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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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04-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Two-Start Pitchers
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04-13

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The Buyer's Guide: Shane Greene
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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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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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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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April 20, 2015 6:54 am

The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas

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Is the Royals third baseman's hot start a sign of a breakout in progress?

Glowing scouting reports and minor-league numbers are no guarantees of major-league success. While both are intensely valuable and help us project future big-league stars far better than we otherwise could, there’s something special about the jump from Triple-A to the major leagues that proves too much for some top prospects.

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April 16, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: New Managers and Stolen Bases

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A look at how the six new MLB skippers could impact players' fantasy values with their base-stealing philosophies.

A half-dozen teams have new managers in 2015. While that fact may have already crawled its way out of our collective consciousness in the first couple weeks of the year, new managers do have some impact on fantasy baseball production. Perhaps most directly, changes atop the totem pole in the dugout can lead to strategic differences on the base paths. In other words, the frequency with which a team runs on the basepaths can change with a new manager.

The Detroit Tigers are a prime example of this. In 2013 with Jim Leyland at the helm, the Tigers stole the fewest bases (35) in Major League Baseball. After Leyland retired and Brad Ausmus became skipper, the Tigers ran wild. Their 106 stolen bases a year ago ranked seventh in the league. Coming into Wednesday’s games, they had stolen the second-most bases in baseball. Different managers, different strategies.

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Two-Start Pitchers

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A few recommended pickups who are probably available in your league.

Confession: Outside of points leagues, I don’t understand the overwhelming tendency in fantasy baseball to stream starting pitchers from week-to-week.

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April 13, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Shane Greene

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Does progress with his changeup portend sustained success for the Tigers righty?

We all have transitional moments in life, and in sports, all with different degrees of significance and magnitude. That moment when you recognize that you’re not good enough to play college ball and that you’re essentially done playing competitively. That moment when you realize that you’ve met the one you’re going to marry. That moment when you graduate from docile fan to obsessive fanatic of your favorite team. That moment when you moved from catcher to pitcher and it just clicked.

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April 6, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Kevin Gausman

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The Orioles have yo-yo'd Kevin Gausman between roles, but what does that mean for his fantasy value?

A couple years ago, I was chatting with an unnamed minor-league pitcher about his much-heralded breakout campaign. He signed a pro contract with ample hype, but scuffled for a couple of years, moving from the rotation to the bullpen and back again, and getting moved to multiple minor-league affiliates. Suddenly, the light bulb came on and he dominated.

Asking him what changed, he deadpanned, “They finally put me somewhere and let me [expletive] pitch.”

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April 1, 2015 11:48 am

My Model Portfolio: Trust Your Instincts

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After a few months of preparation, J.P. invests in the players he believes are primed to take the next step.

Process

When I sat down to compile a championship fantasy squad with a full $260 budget (using Mike Gianella’s player values), I did not have a coherent strategy. In fact, I sifted through each position, grabbing players by feel and trying to identify either elite players I coveted or players I thought were undervalued. In this way, I sought to avoid outsmarting myself and overthinking.

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March 30, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Adam Lind

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Is a bit year in store for the ex-Jay as he takes over at first base in Milwaukee?

Fantasy baseball owners are hardwired to pursue value. It’s not always about grabbing the best player at a given position, but rather identifying several players who are undervalued by the community and spending less to acquire more. That way, the banked money can be utilized in other areas to create the best possible squad.

When acquiring high-end players, value isn’t always paramount. In auctions, if you’re unwilling to spend the extra $5-10 on an elite player, you’ll be stuck with extra money in the end and a roster devoid of impact talent. Similarly, in snake drafts, the first couple of rounds are more about acquiring “safe” production among the elite, rather than absolute talent—which is why someone like Troy Tulowitzki is a back-end option in the first round, when his talent is clearly top five.

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March 23, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Kyle Hendricks

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A closer look at the intriguing Cubs righty.

For those diehards who religiously follow the minor leagues, devouring the wonderful BP top-10 prospect lists and Monday Ten Packs, we’re always cautioned to be careful of player comps. Such comps place unrealistic expectations on player development and don’t allow for minor leaguers to carve out their own niche. They categorize and label guys in a way that’s not always productive and is sometimes unfair.

I do believe statistical comps can be useful for fresh-faced major leaguers, though, in terms of fantasy baseball. Minor-league scouting reports paint a picture of what a player could become if everything clicks; however, it’s always important to take a step back from the painting and consider where it fits in the larger fantasy landscape. That is to say, statistically, what type of player could [Player X] become and what does that look like for fantasy owners.

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March 18, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Spring Training Battles to Watch

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A few job competitions to keep an eye on in Cactus and Grapefruit League play.

Though many fantasy baseball leagues have already completed their drafts, many leagues are still holding out to ensure injuries have time to occur and spring training battles have largely been sorted out. After all, it becomes tricky in late-round situations, if you’re trying to guess whether Pitcher X or Pitcher Y will secure the fifth-starter spot—as the other guy gets sent to Triple-A and is a fantasy non-factor.

Which spring training roster battles should you be tracking over the next couple weeks? Here are a trio of competitions that could affect late-round draft strategy:

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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Michael Pineda

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Can the big Yankee build on a promising 2014 comeback from shoulder trouble?

The offseason has officially ended with spring training in full force, which can only mean that the BP Fantasy Team is returning to our in-season writing schedule. That means the return of my weekly column, The Buyer’s Guide, which profiles a specific player each week in hopes of dishing out some buy-hold-or-sell advice to fantasy owners.

Here’s how this works:

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March 10, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: NL Post-Prospects

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Examining a handful of senior-circuit youngsters whose initial shine has worn off.

Fantasy analysts often focus on post-hype players—guys like Brett Lawrie, who entered the league as future stars, but haven’t yet lived up to their potential. Post-prospects are the young players who no longer have rookie status and who were never highly hyped prospects. Players who may have been top-10 prospects in their respective orgs, but were never seen as program-changers like post-hype prospects.

We’re focusing on the National League today. Here are five post-prospects to watch as we cruise into fantasy draft season:

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March 5, 2015 6:00 am

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

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Two right-handed flamethrowers square off, but does the Twin or the Giant have the edge?

At times, we all participate in something that causes us to (1) realize that life has no greater purpose, and (2) accept that our tolerance for pain is much greater than we previously ever imagined. Welcome to the Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition, for relievers. We’re placing Nick Burdi alongside Derek Law and trying to determine a winner.

Spoiler Alert: There are no winners in life. We’re all relief prospects at heart—people who flash sporadic greatness, but lack either the luck or the consistency to make it big. A precious few reach their full potential, teasing us with a glimpse of the promised land. The delusion is thinking that the closer’s role is the promised land, though, isn’t it?

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