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Jason Collette 

Jason Collette

Jason Collette is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus. He writes regularly for the ESPN Sweetspot Blog Network for the Rays blog, TheProcessReport.net and has contributed to the last two BP annuals.

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11-14

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Podcast Transcription
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Paul Sporer and Jason Collette

10-28

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 59 is Live!
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

10-11

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 58 is Live!
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

09-20

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 57 is live!
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

08-27

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 55 is Live
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

08-19

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 54: Where Are You?
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Jason Collette

08-02

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 53 is Live!
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Jason Collette, Paul Sporer, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

07-23

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 52 is Live
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

07-10

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Win a Book!
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Jason Collette

07-10

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 51 is (Finally) Live!
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

07-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Resurgence of John Danks
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Jason Collette

07-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Not Dunn Yet
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Jason Collette

06-28

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 50 is Live!
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Jason Collette

06-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Patience is a Virtue
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Jason Collette

06-20

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 49 is Live
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

06-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Time for a Change
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Jason Collette

06-13

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 48: Identity Thieves
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Jason Collette

06-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Catcher Acquisition: A Mixed Bag
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Jason Collette

06-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Can (Domonic) Brown Do Enough for You?
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Jason Collette

06-04

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 47: Made Up Names
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

05-29

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 46: We Have Music!
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

05-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Your Annual Reminder: Don't Pay for Saves
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Jason Collette

05-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Cool Slider, Bro
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Jason Collette

05-19

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 45: You Spin Me Round
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Jason Collette

05-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: An Out-of-Tune Vogelsong
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Jason Collette

05-14

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 44 is live
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Jason Collette

05-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fernando Rodney: Tapped Out?
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Jason Collette

05-05

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 43: Poetic Justice
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

04-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Nate McLouth's Renaissance
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Jason Collette

04-28

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 42: Stay Hot
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

04-24

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BP Unfiltered: More on Shutouts
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Jason Collette

04-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Springing Into Action
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Jason Collette

04-21

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BP Unfiltered: Shutouts Galore
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Jason Collette

04-21

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 41 Is Live
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

04-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Believing in Buchholz
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Jason Collette

04-12

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Our Podcast Turns 40
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

04-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: High-Stakes League Free Agent Rundown
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Jason Collette

04-07

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Inside The Park Blog: Misery Loves Company
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Jason Collette

04-07

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 39
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

04-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: As Good as They Once Were?
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Jason Collette

03-29

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 38
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Jason Collette, Paul Sporer, Paul Singman and Mike Gianella

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert-League Auction Comparison
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Jason Collette

03-25

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BP Unfiltered: My Tout Wars Team
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Jason Collette

03-21

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 37: Custer Had a Plan
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Jason Collette and Mike Gianella

03-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Saves Are Everywhere
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Jason Collette

03-15

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BP Fantasy Podcast: NFBC Update
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Jason Collette

03-12

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Fantasy Beat: Alex Cobb's Rising Auction Value
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Jason Collette

03-11

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 35: Part One of Two
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Jason Collette, Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

03-08

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 80 Fantasy Starting Pitchers, Part Two: 41-80
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Paul Sporer and Jason Collette

03-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert-League Auction Values Breakdown
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Jason Collette and Paul Singman

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Jason and Paul celebrate their 50th episode with musical guests The Eschatones

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June 26, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Patience is a Virtue

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For hitters and fantasy owners alike, a little bit of patience can go a long way.

Episode 230 of the Effectively Wild podcast featured an interesting discussion on strikeouts and walks this season. Strikeouts are up this season for a fifth consecutive year while walks continue to fall. Heading into play on Monday, there were 56 pitchers who had strikeout-to-walk ratios of at least 4.0 with a minimum of 25 innings pitched. That is seven more than in 2012, which shattered the previous record of 33 that was set in both 2010 and 2011.

Walks are a bit harder to come by these days, but for some hitters, getting that first walk solves some ills they are having at the plate. The best example of that would be Josh Donaldson. In 2012, Donaldson was twice optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento by Oakland in the first half of that season. In his final game before his second option, Donaldson walked. It was the first time he had walked in 2012 and he went to the minors with a .153/.160/.235 slash line in 100 plate appearances.

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Episode 49 of the Towers of Power Fantasy Hours is live. 2 hours and 35 minutes of fantasy baseball chatter to help you get your teams to the promise land.

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June 19, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Time for a Change

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Jason looks at the pitchers who benefit most in leagues that count quality starts instead of wins and calls for commissioners to make the switch.

Earlier this season, Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds infamously debated the value of pitcher wins.

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Jason and Paul review the red hot and ice cold players of the past month, who is coming off and going on the disabled list, and the hitters and pitchers making noise on the playing field in June. This week's musical guest is Pretty Archie.

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June 12, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Catcher Acquisition: A Mixed Bag

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Both owners who splured on their fantasy backstops and those who went bargain hunting have seen mixed results so far this year.

Drafting catchers in fantasy baseball is treated like drafting kickers in fantasy football. A few owners recognize the value of having the best at the position and will spend money to acquire them. Some owners treat catchers like kickers and draft them in the final rounds. Some leagues have gone so far as to eliminate the second catcher on standard fantasy rosters and made the position a second utility player, an extra pitcher, or a flex position, allowing owners to juggle the spot on a weekly basis.

Personally, I do a mixture of the first two strategies, as I tend to draft one of the better catchers and then pair him with a $1 mate. Two seasons ago, I drafted Joe Mauer at $23 and Adam Moore for $1 in AL Tout Wars, and neither worked out. Last season, I went back to the Mauer well at $20 and paired him with a $2 Ryan Lavarnway. This season, determined not to spend $20 on a catcher, I saved money and spent $18 on Jesus Montero and $1 on Carlos Corporan. It took three seasons, but I finally made a great catcher selection—with my second catcher.

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June 5, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Can (Domonic) Brown Do Enough for You?

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After a terrific May, Jason explains why owners might be wise to sell high on the Phillies' left fielder instead of simply enjoying the ride.

In his last game in the month of April, Domonic Brown earned a walk. In his first game of June, Domonic Brown earned a walk. Brown did not earn a single walk in the month of May, but fantasy owners are not complaining. Brown won Player of the Month honors in the National League, as he hit .303 in the month with a .688 slugging percentage—an outburst very few saw coming.

It was not that long ago that some wondered if Brown could maintain success with the swing he brought to the major leagues. Harold Reynolds did an excellent job breaking down that swing in late 2011:

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Plenty to discuss as the calendar flips to June.

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Paul is back, and the guys have added some independent music exposure to the show

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Musical guests: Mightychondria (1st song) & That Girl. (2nd song)

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May 29, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Your Annual Reminder: Don't Pay for Saves

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Jason Grilli leads the league in saves. Across the state, Jonathan Papelbon has only 10. Few could have foreseen these, and other early closer outcomes, on draft day.

“Don’t pay for saves!” is an adage that ESPN’s Matthew Berry may have printed on his tombstone when he leaves this life. But while it has been uttered by many a pundit, from Berry to industry stalwart Lenny Melnick, we still see significant money spent on closers even in expert auctions each season. In the 2013 15-team mixed Tout Wars league, nine percent of the overall draft dollars went to players that have saved at least one game this season.

The current leader in saves in 2013, Jason Grilli, is a former fourth-overall pick in the 1997 amateur draft. In his career, he has been traded twice, released twice, purchased once, and granted free agency three different times before finding a home in Pittsburgh, where he has been nothing short of amazing since 2011. Last season, Grilli was drafted as a setup guy to Joel Hanrahan, and this season, the Mixed League Touts paid more for 12 other closers before setting on Grilli at $12. He is not the only story in the latest chapter of the unpredictability of saves in fantasy baseball.

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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Cool Slider, Bro

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Indians righty Justin Masterson has improved considerably against left-handed hitters this season, and the strides he has made with his slider are at the root of his success.

Nick Swisher is one of my favorite players in baseball to watch play the game because I appreciate how he works a count and genuinely seems to enjoy playing the game. My favorite part about his game actually comes off the field, because he is comedic gold when you get him talking on a topic he is excited about. Take his recent assessment of teammate Justin Masterson.

Swisher was asked by Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to describe teammate Justin Masterson in three words, and in the most Swisher response ever, he replied, “Power sinker, bro.” Swisher expanded his bro-view of the hurler by adding, “What’s really impressive is the number of strikeouts he’s had. Look at any great team and it starts with that number-one guy.”

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Paul was away in Philly being a Wedding Singer so Mike Gianella pinch hits in Episode 45.

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Jason forgot to press the record button on the first pass, and then forgot to time stamp the agenda on the 2nd pass. President Joe Hamrahi has suspended Jason for 2 days for not knowing the podcast rulebook. 

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