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12-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers
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J.P. Breen

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: All the Fantasy Angles
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J.P. Breen, Mike Gianella, Wilson Karaman, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Shortening Your Dynasty Rebuild
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J.P. Breen

12-04

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Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies
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J.P. Breen

11-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy Busts
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J.P. Breen

11-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy MVPs of 2014
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J.P. Breen

11-11

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Transaction Analysis: Cuddyer Quashes Qualifying Offer
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

11-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago White Sox
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J.P. Breen

10-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Madison Bumgarner for Cy Young
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J.P. Breen

10-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Lorenzo Cain
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J.P. Breen

10-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Sergio Romo
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J.P. Breen

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker
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J.P. Breen

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

10-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Are Elite Pitchers Becoming More Numerous?
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J.P. Breen

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Circling Back to The Holy Trinity
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J.P. Breen

09-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Strikeouts
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J.P. Breen

09-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Lance Lynn
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J.P. Breen

08-27

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The Call-Up: Jorge Soler
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J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
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J.P. Breen

08-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 31: J.P.! You Made It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella, J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Being Wrong About Yovani Gallardo
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J.P. Breen

08-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Jonathan Lucroy
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J.P. Breen

08-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Setting Expectations on Superstars
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J.P. Breen

08-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison
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J.P. Breen

08-11

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The Call-Up: Michael Taylor
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Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

08-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price Trade
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R.J. Anderson, J.P. Breen, Sam Miller, Jordan Gorosh, Paul Sporer, Craig Goldstein and Jeff Quinton

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
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Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Andrew Miller Goes to Baltimore
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Brewers Get Parra's Glove
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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J.P. Breen

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
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J.P. Breen

07-21

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The Buyer's Guide: Jason Kipnis
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J.P. Breen

07-14

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The Buyer's Guide: Howie Kendrick
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J.P. Breen

07-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget About Me
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J.P. Breen

07-07

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The Buyer's Guide: Michael Brantley
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J.P. Breen

07-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Jake Arrieta
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J.P. Breen

06-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Checking in on Cinderella: Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

06-24

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The Call-Up: Marco Gonzales
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Jeff Moore and J.P. Breen

06-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Billy Butler
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J.P. Breen

06-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Checking in on Cinderella: Hitters
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J.P. Breen

06-16

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The Buyer's Guide: Michael Wacha
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J.P. Breen

06-09

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The Buyer's Guide: Pablo Sandoval
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J.P. Breen

06-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Homer Bailey
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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

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Thump and speed in the lineup make up for a mediocre rotation and a possible by-committee closer situation.

The Milwaukee Brewers are an intriguing club for fantasy owners. The squad lacks any obvious flops who project to receive significant playing time. At worst, mediocrity should reign supreme—especially in the starting rotation—but one can reasonably expect above-average production at almost every offensive position. That’s what makes the Brewers attractive for owners; however, that’s also the reason why the Brew Crew could compete for an NL postseason berth, despite being forgotten by the masses due to a quiet offseason.

A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.

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December 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Shortening Your Dynasty Rebuild

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J.P. Breen

A look at some ways to get your team back in contention post haste.

Dynasty leagues with extensive minor-league rosters have become more popular in recent years. It’s one of the greatest ways to keep all owners engaged throughout the season, as the action never quits. However, such intensive and deep leagues can be intimidating for first-time owners. For example, I joined my first dynasty league in 2014, and it wasn’t with a bunch of amateurs. I jumped into the deep end and participated in TDGX—a 20-team, 40-man roster dynasty league with fantasy experts from across the internet baseball landscape.

It was my first dynasty draft and my first attempt at fielding my own team. Needless to say, it didn’t go smoothly. I made rookie mistakes in the draft. Grabbing elite prospects is important because the league includes a 10-man minor-league roster, but I erred and drafted prospects too early. That made my big-league roster far too shallow.

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December 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies

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J.P. Breen

Coors Field can make a fantasy asset out of just about any major-league hitter.

The Colorado Rockies were a caricature of themselves in 2014, scoring the most runs in the National League while having the worst team ERA in Major League Baseball. Fantasy owners naturally gravitate toward Rockies hitters and run screaming from Rockies pitchers. You won’t find much on this list that disagrees with that assessment, though the organization clearly has some arms working their way toward the big leagues who could improve their fate.

My favorite thing to track from year to year: The Colorado Rockies’ offense posted a .902 OPS in home games and a .636 OPS in road games. That road OPS was second-worst in baseball. Keep that in mind. Guys like Tulo and CarGo should be in the lineup everyday, but the lesser guys are perhaps only “must starts” when playing at home.

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November 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy Busts

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J.P. Breen

Examining a handful of players who underperformed fantasy investments badly in 2014.

Last week, I identified a quintuplet of players who vastly outperformed their preseason fantasy valuation, making them five of the most valuable fantasy players of the 2014 season. We flip to the infuriating side of the coin: five players who perhaps disappointed more than anyone else in Major League Baseball. It should be noted that I didn’t include guys like Joey Votto, who lost significant value due to time on the disabled list. These are players who unexpectedly sucked in 2014, but they did so for an extended period of time. There was no respite. These guys started 30-plus games or logged 500-plus plate appearances, and they were likely in your starting lineup all year. Those are the true value killers.

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November 13, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy MVPs of 2014

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These players vastly outperformed their draft position, making them the best fantasy values of the past season.

Trying to determine any Fantasy Baseball MVP is inherently difficult because the notion of what is the “most valuable” depends on the specific league settings, the makeup of individual teams, and even the type of draft. However, we can certainly highlight some of the players who carried significant surplus value by comparing the preseason average draft position (ADP) of a player and his end-of-season ranking. Those players, we can reasonably assume, impacted the overall success rate of fantasy teams more than other picks.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Cuddyer Quashes Qualifying Offer

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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

The Mets give up a draft pick to sign Michael Cuddyer, the Angels add another pitcher, and Chris Young the hitter re-ups in New York.



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November 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago White Sox

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J.P. Breen

Built around two superstars, the White Sox are not likely to contend, but they'll field useful fantasy assets.

The Chicago White Sox are a fascinating team because they possess two superstars—Chris Sale and Jose Abreu—yet remained decidedly poor. They won 73 games and do not project to contend in the American League Central in 2015, barring some unexpected steps forward and/or a crazy offseason. Some intriguing young talent exists in the everyday lineup; however, the back end of the starting rotation could a shambles once again, and the hell if anyone knows what their bullpen is going to offer fantasy owners.

Again, despite a pessimistic outlook for the team as we head into the upcoming campaign, numerous useful fantasy options should be available. In a few cases, it could present an opportunity for some owners to capitalize on a down-and-out team to which opposing owners have stopped paying attention. And, of course, we’ll all be paying attention to the White Sox during spring training in an attempt to decipher their plans regarding Carlos Rodon because he could be an immediate fantasy weapon.

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The Giants' ace has stolen the show this postseason, and J.P. saw his outstanding 2014 coming.

Prior to the season, in a previous life, I made numerous fantasy baseball predictions. Some were (spectacularly) wrong, and conversely, some went quite well. Perhaps the more interesting discussion, however, centers on the predictions that were somehow both right and wrong. Because, at least in my mind, those are the predictions that best encapsulate the experience of fantasy baseball. You can have stellar process, nail your projections, and still come up short.

That’s what happened here:

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October 15, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Lorenzo Cain

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J.P. Breen

The Royals center fielder has put his stamp on the postseason, but can he do the same for your fantasy team in 2015?

Player Background
Though he’s 28 years old, Lorenzo Cain hasn’t played baseball as long as many of the guys in Double-A and Triple-A. As a child, his love was on the basketball court, but as a freshman in high school, he failed to make the team. That heartbreak pushed him onto the diamond, where he flourished… after many growing pains.

Anyway, read this magnificent article by Andy McCullough on Cain’s unlikely and uneven journey in baseball. He chronicles the story much better than I could hope to in this space. It was one of my favorite baseball reads of the year.


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October 6, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Sergio Romo

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The slider-happy righty has pitched well since losing his ninth-inning duties, but his long-term outlook hinges on a return to the closer role.

Player Background
Romo has served as the Giants closer in some capacity in each of the past three seasons. He owns a combined 2.38 ERA over 283 2/3 innings since the beginning of 2010, so fantasy owners have grown to expect dominance. The nasty frisbee-like slider, low arm slot, and above-average control combine to bring sterling results. The right-hander is a prime example of a low-velocity reliever who cruises because he does something special, and while a triple-digit fastball affords a reliever plenty of wiggle room on the mound, success at the major-league level is about consistency and having something special in the arsenal. And Romo hasn’t posted a whiff rate under 20 percent on his slider since before the 2010 season. It’s money. It’s why he has the 12th-best ERA among relievers who have thrown at least 200 innings since 2010.

What Went Wrong in 2014?
The first half of the season.



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October 6, 2014 2:19 am

Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker

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J.P. Breen

The Royals are the latest team to remind us to expect the unexpected in the playoffs.

The Kansas City Royals entered the 2014 postseason as the feel-good team of the year. The franchise hadn’t enjoyed home cooking in October since the glorious 1985 season. Of course, they weren’t considered a dominant club in the regular season this year by any stretch, but thanks to a combined 34-21 record in August and September, the Royals ended that woeful 29-year postseason drought. The baseball world rejoiced. It was a tremendous story.

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