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08-26

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Daily League Strategy: Petco, it's Where Daily Leaguers Go
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Paul Sporer

08-22

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Daily League Strategy: "Prado of the Yankees"
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Paul Sporer

08-19

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Daily League Strategy: The Melky Way
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Paul Sporer

08-15

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Daily League Strategy: Rollin' on Ross
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Paul Sporer

08-12

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Daily League Strategy: Up Latos
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08-08

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Daily League Strategy: Riding Out Slumps
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Paul Sporer

08-05

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Daily League Strategy: Everyone's Favorite Candy!
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Paul Sporer

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price Trade
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R.J. Anderson, J.P. Breen, Sam Miller, Jordan Gorosh, Paul Sporer, Craig Goldstein and Jeff Quinton

08-01

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Daily League Strategy: Splurging on Bats
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07-29

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Daily League Strategy: Stacking Lefties
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Paul Sporer

07-25

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Daily League Strategy: (Alex) Wood is Good
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Paul Sporer

07-22

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Daily League Strategy: Two Servings of Flande
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Paul Sporer

07-08

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Daily League Strategy: Cutting to the Chase
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Paul Sporer

07-02

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Daily League Strategy: A Bargain First Baseman
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Paul Sporer

07-01

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Daily League Strategy: Leake and Locke
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Paul Sporer

06-27

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Daily League Strategy: All of the Brandons
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Paul Sporer

06-24

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Daily League Strategy: Going Cheap on the Mound
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Paul Sporer

06-20

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Daily League Strategy: Latent Latos
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Paul Sporer

06-18

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Daily League Strategy: Fave Three and Five
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Paul Sporer

06-13

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Daily League Strategy: Picking on Ubaldo
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Paul Sporer

06-10

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Daily League Strategy: Big Mike
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Paul Sporer

06-10

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The Call-Up: Gregory Polanco
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Ethan Purser and Paul Sporer

06-06

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Daily League Strategy: Just Joshin'
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Paul Sporer

06-03

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Daily League Strategy: Going Big at First Base
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Paul Sporer

05-30

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Daily League Strategy: Kluber Club
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Paul Sporer

05-27

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Daily League Strategy: Get Your Phil
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Paul Sporer

05-23

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Daily League Strategy: Affording a Super-Ace
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Paul Sporer

05-20

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Daily League Strategy: Two Stud Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

05-14

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Daily League Strategy: Paul's Picks for Wednesday
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Paul Sporer

05-09

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Daily League Strategy: Weekend Lineup Advice
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Paul Sporer

05-06

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Daily League Strategy: Rolling Rox
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Paul Sporer

05-02

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Daily League Strategy: May 2-4
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Paul Sporer

04-22

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Daily League Strategy: Riding Tigers
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Paul Sporer

04-18

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 20: Sonny Gray v. Erasmo Ramirez
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

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

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If a player you like turns in an 0-fer the first day you use him, don't be afraid to use him again.

I mentioned earlier this week about how sticking with a star player or two for several days can be advantageous even if they don’t deliver on the first day. You’ll see that trend pop up in our Friday lineup as a handful of the guys were also in the Tuesday rundown.

Lineup of the Day
DraftStreet offers one of the best lineup constructions in the industry allowing for three pitchers, two starters and a starter/reliever. Additionally, they don’t overvalue the win as it is worth just two points. The rest of the scoring and roster setup can be viewed here if you aren’t already familiar with it.


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An early cold spell has dropped the price tags on Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper—which makes them good investments today.

A full slate of games on Tuesday night offers plenty of opportunities to find a winning lineup. There are big arms to invest in and back-end arms to pick on, not to mention a handful of enticing prices on superstar assets.

Lineup of the Day
DraftStreet offers one of the best lineup constructions in the industry allowing for three pitchers, two starters and a starter/reliever. Additionally, they don’t overvalue the win as it is worth just two points. The rest of the scoring and roster setup can be viewed here if you aren’t already familiar with it.


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Paul helps you deal with the challenge of a contest that includes both day games and night games.

It feels sooo good to have baseball back, doesn’t it? Hopefully you’re enjoying some early success, whether on the heels of a two-homer game like we’ve seen from Brad Miller, Freddie Freeman, and Alejandro De Aza or maybe you’ve been leaning on hot pitching performances like the double gems we saw from Michael Wacha and Tony Cingrani on Wednesday or perhaps you’ve been bargain shopping and cashed in on Nathan Eovaldi and Erasmo Ramirez in their sharp 2014 debuts.

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Paul shares his DraftStreet squad for the season's first day.

It’s finally here! Opening Day is upon us, and it is glorious. Yeah, I know the Dodgers have three divisional games under their belts already, but I’m simply not counting those as Opening Day. I recognize that they are in fact real games, and I even enjoyed watching Andrew Cashner deal last night, but today is the Opening Day.

Twice a week here at BP, I’ll be writing about Daily Gaming. I’ve already got a couple of such pieces up that will help you understand some of the basics of the daily game, including bankroll management. These weekly in-season pieces will focus on lineups for the day they come out. Additionally, they may include some strategy discussion independent of the given day as well as some potentially juicy matchups coming up later in the week.

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

Daily League Strategy: Managing Your Bankroll

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Paul offers some tips on how to manage your funds over the course of the season so that you stay within your playing budget.

Earlier this week, I covered some of the basics of daily gaming—four of the first things I would tell anyone playing their first daily match. Let’s dive a little deeper and discuss bankroll management today. This is obviously a very important aspect of daily gaming, too; perhaps even more than stats you should look at when picking a roster. Heck, you’d be better off throwing darts for your player picks or sticking with only your favorite players than mismanaging your bankroll. Your bankroll should dictate the kinds of contests you’re entering on a nightly basis (or however frequently you decide to play).

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March 26, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: A Loaded Outfield

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Paul bets on rebounds from Jason Heyward and Yoenis Cespedes, and spends no more than $14 on each of his pitchers.

On Friday, Mike Gianella released his latest mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 25, 2014 6:00 am

Daily League Strategy: Introduction

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As we roll out our partnership with DraftStreet, Paul helps you get started with a few tips.

The daily gaming boom really started to take hold last year across all sports, and the lengthy baseball season is a perfect match for the format. It is sure to be even more popular in 2014, with a bounty of gameplay options available with something sure to fit your tastes. Perhaps you’re new to the game and looking to play with regularity in 2014. In that case, you’ve got some learning to do, but you’ve got some time to do it. Today, I want to cover some basics of the gaming when it comes to picking the most effective lineups. After all, that is the object of the game.

For the completely uninitiated, daily gaming is a format in which you pick a lineup and either square off against a single opponent or a group ranging in size from small to large. Prize pools vary based on the format being played, and you can very often find freeroll options, too. Your lineup consists of that night’s players only; you tally up the points based on the events that transpire across the night’s slate, and a winner is decided.

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The guys deep-dive their top 25 SP prospect lists and discuss the differences, similarities, and guys that they love the most this year and beyond.

The guys delve into their top 25 pitching prospect lists, discuss some killer new technology headed to baseball, and read user emails! (Send your questions to pitchingpod@gmail.com)

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March 13, 2014 6:00 am

Sporer Report: My Tout Wars Team, Part One

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Paul had the 14th pick in this year's mixed-league Tout Wars auction; read about his strategy and see how he did in the first seven rounds.

Last year was my first experience in one of the big industry leagues, as I participated with Jason Collette in the LABR mixed-league draft—a league I’m in again this year with him. This year, I have the distinct honor of pulling a two-fer in the big industry leagues, adding a Tout Wars invitation to the docket, as well. Like LABR, it’s a 15-team mixed-league draft. And just as in LABR, I was given the 14th pick in the draft. How crazy is that? I’m sure someone here at BP, probably Russell Carleton, can calculate the odds of me getting a pair of 14th picks in two different drafts! One major difference here was that OBP would be used in place of AVG, which definitely changes the dynamic for a handful of players.

The rather brisk draft took place on Tuesday night with the following draft order of industry titans (and me):

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March 7, 2014 9:26 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting the Top 15

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The fantasy crew tries to peg the top 15 picks and predict breakouts from later picks.

We know from Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster that since 2004, there is a 36 percent success rate in the ADP projecting the top 15. The most in any one year is seven of 15; the least is four. With that in mind, I challenged the fantasy team to try to guess the top 15. In addition to their stab at the top 15, I had them give their answers on the following:

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March 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers

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Breaking down the position, from the top-shelf closers to the setup men who might be on the cusp.

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The guys are back to discuss their recently released 2014 Starting Pitcher Guide. They answer some emails, look back at some best/worst calls from the 2013 guide, deep-dive this year's guide, and get into how they feel about Pittsburgh's future aces, Gerrit Cole & Jameson Taillon.

The guys are back to discuss their recently released 2014 Starting Pitcher Guide. They answer some emails, look back at some best/worst calls from the 2013 guide, deep-dive this year's guide, and get into how they feel about Pittsburgh's future aces, Gerrit Cole & Jameson Taillon.

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