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07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Anthony Rendon's Leap to Superstardom
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Matt Collins

07-18

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-11

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Closer Report: Week 15
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Matt Collins

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Midseason Trade Targets
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Matt Collins

07-05

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Closer Report: Week 14
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Matt Collins

06-27

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Closer Report: Week 13
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Matt Collins

06-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sticking It Out With Avisail Garcia
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Matt Collins

06-20

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Closer Report: Week 12
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Matt Collins

06-13

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Closer Report: Week 11
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Matt Collins

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Next Five Relievers
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Matt Collins

06-06

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Closer Report: Week 10
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Matt Collins

06-02

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Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitcher
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Matt Collins

05-30

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Closer Report: Week 9
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Matt Collins

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Miggy's Decline?
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Matt Collins

05-23

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Closer Report: Week 8
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Matt Collins

05-16

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Closer Report: Week 7
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Matt Collins

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Selling Low on Two Pitchers
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Matt Collins

05-09

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Closer Report: Week 6
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Matt Collins

05-02

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Closer Report: Week 5
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Matt Collins

04-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: The All-April Team
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Matt Collins

04-25

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Closer Report: Week 4
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Matt Collins

04-18

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Closer Report: Week 3
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Matt Collins

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Surprising Strikeout Surgers
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Matt Collins

04-11

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Closer Report: Week 2
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Matt Collins

04-04

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Closer Report: Week 1
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Matt Collins

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: Trying to Find a Balance
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Matt Collins

03-17

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Position Battles: American League East
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Matt Collins

03-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: An All-Post-Hype Team
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Matt Collins

03-06

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Early ADP Analysis: Relief Pitchers
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Matt Collins

03-03

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Player Profile: Jerad Eickhoff
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Matt Collins

02-28

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Player Profile: Tanner Roark
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Matt Collins

02-22

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Early ADP Analysis: Starting Pitchers
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Matt Collins

02-17

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Player Profile: Odubel Herrera
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Matt Collins

02-13

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Early ADP Analysis: Outfielders
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Matt Collins

02-06

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Early ADP Analysis: Shortstop
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Matt Collins

02-03

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Player Profile: Evan Longoria
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Matt Collins

01-30

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Early ADP Analysis: Third Base
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Matt Collins

01-23

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Early ADP Analysis: Second Base
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Matt Collins

01-20

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Player Profile: Miguel Cabrera
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Matt Collins

01-16

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Early ADP Analysis: First Base
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Matt Collins

01-09

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Early ADP Analysis: Catchers
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Matt Collins

01-04

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Wins
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Matt Collins

12-21

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Transaction Analysis: Miami's Plan B and J-Roll's Last Stand
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Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood and Matt Collins

12-14

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Moving Forward: Batting Average
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Matt Collins

12-07

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Strikeouts
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Matt Collins

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Proof, Gargoyles, and David Price
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Matt Collins

10-04

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Closer Report: It's Award Season!
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Matt Collins

09-27

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Closer Report: Week 26
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Matt Collins

09-22

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

09-20

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Closer Report: Week 25
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July 21, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Anthony Rendon's Leap to Superstardom

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Matt Collins

Rendon has been one of the top five or so offensive performers in 2017.

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July 18, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 16

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Nationals trade should have brought clarity to Washington and Oakland, but it hasn't really done that yet.

Welcome to the Closer Report, and more importantly welcome to trade season. We had our first major reliever trade of the summer, and it involved the team we were all expecting it to include. That wasn’t the only news of the All-Star-shortened week, either, as a couple of committees are becoming slightly clearer. Before we move on to that, just a reminder you can keep up with all movement with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the news.

Nationals finally address bullpen woes

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July 11, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 15

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Matt Collins

Bud Norris stays strong at back end of Angels pen.

We have reached the official unofficial halfway point of the baseball season and a small break from action for fantasy baseball players. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) the world of closers never sleeps. Despite it being a fairly quiet week in Reliever Land, there still are a few situations that we are keeping close tabs on and can update heading into the break. Before we get there, just a reminder that you can keep up with the latest movement with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.

Bud Norris is still in control for the Angels

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July 7, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Midseason Trade Targets

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Jeff Samardzija, Hanley Ramirez and Ender Inciarte are not-so-obvious possibilities who could improve your team down the stretch.

We are currently in the final full week of the first half, and we’ll spend most of the next week recharging our fantasy baseball batteries and getting ready for the stretch run. Most of our trade deadlines are about a month or so away, so now is the time to decide whether you want to stick with someone for the rest of the year or try to sell on them now. Every roster is different, and you can’t just trade for your favorite players, particularly in a roto league. Obviously, the ideal scenario for any manager at the deadline is to shore up areas of weakness. With that, here are—generally speaking—my three favorite trade targets for the second half. Keep in mind this is simply for redraft leagues, or maybe even contenders in longer-term leagues.

Jeff Samardzija—Giants

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July 5, 2017 8:04 am

Closer Report: Week 14

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Matt Collins

Sam Dyson, Bud Norris, and Matt Bush—maybe.

Welcome back to a one-day-late edition of the Closer Report. It was an eventful week in the world of relievers, with injuries and underperformance leading to some notable changes in bullpens around the league. Before we get into that, just a reminder you can keep up with the latest changes with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.

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June 27, 2017 10:45 am

Closer Report: Week 13

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Matt Collins

The Nationals would love to switch places with the Angels when it comes to the bullpens. Both teams are frustrating as heck for fantasy players.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It wasn’t a terribly busy week in Reliever Land, but there seems to be plenty of movement bubbling under the surface, just waiting to jump out into the wilderness. Before we get into all of that, just a reminder that you can keep up with any movement with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the good stuff.

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June 23, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Sticking It Out With Avisail Garcia

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Garcia continues to produce well beyond his career norms at the plate. What should you do with him? Maybe just sit tight.

Even for a sport that revolves around unpredictability, this has been a weird fantasy baseball season. There have been complete collapses from fantasy mainstays, unfathomable performances from rookies, and breakouts from players we’d written off years ago. One member of the latter group is Avisail Garcia.

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June 20, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 12

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Did you know the Nationals are still feeling around in the dark for a closer?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It wasn’t a busy week in Reliever Land but, despite that, there is still plenty to talk about with some strange performances, notable usage and returns from injury. Before we get into that, just a reminder that you can keep up with all changes during the week with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the goods.

Cam Bedrosian is back in Los Angeles; Huston Street close behind

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June 13, 2017 7:13 am

Closer Report: Week 11

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Matt Collins

You'll never guess what's going on with the Phillies bullpen. No, really, no one will ever guess in a million years, it's just awful.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. This past week was a little more eventful than the previous few, with a couple changes atop depth charts and some injuries further down. Before we jump into the movement, just a reminder you can keep up with the changes with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to some of that content.

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June 9, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Next Five Relievers

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Felipe Rivero, Archie Bradley, Joe Smith, David Phelps and Will Harris deserve your attention.

Last week, our fantasy team handled the task of re-ranking every position for fantasy for the rest of the season. I handled the reliever rankings, which can be found here. In them, I ranked the top-40 relievers, which gives a good base of all of the closers around the league with a few primary setup men thrown in there. That covers most fantasy leagues, but a few of the deeper leagues could be looking for more names. So with that in mind, and with another week of baseball in the books, let’s look at the top five relievers for fantasy purposes who did not make last week’s list.

Felipe Rivero—Pirates

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June 6, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 10

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Koda Glover fumbles an opportunity, but it's not time for his owners to panic until the Nats get heavy into trade talks for a new closer. Sean Doolittle soon will be lurking again in the Oakland bullpen. Cam Bedrosian is back with the Angels, but does that mean Bud Norris loses his place in line?

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. It was another relatively quiet week in the land of relievers, and with it comes a shorter post than you might be used to, one which leans more on quick hits than longer profiles. Before we get into that, however, just a reminder that the Closer Grid is available to keep up with any changes in real time. Now, let’s get into the news.

Cam Bedrosian is back in L.A.—is he going to close again, too?

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June 2, 2017 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitcher

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Only Kenley Jansen, Craig Kimbrel and Wade Davis are the elite—the best of the best. But David Robertson is pretty good, too, doggone it.

Welcome to Baseball Prospectus in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did before Opening Day, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

If you are wondering why a specific player isn’t listed, please note that in many cases players in the one-star tier and players who are not ranked are interchangeable.

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