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04-08

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The Asian Equation: What's at Stake?
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03-01

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The Asian Equation: A Guide to Asian Prospects in the World Baseball Classic
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02-06

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The Keeper Reaper: Corner Infielders for 2/6/2013
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01-30

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/30/13
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01-23

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/23/13
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01-16

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/16/13
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01-08

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/7/13
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01-03

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/3/12
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12-18

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/18/12
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12-13

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/13/12
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09-25

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH Review
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09-20

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/20/12
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09-11

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/11/12
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09-04

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/4/12
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08-28

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/28/12
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08-21

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/21/12
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08-14

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/14/12
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08-07

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/7/12
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07-31

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12
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07-24

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/24/12
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07-17

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/17/12
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07-10

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/10/12
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07-03

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/3/12
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06-26

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 6/26/12
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06-19

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 6/18/12
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06-12

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 6/12/12
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06-06

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 6/6/12
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05-29

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/29/12
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05-22

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/22/12
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05-15

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/15/12
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05-08

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/8/12
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05-01

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/1/12
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04-25

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/25/12
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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/16/12
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04-10

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/10/12
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04-03

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/3/12
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03-27

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/26/12
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03-20

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/20/12
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03-13

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/13/12
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03-06

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/6/12
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02-28

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 2/28/12
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02-21

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 2/21/12
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02-14

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 2/14/12
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01-31

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/31/12
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01-24

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/24/12
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01-13

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/13/12
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01-06

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/6/12
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12-30

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/30/12
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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/16/11
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12-09

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/09/11
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December 16, 2011 9:46 pm

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/16/11

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This week's column looks at the biggest free-agent corner-infield signing not named Albert Pujols, as well as possible rebounds from once highly regarded players

As the post-Pujols dominoes begin falling—with more to come after Prince Fielder finds a home—two corner infielders found a home last week, further shifting the balance of power in the NL Central. And as the speculation-driven hot-stove season kicks into gear, I’ll also look at some standouts from the mock drafts at mockdraftcentral.com.

Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers (ADP 71)
Shallow: NO
Medium
: YES
Deep
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NL-only
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Super Deep
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December 9, 2011 9:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/09/11

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Michael looks at a trio of third basemen, traditionally a thin fantasy position, as well as a young first baseman and an aging designated hitter.

Now that the Great Wall of Pujols has finally been breached at the Winter Meetings, the barbarian hordes of remaining free agents will surely begin to come pouring through, sending fantasy owners scrambling to make keeper decisions like so many frightened peasants. Until those signings happen, this issue of Keeper Reaper will catch up on some reader requests and look at one other significant transaction that’s already occurred in the corner infield and designated hitter markets.

As always, the names for each keeper category are linked to PFM’s 2011 dollar-value rankings for players in those leagues. And suggestions for other players you’d like to see covered are always welcome in the comments section.

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October 28, 2011 8:46 pm

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 10/28/11

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The enigmatic Adam Dunn leads the list of keeper questions in this week's column, along with hot rookie Freeman and the injured Ike Davis and Kevin Youkilis

Tough keeper decisions can come down to a number of concerns. Was the off-year due to aging, bad luck, or skill erosion? Can a player recover from injury? Will he continue to start or shift into a platoon? Is this young hitter for real? Sometimes, a more important question to ask is, “How will other owners assess his 2012 value?” Even when a player is expected to rebound, it might be wiser to cut him loose and rely on the short-sightedness of other owners to deflate his draft day price. Any gap between real and perceived value is worth exploiting, and I’ll look at all of those questions in this week’s column, headed by one of the biggest fantasy disappointments of 2011.

As always, please leave suggestions for other players you’d like to read about in the comments section.

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October 21, 2011 8:49 pm

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 10/21/11

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In this week's column, Michael looks at how injuries and inconsistencies have created some big keeper question marks

One of the toughest calls in keeper leagues come from players whose values have been diminished by injuries or shaky play. Does a strong September erase the memories of a weak season? Did that long cold streak come from injury or diminished skills? Will a delicate player finally put together a healthy year? As we know (and Collateral Damage analyzes) remaining healthy is a skill, while other skills neither evaporate entirely, nor do they suddenly improve. I’ll try to answer some of these question marks in response to reader requests; as always, feel free to offer suggestions of your own in the comments field.

Our latest Keeper Reaper twist provides links to BP’s PFM dollar valuation for 2011 player performance, courtesy of our own fantasy/programming guru, Rob McQuown. You’ll find those values linked to the names of each league depth next to the player’s name below, for easy reference.

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October 14, 2011 9:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 10/14/11

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This week's Keeper Reaper looks at a pair of young third basemen and two older hitters on the other side of the diamond, with a Tatman in between.

Reader requests are the best part about keeper columns, since they show me what the BP market is interested in hearing about and offer a nice cross-section of talent to look at. This week features all reader requests from last week, and you’re welcome to add more in the comments section below.

Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates
Shallow: NO
Medium: NO
Deep: NO
NL-only: YES
Super Deep: YES






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October 7, 2011 9:54 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 9/7/11

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Michael looks at possible keepers among the corner infielders on this year's playoff teams

So if a team makes the playoffs, all of its players are keeper studs, right? Wrong. Among the corner infielders, Brandon Inge and Wilson Betemit of the Tigers are barely fungible redraft fantasy options, let alone keepers, and Casey Kotchman’s Bizarro World 2011 season isn’t enough to make him a keeper, either. In between these definite non-keepers and no-brainers like Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, or Mark Teixeira, quite a few keeper enigmas took the field in the four 2011 Divisional Series.

As Rob McQuown did, I’m taking my dollar values from lastplayerpicked.com, and we’ll all be adding the extra “Super Deep” category (20 teams with 10 keepers) for BP readers in the deepest of leagues. Think of it as an even deeper Keeper Reaper.  If you missed it earlier this week, read the beginning of Rob's column for an introduction to what Keeper Reaper is all about.  Remember, here are how league depths are determined:

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September 30, 2011 11:22 pm

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH Review

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Michael looks back at the best and the worst of his 2011 Value Picks at corner infield and designated hitter.

As the Value Picks writers have done all week, I’m showing off my hits and misses from this season. Hits and misses, like value itself, are subjective terms. For example, it was a bad call to add Steven Pearce the same day he hit the disabled list or Nolan Reimold just days before Vladimir Guerrero returned from the DL, but as single-league picks on the list for a week, they didn’t hurt much. And preseason choice David Freese ended up with a .297 batting average, fourth among third basemen, but his value was diluted by two months lost to a broken hand.

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September 23, 2011 9:14 pm

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/23/11

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In the final week of the season, Michael looks at near-term and long-term return for his Value Picks.

As the season (and Value Picks) draws to a close, I’ll look at what my VPs are likely to deliver in the next week, as well as their future for keeper leagues. Every year, one of my league championships has gone down to the final day, so there’s every reason to keep your roster current with fresh blood, even in redraft leagues. If you’re out of the money, keep the leaders honest by playing spoiler, scrapping for one more steal, one more homer, one more point of batting average. Because after Wednesday, it’s six months before fantasy baseball comes around again. Make this last week count!
 


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September 20, 2011 10:41 pm

The Asian Equation: The Future of the NPB Import Market

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Michael ends his look at Japanese imports with some conclusions and a look at the future of the transpacific player market.

In the Asian Equation series, I’ve traced the history of the current posting system that imports players from NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball, the Japanese major leagues) and how the success of Ichiro Suzuki has affected it, from the position players who arrived in his wake to the pricey disappointments among starting pitchers and the marginally successful relievers. In this final column, I’ll take a look back to draw conclusions from this history and see what we can expect from the NPB market in the future. As with my previous columns, Patrick Newman’s advice and ideas were very helpful, as is his website, NPB Tracker.

The simplest, broadest conclusion concerns the players themselves, where we must draw an important distinction between talent and skills. As Craig Brown wrote in the comments section of his article on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, “. . . comparing two middle infielders just because they come from Japan is like comparing two middle infielders just because they come from Delaware.” Just because they’re from Japan doesn’t mean we can draw specific conclusions about individual ballplayers, their talents, or their ability to succeed in Major League Baseball. This goes double for Ichiro, whose skills are idiosyncratic on either side of the Pacific. Throwing money at Japanese players expecting them to be slap hitters with weird batting stances and an uncanny ability to find defensive holes is as foolish as thinking every Venezuelan shortstop will field (and endure) like Omar Vizquel. We can’t expect specific players to have certain inherent talents just because they were born in Japan.

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September 16, 2011 9:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/16/11

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One slugger arrives as another departs Michael's Value Picks list, where third basemen, late-season call-ups, and keeper options abound

Owners go two different directions in the final weeks of the season (actually, three, if you count those who are now obsessed with fantasy football, but they’re unlikely to be BP readers). One, they can throw in the towel and look to the future in keeper leagues; two, they can press on and try to finish in the money. You’ll find players for both directions in this week’s Value Picks list.

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September 9, 2011 9:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/9/11

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After a strong week from most of his Value Picks, Michael makes a few tweaks and offers plenty of post-September-callup analysis in Playing Pepper.

Nearly every VP performed well enough to remain this week, and there’s plenty of other waiver wire value to be found, although September callus—a while unlikely to be valuable in and of themselves—can affect those waiver-wire decisions. I’ll look at those angles, along with other potential VPs, in a heaping helping of Playing Pepper.
 


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September 2, 2011 11:47 pm

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/2/11

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As the calendar turns to September, Michael digs deep for corner infield options that will help your fantasy team in the stretch run.

Except for unexpected call-ups, September usually holds few fantasy surprises on the waiver wire, but there are still a few undiscovered gems available out there, including one of the top prospects in the game. Whether you’re in contention or not, remember what your mamma always told you: quitters never win, and winners never quit (assuming your mamma was Vince Lombardi).
 


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