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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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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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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

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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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J.P. Breen

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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May 6, 2015 6:00 am

BP Ballpark Night

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J.P. Breen

Last year, Ryan Braun had an excuse. Does he now?

Join us for Baseball Prospectus Night at Miller Park to watch the Brewers play the Cubs on May 9th. Order Your Tickets Today.

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez

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Has the Orioles righty reinvented himself as a ground-ball machine?

The Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1891 wrote, “inconsistency among baseball … is as natural as sunlight.”

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Austin Hedges

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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

The Padres call up a .257/.317/.392 career hitter, and it's must-see TV.

The situation: The second-place Padres have gotten big offensive numbers from Derek Norris (.880 OPS, 11 doubles going into Sunday) but have called up Hedges to replace the struggling Wil Nieves as the backup.

Background: Hedges was a highly-touted backstop coming out of JSerra High School in Orange County, CA, but a strong commitment to UCLA saw him slip into the second round, where many viewed him unsignable. San Diego convinced him with a $3 million dollar signing bonus and he quickly established himself as one of the best catching prospects in baseball. He was the no. 1 prospect on the BP Prospect Team’s Padres rankings this winter, and was the second-highest ranked catcher on the BP 101, trailing only recent Boston call-up Blake Swihart.

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April 30, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Checking in on April Leaders

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J.P. Breen

A breakdown of and buy-low candidate at every position.

We can only glean so much information from looking at April’s statistics. It’s inherently a small sample size. However, in my experience of dishing out advice to fantasy owners in the Bat Signal and on Twitter, it’s obvious that owners don’t often evaluate the “state of the position.” That is, they tend to look at individual players and not focus on the context of the position.

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April 29, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Daily Leagues and Strikeouts

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J.P. Breen

Examining pitching staffs worth targeting in DFS formats.

Some people who play daily fantasy contests, such as on DraftKings, have come to me and lamented the randomness or luck involved in such leagues. I take this complaint to stem from the fact that one can analyze the matchups, analyze the park factors, and even analyze the recent hot/cold streaks to craft the ideal team each day, and the results are not certain to follow. Well-crafted squads often don’t win, while non-ideal squads can dominate on occasion. It feels wrong, in a way.

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April 27, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jimmy Nelson

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J.P. Breen

Has a new curveball propelled the Brewers righty to new heights?

“Yo, Breen! You just got a new four-top!”

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April 20, 2015 6:54 am

The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas

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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

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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