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06-05

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week 10
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Josh Shepardson

05-29

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Nine
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Josh Shepardson

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
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Josh Shepardson

05-16

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Seven
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Josh Shepardson

05-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Four Hot Hitters
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Josh Shepardson

05-07

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Six
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Josh Shepardson

05-01

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Five
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Josh Shepardson

04-24

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Four
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Josh Shepardson

04-15

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Three
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Josh Shepardson

04-08

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two
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Josh Shepardson

04-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Legitimate Breakouts and Early-Season Flukes
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Josh Shepardson

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Use Your Disabled List
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Josh Shepardson

03-20

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Basemen
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Josh Shepardson

03-19

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Catchers
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Josh Shepardson

03-13

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Five to Watch: Drawing Blanks
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Josh Shepardson

03-11

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Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre and Josh Shepardson

03-07

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Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre and Josh Shepardson

03-01

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part Two: 26-50
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Mike Gianella, Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

02-27

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part One: 1-25
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Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

02-18

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Second Basemen
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Josh Shepardson

02-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop for 2/11/13
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Josh Shepardson

02-04

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 2/4/2013
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Josh Shepardson

01-28

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/28/13
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Josh Shepardson

01-14

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/14/13
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Josh Shepardson

01-07

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/7/13
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Josh Shepardson

12-17

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/17/12
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Josh Shepardson

12-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/11/12
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Josh Shepardson

09-24

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher Review
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Josh Shepardson

09-17

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 9/17/12
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Josh Shepardson

09-10

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 9/10/12
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Josh Shepardson

08-27

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 8/27/12
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Josh Shepardson

08-20

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 8/20/12
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Josh Shepardson

08-13

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 8/13/12
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Josh Shepardson

08-06

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 8/6/12
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Josh Shepardson

07-30

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/30/12
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Josh Shepardson

07-23

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/23/12
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Josh Shepardson

07-16

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/16/12
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Josh Shepardson

07-09

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/9/12
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Josh Shepardson

07-02

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/2/12
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Josh Shepardson

06-25

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 6/25/12
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Josh Shepardson

06-18

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 6/18/12
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Josh Shepardson

06-11

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 6/11/12
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Josh Shepardson

06-04

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 6/4/12
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March 20, 2013 9:08 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Basemen

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Josh Shepardson

The trio at the top won't make it out of many first rounds, but there are values to be found in lower tiers.

Next up on the tier rankings is first base. Below you'll find the tier breakdown at the position.

For those just now stumbling upon the series, and for those who need a refresher, the tiers are broken down by stars. Five-star players are the studs at their respective positions. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs. They will also be early round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. As was the case with our positional rankings series, the positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of the projected PECOTA values.

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March 19, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Catchers

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Josh Shepardson

The defending NL MVP is in a tier of his own, but there are plenty of intriguing options down below.

Today we kick off our positional tier rankings. Last offseason, Derek Carty tackled the tiers by himself; this spring, we've decided to attack them as a team. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by the number of stars.

Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be earl- round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. As was the case with our positional rankings series, the positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of the projected PECOTA values.

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March 13, 2013 5:00 am

Five to Watch: Drawing Blanks

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Josh Shepardson

An oft-injured Padres slugger is among the quintet of players Josh is monitoring this week.

Madison Bumgarner

There is a lot to like about Bumgarner, such as his age, strong walk rate, ability to miss bats, home ballpark, and the fact that he's coming off his most successful season in the majors. Not everything is coming up roses for the young left-hander, though: a significant drop in velocity toward the end of 2012 makes the zip on his fastball worth monitoring this spring.

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March 11, 2013 5:00 am

Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects

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Bret Sayre and Josh Shepardson

Bubba Starling is the best of the rest, as Bret and Josh take you through the second half of their dynasty-league prospect rankings.

Before we begin, let’s make one thing clear right up front: This is not Jason Parks’ list.

At Baseball Prospectus, we are fortunate to have an amazing prospect team that truly keeps its collective nose to the grindstone both on the diamond and within major-league organizations. We used the research and knowledge of our prospect team judiciously while putting together this feature. However, from there, we used our collective fantasy experience to formulate a list that requires no interpretation for the fantasy player. There’s no work necessary in setting a player’s defense aside in order to figure out his true fantasy value, since we don’t care about the distinction between the defensive skills of Francisco Lindor and Xander Bogaerts. We just care about the “SS” next to their names.

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Jurickson Profar and Oscar Taveras lead off the first half of Bret's and Josh's rankings.

Before we begin, let’s make one thing clear right up front: This is not Jason Parks’ list.

At Baseball Prospectus, we are fortunate to have an amazing prospect team that truly keeps its collective nose to the grindstone both on the diamond and within major-league organizations. We used the research and knowledge of our prospect team judiciously while putting together this feature. However, from there, we used our collective fantasy experience to formulate a list that requires no interpretation for the fantasy player. There’s no work necessary in setting a player’s defense aside in order to figure out his true fantasy value, since we don’t care about the distinction between the defensive skills of Francisco Lindor and Xander Bogaerts. We just care about the “SS” next to their names.

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The second half of our outfield rankings takes you from Carl Crawford through Chris Davis.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with the second half of our outfielders list, featuring the players ranked 26-50. We released our top 25 outfielders on Wednesday, and you can view that article here.

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Ryan Braun and Mike Trout top a list that is teeming with high-upside talent.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player's specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 25 outfielders. Comments on the outfielders ranked 26-50 will follow on Friday.

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February 18, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Second Basemen

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Josh Shepardson

The keystone features a terrific trio, but questions cloud the dozen players that follow.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out our positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 second basemen.

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February 11, 2013 12:05 am

The Keeper Reaper: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop for 2/11/13

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Josh Shepardson

A look at the 2013 and long-term values of Travis d'Arnaud, Jedd Gyorko, and Josh Rutledge.

Travis d'Arnaud | Mets

Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): No
NL-Only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes





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February 4, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 2/4/2013

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Josh Shepardson

Mike Napoli, Dustin Ackley, and Alcides Escobar might be undervalued in 2013.

Mike Napoli | Red Sox

Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Fringe
AL-Only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes





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January 28, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/28/13

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Josh Shepardson

Jesus Montero, Jose Altuve, and Jimmy Rollins lead off for this week's Keeper Reaper.

Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): Yes
Deep (90 Keepers): Yes
AL-Only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

Some players are willing to accept a designated hitter role on a team, yet others see their production suffer (sometimes greatly) when they don't play the field. It's very early in Montero's career, but he appears to be in the latter camp. Montero received 321 plate appearances as a designated hitter and 230 plate appearances as a catcher last year, and the difference in his slash line was staggering. As a designated hitter, Montero hit a paltry .226/.265/.309 with five home runs. Conversely, he crushed the ball as a catcher, hitting .310/.343/.498 with 10 home runs.






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January 14, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/14/13

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Josh Shepardson

Sal Perez, Rickie Weeks, and Ben Zobrist go under the keeper microscope this week

Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Yes
AL-Only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

Owners that patiently sat on an injured Perez or were lucky enough to scoop him off the waiver wire when he was activated from the disabled list were rewarded with approximately half a season's worth of very good offensive production in 2012. It was an impressive follow-up to his eye-catching debut. The 22-year-old catcher has 463 career plate appearances under his belt, and while that's not enough to definitively call him an offensive star at his position, it's a good starting point.






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