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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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May 15, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: An Out-of-Tune Vogelsong

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Is Ryan Vogelsong a buy-low target in fantasy leagues? Jason explains why he might be worth a look.

The Giants saw enough from Ryan Vogelsong in his first season back from oblivion that they gave him a new contract that could keep him in San Francisco through the 2014 season. In 2012, Vogelsong picked up right where he left off in 2011, but that success story has not continued thus far in 2013.

To date, opponents have hit .323 against him with a 939 OPS and a .370 batting average on balls in play. Those numbers are a dramatic spike from the past two seasons, when batters hit .243 against him with just a 680 OPS and a .286 BABIP.

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Jason and Paul were recording their podcast when, once again, an intriguing baseball story unfolded as Bryce Harper took on the wall...and the wall won.

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May 8, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Fernando Rodney: Tapped Out?

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The Rays closer is off to a rocky start, but could a mechanical fix bring back his dominant 2012 form?

This year’s player profile for Fernando Rodney closed with this note: “The Rays' 2013 option on Rodney pays him $2.5 million. If he's only half as good as he was last year, he'll still be a bargain.”

So far, the Rays, their fans (save your tired jokes), and fantasy owners wish he was even a fourth as good as he was last year. The Archer is struggling to hit his targets in 2013.

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Jason and Paul discuss player requests from the Facebook group as they prep for their live show next week in Houston.

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April 30, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Nate McLouth's Renaissance

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Jason examines whether McLouth's adjustments at the plate can stand the test of time, and his fantasy value in the event that they don't.

The start to Nate McLouth’s 2013 is one of the more surprising stories in the season’s opening month. The 31-year-old outfielder has a .351/.451/.486 triple-slash line and has already amassed eight stolen bases. That is a stark difference from a guy with a .251/.339/.423 career slash line who has never stolen more than 23 bases in any season. McLouth was a productive fantasy player from ages 25 to 27 before falling into a tailspin in 2010 that continued into 2012. Since landing in Baltimore, McLouth has hit .290/.373/.449 in 325 plate appearances, once again becoming a relevant fantasy option in all formats.

How has he gone from a spare part to a vital cog of a major-league offense?

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Jason and Paul bless some players talking about them in the morning before they go on to have big Sundays

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With a little help from my friends

Over the weekend, I posted a brief blog post showing how many team shutouts baseball had already seen in the 2013 season. 294 baseball games have been played in the month of April and 53 of them have involved one team being shut out. If the rest of April held up at the current pace, we would have 68 shutouts by May 1st and 437 by season's end. 

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April 23, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Springing Into Action

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Jason examines a group of players whose spring-training performances have carried over into April and another group whose haven't.

Earlier this month, Ben Lindbergh and Jon Shepard wrote an article reviewing the John Dewan rule about how spring training slugging can predict breakouts. Needless to say, the rule did not hold up well to scrutiny—and this should not come as a surprise to most people. Hot and cold performances in spring training are as predictive as Punxsutawney Phil. He did not see a shadow this February, which meant we would have an early spring. Yet, just last night, two more baseball games were snowed out, and many Midwesterners want to turn that groundhog into roadkill.

It has been just under a month since teams left Arizona and Florida to return to their respective home cities. Some players have picked up right where they left off in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, for better or for worse, while others have seen their game take a complete 180. Here are some players that fall into each one of those groups (all stats as of the completion of Sunday’s games).

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There have been a lot of zeroes put up on the board so far in 2013.

Earlier today, the Mets shut out the Nationals 2-0 marking the 49th time in the young 2013 season that a baseball team has failed to score in a game. If that seems like a high number, it is. Since the league last expanded in 1998, the most amount of shutouts in a season's first full month is 52 which happened in the 2011 season. The fewest amount of shutouts happened in 2000 when there were just 29 shutouts in the first full month of that season.

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The Towers of Power Fantasy Hours is back after a 2-day delay

 

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April 16, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Believing in Buchholz

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Clay Buchholz has rewarded Jason's faith ih his first three starts this year.

One of the early criticisms of the Towers of Power Fantasy Hours podcast was that Paul Sporer and I were too agreeable on players and topics. For those that are not aware, Paul and I have known each other since 2000, and I helped introduce him to the advanced metrics of fantasy baseball. Given the amount of baseball discussions we have had throughout the years, it is easy to understand why we are rather agreeable on most players. Unfortunately, that does not hold up when it comes to Clay Buchholz.

Buchholz is a pitcher that Paul doesn’t care for, and he loves to poke fun at the fact that I am a believer in the Red Sox’ right-hander—as evidenced by his handy artwork:

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Jason and Paul discuss hot starts, cold starts, injuries of the week, and witness Greinke's season take an unfortunate turn for the worst during the show. Carlos Quentin is fertilizer.

 

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