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06-06

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week 10
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Paul Singman

05-30

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Nine
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Paul Singman

05-23

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Eight
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Paul Singman

05-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Loosening the Trade Lines
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Paul Singman

05-14

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Seven
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Paul Singman

05-09

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Six
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Paul Singman

05-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Lineup Movers
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Paul Singman

04-30

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Five
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Paul Singman

04-23

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Four
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Paul Singman

04-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early Lineup Movers
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Paul Singman

04-16

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Three
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Paul Singman

04-12

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Roto Restart: Re-ranking the Middle Infielders
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Paul Singman

04-09

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Two
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Paul Singman

04-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions for 2013
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Paul Singman

03-30

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Fantasy Beat: My Razzball Expert League Team
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Paul Singman

03-29

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 38
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Jason Collette, Paul Sporer, Paul Singman and Mike Gianella

03-28

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Paul Singman

03-22

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops
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Paul Singman

03-13

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 40 Fantasy Relievers
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Paul Singman

03-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert-League Auction Values Breakdown
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Jason Collette and Paul Singman

03-01

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part Two: 26-50
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Mike Gianella, Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

02-27

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part One: 1-25
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Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

02-20

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Shortstops
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Paul Singman

02-14

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy First Basemen
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Paul Singman

02-05

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Fantasy Fallout
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Paul Singman

02-01

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for Feb. 1, 2013
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Paul Singman

01-25

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/25/13
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Paul Singman

01-18

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/18/13
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Paul Singman

01-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/11/13
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Paul Singman

01-04

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/4/13
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Paul Singman

12-28

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/28/12
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Paul Singman

12-21

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/21/12
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Paul Singman

12-14

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/14/12
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Paul Singman

09-28

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Value Picks: Outfielders Review
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Paul Singman

09-21

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 9/21/12
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Paul Singman

09-14

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 9/14/12
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Paul Singman

09-07

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 9/7/12
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Paul Singman

08-31

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 8/31/12
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Paul Singman

08-24

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 8/24/12
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Paul Singman

08-17

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 8/17/12
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Paul Singman

08-10

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 8/10/12
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Paul Singman

08-03

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 8/3/12
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Paul Singman

07-27

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Value Picks: Outfield for 7/27/12
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Paul Singman

07-20

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 7/20/12
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Paul Singman

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April 9, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Two

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Paul Singman

Two Red Sox position players could have sneaky value, and the door may not be closed on Jose Valverde just yet.

Each week, two members of the BP fantasy team will provide a rundown of potentially valuable players that are available as free agents in most fantasy formats across the major platforms. We will run one column on the National League and one on the American League each week, with Josh Shepardson tackling the senior circuit on Mondays and Paul Singman focusing on the junior circuit on Tuesdays.

Kelvin Herrera, RP, Kansas City Royals
Ownership: ESPN: 3.1% Yahoo!: 42% CBS: 31%
2013 Stats: 3.1 IP, 0 W, 0 SV, 7 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP



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April 2, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions for 2013

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Paul takes a leap of faith on 10 players who could deliver unexpectedly impressive fantasy totals.

Making bold predictions for an upcoming season isn’t a novel idea. In fact, if you look across the interwebs, you’ll find plenty of other people’s lists of daring prognostications. The only difference here is that mine will actually come true. Levity aside, I’ll be sure to revisit this list at the end of the season. My hope is that by that time, around two or three of these will have been fulfilled.

Here are 10 wild and crazy things I believe will take place over the course of the 2013 season:

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Paul recaps his draft.

This season I’m participating in three notable industry leagues. For the fifth time, I’ll be in the Yahoo Friends & Family League (previous finishes: fourth, fourth, 12th, and sixth) and for the second year I’ll be competing in the Tout Wars Mixed League (previous finish: T-fifth). This year I’ve added to that slate the Razzball Expert League, in its second year of existence.

It’s a relatively tame 12-team mixer with one catcher, five outfield slots, one CI, one MI, one UTIL, and nine pitchers. As a slight twist, there’s a 180 games started limit, but that has relatively little effect given I wouldn’t plan to roster more than six starters anyway. With just three bench slots and one DL, there isn’t much leeway to mess around waiting for the Mark Teixeiras and Brandon Beachys to return.

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Paul Sporer couldn't go to ToutWars, but he sits down to chat with Jason, Mike, and Paul Singman about their teams, strategies, and drinks of choice at Foley's.

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March 28, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers

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Paul Singman

Craig Kimbrel stands alone at the top, with Jonathan Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman nipping at his heels.

Today we wrap up our positional tier rankings. Last offseason, Derek Carty tackled the tiers by himself; this spring, we've decided to attack them as a team. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by the number of stars.

Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be earl- round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. As was the case with our positional rankings series, the positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of the projected PECOTA values.

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March 22, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops

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Paul Singman

This position has an obvious one-two punch at the top, but there are plenty of counting-stat bargains available late in drafts.

Today we continue our positional tier rankings. Last offseason, Derek Carty tackled the tiers by himself; this spring, we've decided to attack them as a team. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by the number of stars.

Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be earl- round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. As was the case with our positional rankings series, the positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of the projected PECOTA values.

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March 13, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 40 Fantasy Relievers

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Craig Kimbrel leads off a list that includes all 30 projected closers and 10 setup men who could threaten their teams' incumbents.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and this edition concludes the process. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders, starting pitchers, and relief pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Here are the previous rankings lists:

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Jason and Paul examine the data from the CBS and LABR auctions for AL- and NL-only formats.

While we have spent a bit of time these past few weeks discussing drafts, we are now moving into the auction season. Within the past few days, both CBS and LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality) conducted their AL- and NL-only auctions, each of which brings something unique to the table for those preparing for auctions.

The CBS auction is the first expert auction of the spring, so those players do not have any other dollar values to lean on for their preparation other than what their own projections or the projections from the website they work with show. LABR had that honor for many years, but it is still the longest-standing expert league, having celebrated its 20th anniversary over the weekend. Many of the LABR players also participate in Tout Wars later this month, which allows us to see how those experts react to a variety of possible events. If injuries strike key players between the two dates, we see where the market shifts on them and their expected replacements. It also allows us to see if those owners adjust their projections on players after seeing how the market viewed the early bids. Lastly, as someone who has tracked both auctions the past few seasons, I have found that the final dollar values in Tout Wars closely align with those from the other two auctions.

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The second half of our outfield rankings takes you from Carl Crawford through Chris Davis.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with the second half of our outfielders list, featuring the players ranked 26-50. We released our top 25 outfielders on Wednesday, and you can view that article here.

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Ryan Braun and Mike Trout top a list that is teeming with high-upside talent.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player's specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 25 outfielders. Comments on the outfielders ranked 26-50 will follow on Friday.

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February 20, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Shortstops

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Paul Singman

The elite players at this position are tantalizing, but each of them carries significant risk.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out its positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 shortstops.

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February 14, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy First Basemen

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Albert Pujols rests atop the first-base list, in which Paul forecasts rebounds for Adrian Gonzalez and Eric Hosmer.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out our positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 first basemen.

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