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07-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Brett Anderson
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J.P. Breen

06-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler
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J.P. Breen

06-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Injured Starter Market
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J.P. Breen

06-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Manny Machado
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J.P. Breen

06-15

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

06-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: May/June Leaders
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J.P. Breen

06-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Adam Eaton
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J.P. Breen

06-01

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

05-26

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

05-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Christian Yelich
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J.P. Breen

05-18

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The Call-Up: Lance McCullers
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

05-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brian Dozier
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J.P. Breen

05-06

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BP Ballpark Night
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J.P. Breen

05-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez
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J.P. Breen

05-04

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The Call-Up: Austin Hedges
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

04-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Checking in on April Leaders
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J.P. Breen

04-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Daily Leagues and Strikeouts
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J.P. Breen

04-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Jimmy Nelson
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J.P. Breen

04-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
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J.P. Breen

04-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: New Managers and Stolen Bases
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J.P. Breen

04-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Two-Start Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

04-13

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The Buyer's Guide: Shane Greene
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J.P. Breen

04-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Kevin Gausman
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J.P. Breen

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Trust Your Instincts
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J.P. Breen

03-30

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The Buyer's Guide: Adam Lind
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J.P. Breen

03-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Kyle Hendricks
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J.P. Breen

03-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Spring Training Battles to Watch
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J.P. Breen

03-16

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

03-10

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Prospects
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J.P. Breen

03-05

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Burdi vs. Derek Law
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J.P. Breen

03-02

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State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
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J.P. Breen

02-27

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Transaction Analysis: The Bad Bullpen Teams Get A Little Less Bad
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

02-23

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Player Profile: Kyle Gibson
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J.P. Breen

02-20

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
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J.P. Breen

02-13

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nomar Mazara vs. Raimel Tapia
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J.P. Breen

02-10

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Top 30 Outfielders
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J.P. Breen

02-05

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Tim Anderson vs. Francisco Lindor
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J.P. Breen

02-02

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State of the Position: Shortstop
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J.P. Breen

01-28

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 30 Third Basemen
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J.P. Breen

01-22

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Player Profile: Aaron Hill
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J.P. Breen

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Rangers Get Durable
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and J.P. Breen

01-19

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State of the Position: Second Base
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J.P. Breen

01-15

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Brandon Belt vs. Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

01-08

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
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J.P. Breen

01-05

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State of the Position: Catchers
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J.P. Breen

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: What the Rays and Nationals Got
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Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Chris Rodriguez and J.P. Breen

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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July 6, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Brett Anderson

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J.P. Breen

The takeaways from comparing the Dodgers lefty to a leading Cy Young Award contender.

In baseball, we’re often obsessed with player comps. I’ve long thought that relying on comps is a conceptual crutch, something that tends to do more harm than good, something that prevents one from treating a player as an individual talent. I do, though, believe player comps can be useful in fantasy baseball. It allows a fantasy owner to identify players who have similar production profiles, which ultimately aids in valuation. That is, if Player X is an established major-leaguer who has consistently been a top-10 performer at his position, it stands to reason that if Player Y has a similar statistical breakdown, he should be valued accordingly.

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June 29, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler

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As he returns from the DL, can the young Cub more closely resemble his 2014 form than his disappointing early-2015 version?

Almost exactly 10 months ago, the Chicago Cubs promoted Jorge Soler to the major leagues. I wrote the following:

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June 24, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Injured Starter Market

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J.P. Breen

Sizing up the arms getting ready to return from the DL.

As we approach the dog days of the baseball season, fantasy owners nearing contention will be seeking to improve their rosters, just like real-life organizations. However, the former have the added benefit of a waiver wire that’s often chock full of injured players who have been neglected or forgotten. Acquiring a key starter almost ready to return from the DL can often upgrade one’s roster nearly as much as a midseason trade, and it doesn’t cost anything but a roster spot.

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June 22, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Manny Machado

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J.P. Breen

Is there any reason to doubt the Orioles third baseman's future as a fantasy star?

Blossoming into a genuine superstar in baseball is insanely difficult. Becoming a superstar in one’s early 20s is even more difficult. Doing so in one’s early 20s without anyone taking real notice, however, is even harder still.

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June 15, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Billy Hamilton

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Is there reason to expect any offensive production besides steals from the Reds center fielder?

It’s an old adage in baseball that speed-centric players should keep the ball on the ground to best access the inherent advantage that speed provides a hitter. Plus-plus speed puts extreme pressure on the infield defense to quicken their fielding motions and their internal clocks, forcing miscues and free bases. Moreover, speed-centric players typically lack usable game power, so it’s a better strategy to put the baseball on the ground—either to find a hole or to leg-out an infield single—rather than hit a harmless flyball that completely negates the speed advantage.

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June 10, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: May/June Leaders

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J.P. Breen

Spotlighting the top recent performers at each position.

As mentioned last month, fantasy owners too often get caught up in full-season numbers and don’t take stock of what’s happening at each position. It’s often instructive to look at the “state of the position” over the past 30 days, in order to see which players are leading the pack. It’s those moments in which you see that Francisco Cervelli has been one of the top-five fantasy catchers over the past month. Sure, he’s hitting .331/.396/.405 on the year, but I still wouldn’t have guessed that he has been a top-five catcher in recent weeks. It’s all about contextualizing performance.

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June 8, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Adam Eaton

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Is there reason to bother buying low on the White Sox outfielder?

First impressions drive many of our social interactions. Whether it’s the turbulent job market or the popular rapid-fire world of speed dating, research increasingly confirms that humans make split-second decisions about the personality of an individual. Some studies suggest we take a mere one-tenth of a second to judge someone as likable or not. Similar studies suggest we’re pretty good at it, too.

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June 1, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco

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J.P. Breen

Has the Indians righty actually ascended into the elite ranks?

In the baseball world, it’s admittedly difficult to stay current on the latest and greatest advanced statistics. Moreover, at least for me, many of the advanced statistics serve as sobering reminders of my limited intelligence, which instinctively causes me to shy away from them.

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May 26, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Josh Reddick

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J.P. Breen

Can the A's outfielder sustain his outstanding start?

Listen to a hitting coach or a television broadcast long enough, and the term “controlling the strike zone” is bound to surface. It has become synonymous with plate discipline or, even more simply, a batter’s “patience” at the dish.

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May 18, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Christian Yelich

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J.P. Breen

Can the Marlins outfielder right the ship after a dreadful, injury-marred start?

The phrase “I have faith in [Player X]” is often bandied about in fantasy baseball circles. It’s most often uttered about a player who has struggled mightily and people are panicked, wondering if they should be jumping ship. Fantasy experts on Twitter and across the internet attempt to assuage the restless owners, offering optimistic data and promising better things to come.

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May 18, 2015 12:09 am

The Call-Up: Lance McCullers

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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

The Astros call up a prospect who has dominated in Double-A.

The situation: The Astros sit in first place but have received dreadful numbers from their fifth starters. They will look to maintain the former while fixing the latter with the call-up of McCullers to make his big-league debut Monday.

Background: The son of former big-leaguer Lance “Baby Goose” McCullers, McCullers Jr. was one of the best known prospects heading into the 2012 draft. His stock fluctuated over the “draft season” as inconsistent results saw him go from a lock to go in the top 10, to a good bet to go to the University of Florida, to a first-round talent with signing bonus concerns, all in a short period of time. The Astros selected McCullers and were able to give the right-hander double the allocated slot bonus by using the money they saved picking Carlos Correa. In his time in the system, McCullers has slowly but surely become one of their best pitching prospects, ranking seventh in the BP Astros’ top 10 this February. He appears to have taken a major step forward this spring, posting a 0.62 ERA at Double-A Corpus Christi with 43 strikeouts in 29 innings.

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May 11, 2015 10:40 am

The Buyer's Guide: Brian Dozier

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Does an extreme batted-ball distribution suggest it's time to bail on the Twins second sacker.

In March 1999, Ted Williams opined that strikeouts were killing baseball. Modern behemoths were muscling up, trying to hit the long ball, trading more whiffs for more power. In fact, Williams thought the problem was so severe that Major League Baseball needed to deaden the baseball or increase the height of the outfield fences to discourage hitters from selling out for power.

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