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06-22

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The Fantasy Verdict: Duvall You Believe?
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J.P. Breen

06-20

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

06-16

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The Buyer's Guide: Checking Progress
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J.P. Breen

06-13

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The Call-Up: Zach Eflin
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

06-13

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The Buyer's Guide: CC Sabathia
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J.P. Breen

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Building a Contender in TGDX
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J.P. Breen

06-07

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The Call-Up: Jameson Taillon
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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

06-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Minor-League Edition
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J.P. Breen

06-02

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The Fantasy Verdict: The Price of Thor
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J.P. Breen

05-26

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The Fantasy Verdict: Gattis and Catcher Eligibility
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J.P. Breen

05-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Nick Castellanos
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J.P. Breen

05-19

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

05-18

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The Call-Up: Colin Moran
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Kit House and J.P. Breen

05-12

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The Fantasy Verdict: People Ain't Trustin' David Price
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J.P. Breen

05-09

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The Buyer's Guide: Stephen Strasburg
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J.P. Breen

05-05

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The Fantasy Verdict: Kenta Maeda or Matt Moore
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J.P. Breen

05-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Patrick Corbin
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J.P. Breen

04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Fulmer
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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

04-27

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The Fantasy Verdict: Is Storytime Over?
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J.P. Breen

04-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Derek Norris
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J.P. Breen

04-22

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The Call-Up: Blake Snell
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Steve Givarz and J.P. Breen

04-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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J.P. Breen and Jeff Quinton

04-20

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The Things We Believe: Long-Shot Rookies, Power Surges, and an Emerging Strikeout Artist
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Greg Wellemeyer and J.P. Breen

04-18

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The Buyer's Guide: David Price
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J.P. Breen

04-14

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The Fantasy Verdict: Declaring Winners and Losers of Trades
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J.P. Breen

04-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Jean Segura
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J.P. Breen

04-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
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J.P. Breen and Jeff Quinton

04-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Martin Perez
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J.P. Breen

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Follow Your Heart
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J.P. Breen

03-22

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Winter Is Leaving
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J.P. Breen

03-21

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Playing Time Battles: American League East
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J.P. Breen

03-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Analyzing ADP to Identify Bargains
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J.P. Breen

03-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Targeting Under-the-Radar Prospects for Rebuilds
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J.P. Breen

03-10

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Player Profile: Brad Ziegler
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J.P. Breen

03-08

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

03-03

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Player Profile: Carlos Martinez
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J.P. Breen

03-01

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Player Profile: Nathan Eovaldi
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J.P. Breen

02-24

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State of the Position: Starting Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

02-22

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Player Profile: Mookie Betts
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J.P. Breen

02-17

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part Two: 31-75
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J.P. Breen

02-16

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part One: 1-30
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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

02-02

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

01-25

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

01-21

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Player Profile: Miguel Sano
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J.P. Breen

01-19

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Base
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J.P. Breen

01-18

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

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May 18, 2016 6:07 am

The Call-Up: Colin Moran

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Kit House and J.P. Breen

The former sixth-overall pick is set to make his debut.

The Situation: The universal favorites to win the division discovered that the universe had other plans. After a slow start that is crippling postseason hopes, the Houston Astros are shaking up the roster by sending a small wave of players to the farm or DL, most notably Carlos Gomez. The newest deck chair on the Titanic is Colin Moran. The old deck chairs were Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez. Obviously the hot corner deck chairs were not a selling point in the travel brochures when this ship launched in April.

Background: A nephew of B.J. Surhoff, Moran was the ACC player of the year at UNC in 2013 before being selected sixth-overall by the Miami Marlins. After coming to the Astros in the Jarred Cosart deal, the Astros have kept him at Double-A Corpus Christi for the last two seasons and Triple-A Fresno for the beginning of 2016. Although his numbers this year have dropped off slightly, his good average/modest power production has otherwise been remarkably consistent across seasons and levels.

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May 12, 2016 6:00 am

The Fantasy Verdict: People Ain't Trustin' David Price

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J.P. Breen

Court is in session as J.P. evaluates a few reader-submitted trades.

TRADE NUMBER ONE

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May 9, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Stephen Strasburg

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J.P. Breen

Just one thing stands between the Nationals ace and extraordinary dominance.

When he pitched for San Diego State, the media hyped Stephen Strasburg as a potential superstar, largely on the strength of his awe-inspiring triple-digit fastball as a starter. He was drafted a year before Aroldis Chapman came to the United States and started making triple-digit fastballs seem routine. His major-league debut in 2010 was must-watch television, much in the same way that Noah Syndergaard demands national attention when he takes the bump for the Mets.

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May 5, 2016 6:00 am

The Fantasy Verdict: Kenta Maeda or Matt Moore

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J.P. Breen

Court is in session as J.P. picks the winners and losers in reader-submitted trades.

I’m back, once again, judging your fantasy trades after you’ve already made them, deciding who won and who lost. I don’t always know which side is which when readers submit their fantasy trades, so I hope that I’m not crushing too many dreams. A few, though, for sure. At least a few.

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May 2, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Patrick Corbin

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J.P. Breen

The D'backs lefty has been hit hard in the early going, but is there reason to hope he might bounce back going forward?

I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, which has an interesting dynamic of simultaneously being urban and rural. It’s the state capitol and stereotyped to be overwhelmingly liberal, yet the landscape is peppered with farm after farm no more than five minutes outside the city’s borders. You’ll find so-called hippies hanging out on State Street, playing guitar and singing for peace, and tractors blocking an entire lane of a highway just a mile or two apart from each other.

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April 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Michael Fulmer

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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

The 2015-trade acquisition will have to impress to retain his role.

The Situation: The Tigers attempted to address their rotation need in the offseason by signing front-end starter Jordan Zimmermann. Unfortunately the injury bug has struck the back-end of the rotation early, with Shane Greene expected to miss two starts, of which the Tigers have committed at least one to Fulmer. In part due to a matchup, Brad Ausmus said, Fulmer was picked over Matt Boyd, which should put some pressure on with another major-league ready arm available in Toledo.

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April 27, 2016 6:00 am

The Fantasy Verdict: Is Storytime Over?

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J.P. Breen

Court is in session as J.P. evaluates three reader-submitted trades involving Trevor Story, Jacob deGrom, and more.

This is a project I started a couple of weeks ago, and with the help of some of kind BP’s readers in the comments section, I think we’ve developed a quality structure to this series. In short: You send me some of your recent fantasy trades on Twitter, and I lay down the definitive judgment as to who won and who lost. No tying. Bud Selig ain’t presiding in this fantasy court of law. I am.

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April 25, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Derek Norris

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J.P. Breen

The Padres catcher is off to a dismal start, but is there reason to hope he might reemerge as a useful fantasy backstop?

One year does not make a trend. Performance ebbs and flows in baseball—more for some players than others, to be sure—so it’s always smart to be skeptical of significant single-season variances.

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April 22, 2016 5:04 pm

The Call-Up: Blake Snell

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Steve Givarz and J.P. Breen

After a breakout 2015 season, the Rays' top prospect gets at least a spot start.

Background
The Rays drafted Snell with the seventh of their 10 first-round picks that year, as a supplemental pick for the loss of Brad Hawpe. He will be the third member of that class to make it to the bigs (Mikie Mahtook and Tyler Goeddel being the other two). Snell didn’t get off to the greatest start in his pro career, as he struggled to throw strikes and prior to 2015 had a walk rate of 4.9 in 287 innings. But he did showcase a premium arsenal with a strikeout rate of 9.5. Things finally clicked for the tall lefty in 2015, as he lowered his walk rate to 3.6, improved his strikeout rate to 10.9, posted an ERA of 1.41, and finished with a masterful nine starts in Triple-A. All of this made Blake Snell our Top Prospect for the Rays for 2016, as well as 21st in our top 101

Scouting Report
When he was drafted Snell was a raw, inconsistent lefty out of the Seattle area, flashing feel for pitching as well as a long projectable body to dream on. It took a while for the command and pitches to take a step forward, but he firmly blew down the door in 2015. His fastball is 92-94 and will touch 96 when he needs it, but the pitch plays to double-plus with plus movement that generates a lot of weak contact and awkward movement. His primary off-speed pitch is a slider with really hard downward tilt, and he is comfortable throwing away to LHH. (He's also comfortable burying the hopes and dreams of RHH.) His changeup flashes plus because of his arm speed and the offering's late drop, though the pitch is behind his others in terms of overall command as he struggles to leave the pitch up. He always had a feel to pitch but the numbers finally backed it up, as he showcases above-average control and average command of his arsenal. His long-term outlook has top-of-the-rotation stuff, but pitching in the big leagues is hard and it needs to be seen how his strike-throwing ways will do against big-league hitters.



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April 22, 2016 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Four

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J.P. Breen and Jeff Quinton

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format.

12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUES (HITTERS)

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Greg projects near-term fantasy returns from two players with murky paths to the majors, while J.P. believes in two veterans' soaring pop and punchout production.

I Firmly Believe: Colin Moran will return the most value among Astros third basemen

Through the season’s first 13 games, the Astros third basemen are hitting .186/.250/.237. The division of labor is roughly two-thirds Luis Valbuena, one-third Marwin Gonzalez, and a dusting of Matt Duffy. As the primary incumbent and strong side of the platoon, Valbuena holds the keys to whether this prediction has any chance of coming to fruition.

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April 18, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: David Price

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J.P. Breen

Is now the right time to try to snatch the Red Sox lefty from a fretting fantasy owner?

Fantasy baseball is designed to mirror real-life baseball. It allows the average fan to “play GM,” and it’s one of the main reasons why dynasty leagues, especially deep dynasty leagues, are skyrocketing in popularity. We all want to build rosters, identify talent, and see how we stack up to our buddies.

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