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02-08

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State of the Position: Shortstop
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J.P. Breen

02-05

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Player Profile: Matt Carpenter
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02-02

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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02-01

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Transaction Analysis: The Take-Out Signing
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Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

01-28

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Player Profile: Devon Travis
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01-25

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State of the Position: Second Base
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01-21

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Player Profile: Miguel Sano
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01-19

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Base
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01-18

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Transaction Analysis: Innings, Innings, Innings
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J.P. Breen and Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Player Profile: Derek Norris
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01-11

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Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief
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Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

01-11

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State of the Position: Catcher
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J.P. Breen

01-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Surveying the Uncertain Closer Landscape
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J.P. Breen

12-21

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Saves: The General Landscape
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J.P. Breen

12-14

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: WHIP: Over/Underachievers
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J.P. Breen

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Implement Flextime
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Jeff Quinton, Sahadev Sharma and J.P. Breen

12-07

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Wins: A Deeper Dive
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J.P. Breen

11-30

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Bases: The General Landscape
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11-23

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: ERA: Over/Underachievers
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J.P. Breen

11-16

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive
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J.P. Breen

11-12

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Transaction Analysis: Hicks and Yanks
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

11-09

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: The General Landscape
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J.P. Breen

11-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Rodriguez
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10-26

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The Buyer's Guide: Daniel Murphy
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10-19

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
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10-12

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The Buyer's Guide: Jacob deGrom
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10-05

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The Buyer's Guide: Marco Estrada
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09-28

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The Buyer's Guide: D.J. LeMahieu
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J.P. Breen

09-22

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Transaction Analysis: Brewers Stearnly Assay Their Future
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J.P. Breen

09-21

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The Buyer's Guide: Jeff Samardzija
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J.P. Breen

09-14

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The Buyer's Guide: Xander Bogaerts
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08-31

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The Buyer's Guide: Ian Desmond
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08-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Wily Peralta
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08-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Second-Half Pitching Trainwrecks
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J.P. Breen

08-17

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

08-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Jose Quintana
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J.P. Breen

08-03

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The Call-Up: Jon Gray
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Brendan Gawlowski and J.P. Breen

08-03

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The Buyer's Guide: Yoenis Cespedes
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J.P. Breen

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Houston is Hip to Gomez
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J.P. Breen, Kate Morrison, Christopher Crawford, Brendan Gawlowski, Wilson Karaman and Mike Gianella

07-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Jose Reyes
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J.P. Breen

07-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Upton
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J.P. Breen

07-13

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

07-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Grading The Buyer's Guide, Part One
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J.P. Breen

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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February 8, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Shortstop

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J.P. Breen

The 30,000-foot-high view of the six spot for fantasy purposes.

Baseball is arguably the most difficult of all major sports, and if not the most difficult, at least the most failure-laden sport. A batter who fails 70 percent of the time is an All-Star nowadays, while a starting pitcher who surrenders a baserunner per inning is a borderline ace. Hell, the notion of failure is so embedded in baseball that it’s expected that young players crash and burn before finding their footing in the majors.

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Can the Redbirds third baseman put it all together to become an elite fantasy asset?

For the better part of three years, Matt Carpenter was saddled with the unfortunate label of being “more valuable in real life than in fantasy baseball.” This is one of many articles that utilized the phrase. He proved to be one of the premier hitters in Major League Baseball—in terms of plate discipline, approach, and batting average—but that didn’t necessarily translate to standard fantasy leagues because it didn’t come with average power production.

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February 2, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base

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Breaking down the players eligible at the hot corner into fantasy value-based bins.

Third base has more star power than it has in roughly a decade, and it’s largely young star power. Just think, a year ago we only had Donaldson as a five-star fantasy option. Fast forward 12 months, and we’re legitimately discussing a hot-corner quartet that could dominate the fantasy scene for the next few years. Pretty cool.

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Just when it looked like Chase Utley might be a regular again, here comes Kendrick to take him out at the knees.



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January 28, 2016 6:00 am

Player Profile: Devon Travis

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The Jays second sacker was terrific in his rookie campaign, but can he sustain the brilliance over a full season?

Devon Travis is a fantasy owner’s dream—guy who hit .304 in his rookie debut, who showed an ability to draw a walk, who posted an ISO near .200, and who stole a few bases. What many hardcore fantasy owners adore, though, is the fact that he did all this without ever ranking on a top-100 prospect list. He’s a dude who compiled impressive minor-league statistics without the prospect fanfare, yet could legitimately be an above-average second baseman at the major-league level—the kind of thing that validates “box-score watching” in the minors.

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January 25, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Base

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An overview of the fantasy offerings at the keystone.

Over the past half-decade, the second-base position has lost its offensive potency. It has become a premium fantasy position, in many ways, as top-tier options seemingly have gotten an extra ADP boost in recent years due to the dearth of intriguing players at the third and fourth level.

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January 21, 2016 6:00 am

Player Profile: Miguel Sano

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The young Twin has light-tower power, but is he an overrated fantasy asset for 2016?

Miguel Sano will be one of the most hyped first-year players in fantasy baseball in 2016, perhaps behind only Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, and Noah Syndergaard. He clobbered 18 homers in just 335 big-league plate appearances—his first taste of The Show—and is already being projected by some to hit 30+ home runs this upcoming year. If the 22-year-old weren’t stuck as a UTIL option in most leagues to begin the campaign, he’d assuredly be drafted higher than the fifth round (where he’s currently going this winter).

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January 19, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Base

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Breaking down the options at this position into fantasy-value-based bins.

As our fantasy positional series continues at Baseball Prospectus, we move from a position of turpitude (catcher) to one of genuine quality (first base). The positional series is a collaborative effort—with my rankings taking into account the arguments of other Fantasy Team writers—so if your favorite player doesn’t get enough attention in this article, there’s a great chance that he’s been (or will be) featured in another piece this week. Let’s get to the “star” ratings, which will once again be broken down into five tiers.

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January 18, 2016 8:49 am

Transaction Analysis: Innings, Innings, Innings

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J.P. Breen and Wilson Karaman

The Royals look to continue their streak of questionable pitching contracts that look good in retrospect.

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January 14, 2016 6:00 am

Player Profile: Derek Norris

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The Padres backstop has his warts, but he can be a useful fantasy asset if properly deployed.

The fact that Derek Norris simultaneously outperformed fantasy expectations and disappointed owners says a lot about the catcher position in 2015. He ranked as the eighth-best catcher in ESPN leagues, yet only hit .250/.305/.404 with 14 homers on a sub-par Padres club. His infamous walk rate (at least amongst saber-minded baseball fans) crashed to a mere 6.3 percent, the worst mark of his career, at any level, by over two percentage points.

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January 11, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief

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Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

Ben Revere is reunited with Jon Papelbon in Washington; Drew Storen bids good riddance.



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Surveying the league-wide backstop landscape and the fantasy implications therein.

Although the league-wide narrative following the 2015 season was that offensive numbers positively bounced back from a prolonged decline, we cannot extend that argument to the catcher position. Production from MLB catchers at the plate has taken a nosedive. It has fallen for three consecutive seasons:

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