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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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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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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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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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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 30 Third Basemen

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J.P. Breen

Ranking the third sackers from now through the end of the 2017 season.

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January 22, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Aaron Hill

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J.P. Breen

Is there reason to hope that the Snakes' keystoner could bounce back?

Player Background

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January 20, 2015 12:03 am

Transaction Analysis: The Rangers Get Durable

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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and J.P. Breen

A season after injuries destroyed everything, Texas adds Yovani Gallardo, who makes 30 starts like a lazy editor makes bad metaphors.



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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Base

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J.P. Breen

The keystone might be deeper than you think.

Although the league-average second baseman only hit .250/.307/.364 in 2014, the position was rather deep. Seven second basemen finished the season as top-50 fantasy players in ESPN leagues, including a few breakout stars such as Josh Harrison, Dee Gordon, and Brian Dozier. Ultimately, it proved to be a crazy season in which cheap options on draft day provided some of the best value—as five of the top-10 second baseman were, on average, drafted outside the top 15.

Perhaps it’s a changing of the guard. Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, and Chase Utley continue to age and are no longer elite options. Guys like Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve now lead the charge. That doesn’t even include the massive number of second-base prospects who are poised to jump into the mix in 2015—such as Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Kolten Wong, and the forgotten Jurickson Profar, among others. The position has the potential to be crazy deep.

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January 15, 2015 6:00 am

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

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J.P. Breen

Which of these first sackers should you choose in multi-year formats?

By this point, you’ve seen a few Tale of the Tape articles. Matt Collins kicked us off strong, Craig Goldstein refused to fall victim to groupthink and branched out with a dynasty league version, and Mr. Collins doubled up with another installment this week. The 2015 Tale of the Tape series shines a spotlight on two closely ranked players at the same position, hoping to pry them apart enough to help fantasy owners on draft day. Today, we’re featuring a showdown between Lucas Duda, who was a breakout guy last year, and perennial fantasy darling Brandon Belt. It’s East Coast vs. West Coast. The Big Apple vs. the City of the Bay. The penniless Mets vs. the World Champion Giants.

Truth hurts, Mets fans.

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January 8, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy

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J.P. Breen

The Brewer is on the verge of being a bona fide stud at the catcher position.

In early August 2014, Jonathan Lucroy was the top-producing fantasy catcher, and it wasn’t exactly close. He was so far clear of second place that it took an otherworldly performance from Buster Posey over the final two months to surpass the 28-year-old backstop. Still, Lucroy established himself as an elite fantasy option at the catcher position. Owners who drafted him, on average, did so outside the top-five catchers– and those owners were collecting massive surplus value throughout the entire year.

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January 5, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Catchers

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J.P. Breen

Sizing up the backstop landscape for fantasy purposes.

The 2014 season proved to be a mixed bag at the catcher position. A few players emerged as legitimate top-10 talents, such as Devin Mesoraco and Yan Gomes, while some of the preseason darlings, such as Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos, failed to produce due to injury. Those circumstances, though, seem to add up to an extremely deep position in 2015: If the breakouts carry over and the injured players return to everyday roles, the top 10 could be relatively stacked.

An underappreciated advantage at the catcher position has always been plate appearances. Position players around the diamond amass 600-plus PA with regularity, but in 2014, only three players eclipsed that mark. However, only one catcher (Carlos Santana) did so in 2013. The biggest reason for the increase? Catchers are beginning to play multiple positions. Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy, Joe Mauer, Yasmani Grandal, Carlos Santana, Brian McCann, Stephen Vogt, and Evan Gattis all qualified at more than one spot. The added roster versatility is always nice for fantasy owners, but more importantly, the benefit can be found in the PA category. That means more opportunities for counting statistics—a category in which catchers have traditionally struggled. Teams are searching for ways to get quality catchers more plate appearances, which is a boon for fantasy owners wise enough to capitalize on such trends.

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Wil Myers headlined the deal, but here's what the other two teams in Wednesday's three-way got.



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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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