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09-19

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The Buyer's Guide: Ender Inciarte
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J.P. Breen

09-12

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

09-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Thoughts About 2016
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J.P. Breen

09-01

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The Call-Up: Yoan Moncada
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Worrying About Innings Limits
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J.P. Breen

08-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Hernan Perez and Friends
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J.P. Breen

08-26

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The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton
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08-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Recent Top Performers: Pitchers and Outfielders
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J.P. Breen

08-15

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

08-13

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 74: I Love Andrew Benintendi
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George Bissell, Craig Goldstein, J.P. Breen and Matt Collins

08-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadline Post-Mortem
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J.P. Breen

08-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Daniel Murphy
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J.P. Breen

08-02

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The Call-Up: Orlando Arcia
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Giants Make a Bet on Moore
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Patrick Dubuque, David Lee and J.P. Breen

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Rollin' to the Wild, Wild West
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J.P. Breen and David Lee

08-01

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The Buyer's Guide: J.A. Happ
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J.P. Breen

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo
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Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

07-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Four Things I Believe
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J.P. Breen

07-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Second-Half Additions
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J.P. Breen

07-21

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

07-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Wil Myers
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J.P. Breen

07-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: First-Half Awards
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J.P. Breen

07-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brandon Belt
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J.P. Breen

07-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Game Preview: World Team
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J.P. Breen

07-05

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The Buyer's Guide: Junior Guerra
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J.P. Breen

06-29

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Position Players
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J.P. Breen

06-28

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The Call-Up: Lucas Giolito
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

06-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Steven Wright
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J.P. Breen

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

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August 8, 2016 11:11 am

The Buyer's Guide: Daniel Murphy

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Is there reason to believe that the Nats second sacker's offensive breakout might soon slow?

It’s impossible to watch enough baseball to be intimately familiar with all major-league hitters or major-league pitchers. Most of us have specific teams that we follow or players who we try to watch most nights, but Major League Baseball has umpteen dozen players with whom we’re familiar only through their stat line.

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Orlando Arcia sounds more like a destination resort than a baseball player but here we are.

The Situation: Milwaukee has gone from having one of the worst systems in baseball just a few short years ago to having one of the very best in baseball. On Tuesday, we’ll get to see one of the very best in that system: shortstop Orlando Arcia.

Background: The Brewers gave Arcia $95,000 in the fall of 2011 to procure his services out of Venezuela; a modest—but not insignificant—amount of money. The following year he impressed in the Dominican Summer League, but he didn’t get a chance to build on it after breaking his ankle in spring training, costing him all of the 2012 season. After two pedestrian offensive years in Low and High-A in 2013 and 2014, Arcia took a massive step forward in 2015, hitting .307/.347/.453 in Double-A Biloxi. The 2016 season hasn’t been as impressive, but he has hit a respectable .268/.320/.404 in the friendly confines of the PCL for Colorado Springs, and the Brewers believe he’s ready to show off his talents at the major league level.

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They paid a high price to get him, but what version of Matt Moore should the Giants expect to see?

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The Giants add a power lefty for the bullpen, while the Brewers get that starting catcher they've been lacking for about 20 minutes.



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August 1, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: J.A. Happ

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Can the Jays lefty remain a valuable fantasy starter down the stretch, or is it time to jump ship?

It’s been almost 12 months to the day since J.A. Happ joined the Pittsburgh Pirates and genuflected at the feet of pitching coach Ray Searage. The mythology surrounding Searage conveniently ignores the hurlers who weren’t fixed—or, perhaps, were too far gone—but it’s undeniable that Searage has worked a few miracles in his professional career.

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The Nationals get Mark Melancon, a reliever who has been as good as Aroldis Chapman.

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July 27, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Four Things I Believe

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J.P. offers his thoughts on four hot fantasy topics.

(1) Leagues that use holds + saves, rather than just saves, must expand the number of required reliever roster spots.

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July 25, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Second-Half Additions

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J.P. recommends a handful of widely available players who could help your fantasy squad down the stretch.

Here at The Buyer’s Guide, we routinely talk about established players, their fantasy trade value, and whether owners should buy, sell, or hold. As in-season trades die down in late July and early August, it’s perhaps more helpful to scour the waiver wire for help.

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July 21, 2016 6:00 am

Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers

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A look at several young arms who could be knocking on the big-league door and ready to help your fantasy squad.

Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
(Strikeouts, ERA, Wins)


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Very few players make the sort of progress that this Padre has at his age, but does that mean you shouldn't buy into his breakout?

The world had forgotten about Wil Myers because patience is notoriously non-existent in fantasy baseball. Owners throw away historically consistent producers for flash-in-the-pan hot streaks every year. I join a random ESPN public league each year—I also enjoy flipping the difficulty mode on FIFA16 from professional to beginner from time to time so I can win by a dozen-plus goals—and someone dropped David Price after his early struggles. That’s obviously an extreme example of what I’m talking about; however, any serious fantasy player will be well acquainted with the impulse to make knee-jerk decisions based solely upon hot streaks.

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July 13, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: First-Half Awards

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With the All-Star break upon us, J.P. dishes out some (figurative) hardware.

HITTERS

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July 11, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Brandon Belt

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The Giants first baseman does something less often than every qualified hitter, and it might help him sustain his first-half success.

Brandon Belt has been a fantasy darling for years, ever since he hit .289/.360/.481 with 17 homers for the San Francisco Giants in 2013. Injuries and a lack of premium power, perhaps due to his home park, have kept him from being a top-end fantasy first baseman. That’s even true this season—Belt is only the 16th-ranked first baseman in ESPN leagues—but it’s impossible to ignore his impressive .301/.406/.523 slash line and wonder if his true fantasy value exceeds what the normal algorithms indicate.

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