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04-18

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Daily League Strategy: Bargain-Bin Starters
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Paul Sporer

04-15

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Daily League Strategy: Struggling Stars
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Paul Sporer

04-11

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Daily League Strategy: Sticking With Your Guys
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Paul Sporer

04-08

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Daily League Strategy: Underpriced Studs
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Paul Sporer

04-04

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Daily League Strategy: Navigating a 15-Game Slate
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Paul Sporer

03-31

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Daily League Strategy: Opening Day Lineup
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Paul Sporer

03-28

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Daily League Strategy: Managing Your Bankroll
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Paul Sporer

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: A Loaded Outfield
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Paul Sporer

03-25

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Daily League Strategy: Introduction
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Paul Sporer

03-13

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 19: Prospects, Prospects, Prospects!!!
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

03-13

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Sporer Report: My Tout Wars Team, Part One
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Paul Sporer

03-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting the Top 15
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Paul Sporer and BP Fantasy Staff

03-04

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-28

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 18: Starting Pitching Guide
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

02-27

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
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Paul Sporer

02-25

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-18

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State of the Position: Outfielders
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Paul Sporer

02-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins
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Paul Sporer

02-10

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Fantasy Experts Mock Draft
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Paul Sporer

02-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Paul Sporer

02-04

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops
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Paul Sporer

01-27

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State of the Position: Second Basemen
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Paul Sporer

01-22

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Basemen
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Paul Sporer

01-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Paul Sporer

01-16

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 17: Offseason Chatter
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

01-16

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
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Paul Sporer

01-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: A First-Round Starting Pitcher? Maybe
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Paul Sporer

01-03

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Sporer Report: Garbage Picking
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Paul Sporer

12-27

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Sporer Report: Top 20 Risers
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Paul Sporer

12-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Top 2014 Pitching Risers
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Paul Sporer

12-11

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Fantasy Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles
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Paul Sporer

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Granderson Takes the 4 to the 7 to $60 Million
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R.J. Anderson and Paul Sporer

12-03

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Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers
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Paul Sporer

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski's Puzzling Deal
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Ben Lindbergh, Josh Herzenberg and Paul Sporer

11-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking for 2014 Surprises
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Paul Sporer

11-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Haren Makeup
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R.J. Anderson and Paul Sporer

11-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: AFL First Pitch Forums Draft, Part Two
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Paul Sporer

11-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: AFL First Pitch Forums Draft
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Paul Sporer

11-14

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Podcast Transcription
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Paul Sporer and Jason Collette

11-13

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Fantasy Team Preview: Texas Rangers
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

11-07

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Sporer Report: Is Big Erv Overvalued?
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Paul Sporer

11-01

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Sporer Report: Three Ways to Traverse the Baseball Offseason
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Paul Sporer

10-28

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 59 is Live!
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

10-25

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Sporer Report: Six Super Subs
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Paul Sporer

10-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The 2014 First Round: A Look Ahead, Part Three
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Paul Sporer

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Preview: Red Sox at Tigers
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Paul Sporer

10-12

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 16: Zack Greinke at Joe Kelly
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Paul Sporer

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January 17, 2014 6:28 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Paul Sporer

The Snakes feature a new closer and a power-hitting first baseman with a case to be the no. 3 pick in drafts this spring.

The Diamondbacks’ moves the last two years have been a bit peculiar and yet seemingly despite their best efforts, they still have a rather formidable team. They have established star talent, quality veteran talent, and emerging young talent. It’s far from a flawless team, but it has the makings of a contender. Additionally—and more importantly—it is ripe with fantasy goodness.

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The guys return from a winter hiatus to talk Hall of Fame pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka, and the upcoming Starting Pitcher Guide that they are currently hard at work on.

The guys return from a winter hiatus to talk Hall of Fame pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka, and the upcoming Starting Pitcher Guide that they are currently hard at work on.

We are looking emails for future episodes, so please feel free to send your questions to pitchingpod@gmail.com! The schedule will be a little sporadic until the guide is released, but they are looking at 7-10 day intervals at the most.

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January 16, 2014 6:10 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers

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A look at how catchers stack up for fantasy purposes between now and 2016.

Everyone in fantasy sports loves to look ahead. Even in the throes of a pennant race, you can fire up a conversation about next year’s first round and it will go on for an hour. With that in mind, the BP fantasy team will be taking a long-view look at every position this offseason with three-year rankings (composite value over the next three seasons). Since it is Catcher Week, the backstops will kick things off. Catchers are particularly difficult to project over a three-year period because you have guys that shift off of the position entirely while the learning curve for young guys is so sharp given all of their defensive duties.

With Joe Mauer done at the position after this year, he’s not going to rank on the list, as even a first-place finish this year wouldn’t be enough. Meanwhile there is some projection to be done with guys who could move off the position so you will see some of those guys much lower than you might anticipate since I have them delivering zero value at the position in year three.

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January 9, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A First-Round Starting Pitcher? Maybe

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Paul Sporer

Most fantasy players prefer to invest their top pick in a star hitter, but this spring, one hurler might tempt those picking outside the top five.

I have always been vehemently against taking starting pitchers in the first round of a fantasy draft. The injury risk associated with pitchers is part of it, but honestly it has always been more because I trust myself to find better pitching later—so in a sense, arrogance. It’s just easier to pluck capable arms later than it is to find the out-of-nowhere bats like Josh Donaldson or Jean Segura. As we creep through the dead of winter and start to trickle into mock draft season, I’m warming to the idea of a first-round starting pitcher, or, more specifically, Clayton Kershaw. There are a handful of quality fantasy aces out there, but Kershaw is clearly a cut above the rest.

The top of the draft is relatively well established. Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are the unquestioned top pair at this point, with a split camp on which of the two should go first. You can’t really go wrong with either, so having a top-two pick is a prime position this year. The next pair seems to be taking a foothold on the three and four spots in either order, too. Paul Goldschmidt is the easy three for me, but there is a real debate between him and Andrew McCutchen that I would at least listen to before selecting Goldy. Others may have it reversed, but I haven’t been in a mock draft this offseason that didn’t see these four go at the top of the draft.

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January 3, 2014 6:00 am

Sporer Report: Garbage Picking

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Paul Sporer

Everyone ihas their sights set on last year's breakout stars, but these players who hurt your team in 2013 might help it in 2014.

In any draft or auction it is always hard to resist the temptation to take the big breakouts from the year that just passed. After all, they are on the upswing… supposedly. Their breakout may have led you to a title or you may have just missed getting them and had to suffer through them cleaning up for an opponent, but you’re determined to not miss out again this year. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with taking the recent breakout—well unless it was built on a mirage of poor supporting skills—but there can also be value in the garbage bin.

On the opposite end of the shiny breakouts is the thrown-out trash: the previous year’s failures that sunk a team to the bottom of the standings and left them spending their entire free agent budget by May 1. Those toxic assets are far down on the list for those they burned and they aren’t exactly hot targets for the rest of the league, either. Alas, every year we see guys rise from the ashes like a phoenix to be the late-round steal that pairs with an aforementioned breakout to carry a team to the title.

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December 27, 2013 6:00 am

Sporer Report: Top 20 Risers

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A look at the mid-tier pitchers who could work their way into the elite ranks this season.

Last week I looked at a handful of guys in the 100-250 range of starting pitchers in 2013 who could jump into the top 90 for 2014. Once again using the ESPN Player Rater, today I’m looking at guys in the 30-90 range who can take that star leap into the top 20. There are some caveats with the selections, mostly just the fact that I refuse to pick a previous star who fell off a bit in 2013 so I’m not littering the list with David Price (32), Cole Hamels (35), and Justin Verlander (41), but rather guys who are on the rise and could make their first appearance in that upper crust.

I also eliminated the 21-29 guys from consideration because that just wouldn’t be much of a jump to make into the top 20. Even the early 30s isn’t a huge surge, but there is only one guy from that section of the pool. Speaking of the early 30s, I almost selected Alex Cobb (35), but he only missed the top 20 because of his time missed due to the comebacker he took to the head. The fact that he still finished 35th with 143 1/3 innings is quite impressive. He took his star turn, now he just has to do it for a full season.

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A look at several pitchers who could rise in the rankings and provide late-round values in your drafts next spring.

There is a subset of the fantasy baseball community that is entirely reticent about drafting a starting pitcher early. Early is obviously a subjective measure, but I fall into the camp that all but refuses to take one in the first two rounds. It isn’t just the extra injury risk that is associated with pitchers—though that is definitely a large component—but it is also the fact that quality pitching is more widely available both later in the draft and as the season goes along.

You will have the Matt Carpenter and Josh Donaldson type breakouts in a given year on the hitting side (and mind you, those weren’t the only two), but those are rare and even rarer is the guy who comes along in the middle of the season to put up beastly offensive numbers. The AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers, didn’t come up until June 18th and he raked, but he was drafted onto a roster in just about every league back in March anyway, so it’s not like you could have picked him up.

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December 11, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles

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Paul Sporer

The best fantasy assets on Buck Showalter's roster are the power bats and potentially undervalued young pitchers.

An 85-win follow-up to their 93-win playoff surprise was quite respectable for the Orioles, especially as many pundits had them falling off entirely. They stayed aggressive with small, but useful in-season, moves though the Red Sox and Rays proved too difficult. They have already made some similar moves this offseason to shore up their weak spots, and they still have the flexibility to make some larger-impact moves this winter to ensure another quality effort in 2014.

As is they remain a bountiful fantasy team, particularly on offense with star power and strong names at scarce positions. The pitching should deliver some solid value in the rotation while everyone waits to see who ends up replacing Jim Johnson as the team’s closer.

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The Mets sign Curtis Granderson away from the Yankees

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December 3, 2013 7:26 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers

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Miguel Cabrera and a stellar group of starters lead the way, but are their other fantasy assets on Brad Ausmus' squad?

It’s hard to label the 2013 season a disappointment for a team that sat just two wins away from the World Series, but when you enter the season as an odds-on favorite to at least make it, if not win it, then anything short of that has at least a tinge of disappointment. The star power helped carry the Tigers to another AL Central Division title and they were once again a big part of awards season, netting another MVP and Cy Young.

It wasn’t a team without flaws, though. A severe lack of flexibility with their offensive pieces was on display throughout the final month and into the playoffs, as Miguel Cabrera seemed to be playing at around 70 percent health, but had to continue manning third base since they were locked in with a full-time DH who was among their best hitters throughout the summer. Any amount of shifting to get Cabrera in at DH or even first base would’ve led to multiple players being out of position.

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The Tigers trade Doug Fister to Washington, and the internet wonders why.



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November 27, 2013 8:25 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Looking for 2014 Surprises

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Paul Sporer

An early search for the players who could take the fantasy world by storm next year, the way Matt Carpenter and Jean Segura did in 2013.

Every new season offers another batch of surprises on both ends of the spectrum. Some players will drastically underperform their draft-day cost or auction value while several others will exceed a previous baseline and help you patch over the aforementioned mistakes. Obviously finding the latter is more fun, but of course all of your leaguemates are out on the prowl for these guys so even when you think you have a bead on someone, he might be the apple of everyone else’s eye, too. Matt Carpenter seemed to be that guy for me last year.

I will pat myself on the back for having checked, starred, and highlighted him on my list, but I was never the only one, so I will take back the back-patting kudos because I continually balked at what I thought was too high a price. I was going dollar-for-dollar with the eventual winner in my NL-only league, but eventually shrugged and let him go for a $15 dollar price tag that I believed to be just a little too high. I honestly hoped to get him somewhere around $11 in our 11-team OBP league, but I didn’t mind going a few bucks higher to secure a favorite target. Turns out we were both several dollars off on the eventual fantasy star.

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