fantasy Rounders: Engage the Cutch
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05-26

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Fantasy Rounders: The Age-Defying Hunter
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05-22

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Fantasy Rounders: The Young and the Splitless
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05-21

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard
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05-21

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Fantasy Rounders: Diversification
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05-20

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Fantasy Rounders: The Life of Bryce
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05-19

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Fantasy Rounders: Happy Holliday
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05-18

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Fantasy Rounders: The Yard Needs Raking
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05-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Do You Believe in Stephen Vogt?
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05-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Sunk My Battleship
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Doug Thorburn

05-14

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Carlos Rodon
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Doug Thorburn

05-13

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Fantasy Rounders: To Defy the Laws of Regression
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Doug Thorburn

05-12

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Fantasy Rounders: Hammer of Thor
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05-11

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Fantasy Rounders: Evan Almighty
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05-08

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Fantasy Rounders: Lineup Lotto
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Doug Thorburn

05-08

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Fantasy Rounders: Demanding Supply
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Doug Thorburn

05-06

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Fantasy Rounders: You Can Never Have Too Much Pitching
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Doug Thorburn

05-05

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Fantasy Rounders: Tiger Shark
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Fantasy Rounders: Surveying the Landscape
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Sale vs. the Minnesota Twins
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05-01

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Fantasy Rounders: Yard Sale
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04-30

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Fantasy Rounders: Under Construction
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Doug Thorburn

04-29

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Fantasy Rounders: Scooby Doo Gets #Weird
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Doug Thorburn

04-28

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Fantasy Rounders: Two Sides of the Schwartz
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Doug Thorburn

04-27

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Fantasy Rounders: Don't Rain on My Paredes
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Fantasy Rounders: Go Big or Go Home
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Raisel Iglesias
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Doug Thorburn

04-23

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Fantasy Rounders: The Thin Red Line
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Doug Thorburn

04-22

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Fantasy Rounders: Take Five
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Doug Thorburn

04-21

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Fantasy Rounders: The Catcher Curse Continues
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Doug Thorburn

04-20

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Fantasy Rounders: The Coors Stack Strikes Back
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Doug Thorburn

04-17

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Fantasy Rounders: Rookie Distractions
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Doug Thorburn

04-17

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Raising Aces: Walker on the Wild Side
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Doug Thorburn

04-16

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Fantasy Rounders: The Price of Context
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Doug Thorburn

04-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Left In
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Doug Thorburn

04-14

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Fantasy Rounders: Another One Bites the Dust
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Doug Thorburn

04-13

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Fantasy Rounders: Home is Where the Heart is
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Doug Thorburn

04-10

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Fantasy Rounders: What a Relief It Is
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Doug Thorburn

04-10

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Raising Aces: Mechanical Notes from Opening Week
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Doug Thorburn

04-09

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Fantasy Rounders: No Whammy
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Doug Thorburn

04-08

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Fantasy Rounders: Hello Again
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Doug Thorburn

04-07

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Fantasy Rounders: Run for Cover
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Downers
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Fantasy Rounders: An Opening Day Salvo
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Doug Thorburn

03-27

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Uppers
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Doug Thorburn

03-20

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Raising Aces: Auditing the Mechanics Report Card
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Doug Thorburn

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Taking a look at both ends of the age spectrum, with a pair of rooks and a vet whose foot might already be out the door

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The revenge of Pineda...

I'm looking forward to a great day of baseball, powered by the intense levels of sleep deprivation that only a newborn can provide. On to the DFS intrigue.

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Breaking Good with Justin Upton, haunted by Ryan Howard, and Tulo disappears at the dish

There are a ton of stacking opportunities today, with weak pitchers facing off against heavy lineups and the likelihood that several games will dip into the bullpen early.

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How scouting can form a bridge between the fantasy islands of Roto and DFS

The DFS game can be a shark tank, one that becomes more treacherous in deeper (read: more expensive) waters. There are some experienced gamers out there who have made a killing at Draft Kings and continue to put considerable sums on the line each day of play, and some these “pros” have been known to utilize market dynamics and Wall Street strategies to find success, even in cases where sport-specific knowledge might be lacking. In contrast, I'm an admitted Baseballholic who plays on a near daily basis during the baseball season, but aside from the occasional football Sunday, I don't play the games that are outside of my comfort zone.

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Walking the plank with a pair of Pirates on a day heavy with afternoon baseball

There's a a heavy slate of early games today, so let's get right to it.

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A new dad takes life lessons from an aging outfielder while avoiding some of the pitching pitfalls on today's full slate of games

Me and the wife welcomed a new addition to our family on Friday, with newcomer Halle Thorburn announcing her presence with authority. It was a long holiday weekend and I'm suffering from sleep deprivation, so let's head straight for the splits as we get ready for a full slate of Tuesday games.

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Finding value on a loaded day of high-level arms and price-conscious bats

After a couple of thin days in a row, the DFS gamer's cup runneth over with high-end pitching options today. There is a full stable of pitchers poised to wreak havoc today, a market dynamic that should spread out the ownership of those arms while infiltrating the decisions on the batter end of the player pool. There will be a lot of tough matchups for hitters to navigate in order to score their points today, and the pitching crop is so bountiful that one could setup four unique tandems of pitchers and roll those lineups into a GPP. There's a full slate of 15 games that start at 7:05 EST or later, so expect a heavy day on the DFS market.

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard

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One of the top pitching prospects in the game has now made two starts in the bigs. He's been pretty impressive, but how does he grade mechanically?

Prior to the season, Noah Syndergaard placed as the no. 9 overall prospect in the game and ranked third among pitching prospects, trailing only Lucas Giolito and Dylan Bundy on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101. Both Giolito and Bundy are working their ways back from Tommy John surgery (Giolito in particular has a lot of ladder still to climb), but Syndergaard beat them to the bigs in 2015. The Mets needed a pitcher to fill in when Dillon Gee hit the disabled list, and Syndergaard got the call.

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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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Dumpster-diving for arms and the Holliday gifts that keep on giving

Aaron Sanchez was a late scratch yesterday, getting bumped from Monday's start to today, so readers can check out his description from yesterday's Rounders.

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We navigate through a thin deck that is loaded with aces

Today is the thinnest Monday schedule that we have had so far this season, with just seven games (six starting after 7:00 EST) on the docket. Following an odd weekend of big performances from little-owned players, it will be interesting to see how gamers react to the shallow pool of players. Despite the short slate there are a number of options at the top end of the pitching scale, with pitchers to target for your staff yet avoid with your lineup such as Matt Harvey, Corey Kluber, and Chris Sale, not to mention Cole Hamels attempting to defeat Coors Field with his dastardly changeup.

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