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06-28

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Deep League Report: Week 13
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Scooter Hotz

06-27

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The Call-Up: Tyler Wade
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-21

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Deep League Report: Week 12
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06-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fighting The Last War
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06-14

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Deep League Report: Week 11
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06-07

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Deep League Report: Week 10
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05-31

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Updating the Tiers: Second Base
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05-24

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Deep League Report: Week 8
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05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check
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05-17

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Deep League Report: Week 7
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05-11

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Deep League Report: Week 6
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05-03

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Deep League Report: Week 5
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04-26

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

04-26

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Deep League Report: Week 4
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04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio—Minor Leaguers I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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04-19

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Deep League Report: Week 3
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04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio: Major League Players I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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04-13

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Deep League Report: Week Two
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04-05

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Deep League Report: Week 1
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03-30

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My Model Portfolio: The Defending Champion
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03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: My First Auction of 2017
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03-24

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Player Profile: Carlos Santana
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03-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My First Draft of 2017
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03-15

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
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03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers
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03-07

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Player Profile: Shawn Kelley
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02-27

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Player Profile: Kevin Gausman
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02-24

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Starting Pitchers
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02-16

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Outfielders
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02-09

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops
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02-07

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Player Profile: Xander Bogaerts
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02-02

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Scooter Hotz

01-26

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
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01-24

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Player Profile: Matt Carpenter
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01-19

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
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01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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01-10

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Player Profile: Buster Posey
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01-05

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: Wins
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12-23

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Drive: Runs/RBI
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12-16

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: WHIP
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12-08

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive
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Scooter Hotz

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: Boston's Bullpen Bet
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Matthew Kory, Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview
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10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLCS Game 5 Preview
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09-26

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Deep League Report: Week 26
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09-21

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Deep League Report: Week 25
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09-16

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
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09-12

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Deep League Report: Week 24
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09-09

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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09-06

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The Call-Up: Gavin Cecchini
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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

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June 28, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 13

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Tylers, get your guys named Tyler here!

A few weeks ago, we finished a month-long market-research project here at Deep League Report headquarters. We figured out that the people love Yankees named Tyler and Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers, so we covered the hell out of those two beats. Pretty confident that we’ll triple our readership numbers this week working those angles. Plus, a no-name Angels reliever, since this column just isn’t itself without a no-name Angels reliever. Can’t ignore the regular readers while trying to draw in new ones. The Deep League Report: something for everyone, as long as “everyone” means “people in AL-only and NL-only leagues deep enough that non-closing relievers and guys on the bad side of a platoon are valuable.”

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June 27, 2017 2:40 pm

The Call-Up: Tyler Wade

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

The last piece of the Yankees' Tyler Voltron has arrived.

The Situation: Starlin Castro tweaked a hamstring, so the Yankees have called on their swiss army prospect, Tyler Wade, to give them some additional flexibility in the infield.

The Background: The Yankees selected Wade in the fourth round of the 2013 draft as a SoCal prep shortstop, signing him for a little over $370,000. He got a somewhat aggressive assignment to Charleston in his first full pro season, considering he wasn’t a highly-touted prep pick, and both his raw athleticism and his general rawness showed up there. He progressed to Tampa in 2015 and prospect team member Jeff Moore saw a future big leaguer whosecontact skills, left-handed bat and ability to play two up-the-middle positions [gave] him a chance to play a nice role on a big-league roster.” I got eyes on him in 2016 in Trenton and saw much of the same, although I thought his athleticism was starting to show up more in the baseball skills now. He faded a bit down the stretch in Trenton, but overall put together a solid performance for a 21-year-old in Double-A. With the acquisition of Gleyber Torres at the trade deadline, the Yankees sent Wade to the AFL for the second straight season, this time to get some reps in the outfield. This year in Scranton he has played all three outfield positions in addition to shortstop, second, and third. He’s in the midst of a bit of a breakout season, adding a bit of pop to the profile and improving his efficiency on the bases.

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June 21, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 12

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Scooter Hotz

Look! Decent starting pitchers! Grab 'em!

I’m not really sure what’s going on in the Deep League Report this week. Decent starting pitchers don’t show up here very often, but this week there’s one in each league. There might be some East Coast bias in play, too, since three of the six NL-only players featured this week are Mets. But enough with the prologue—on with the show.

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June 16, 2017 8:29 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Fighting The Last War

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In a new season, don't be haunted by old ghosts. Try fresh tactics.

There’s an old saying that “generals always fight the last war.” The origin of the saying is unclear, but the idea behind it is not. During their current engagements, people tend to do the things that has worked well and avoid the things that didn’t work well during their previous engagement, rather than choose their course of action based on the current circumstances. And it’s not limited to war—a variation on the statement insists that “economists always fight the last depression.”

In my deep AL-only league keeper league, I’ve had the same issue the past few times I’ve had a contending team. I didn’t trade away my prospects and/or cheep keepers to the teams that dumped early because I didn’t like the prices I was paying. Each time, I felt like the contenders who made those deals overpaid and that I would overtake them when I made subsequent deals at better exchange rates. Each time, I was wrong.

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June 14, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 11

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Scooter Hotz

Hello, Bourjos! In the AL, Peter Bourjos returns to relevancy with the Rays—perhaps—and Alen Hanson gets an opportunity with the White Sox—maybe. On the NL side, Kirby Yates might be the "right" man for the job in the Padres bullpen, and Jose Pirela has a chance to play without much competition.

Week 11 is a good week at the Deep League Report. There are a lot more innings to go around on the pitching side and a lot more playing time available on the hitting side. Four of the six featured pitchers are starters and at least three of the hitters should get more playing time than someone on the bad side of a platoon. It’s a good week to be active in the free agent pool and on the waiver wire in deep AL-only and NL-only leagues. Get to work.

AL-only position players

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June 7, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 10

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Scooter Hotz

Eric Young is getting old, but he remains fast—so he's worth your time.

Last week, the Deep League Report was on hiatus due to the positional re-rankings that my Baseball Prospectus fantasy team colleagues and I completed. It makes its triumphant return this week, satisfying your cravings for platoon outfielders and non-closing relievers. I’m sure you missed it terribly. I missed you, too.

AL-only position players

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May 31, 2017 10:13 am

Updating the Tiers: Second Base

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Jose Altuve is as elite as they come—at any position.

Welcome to the 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. Here's how to define the stars:

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will provide first or second round draft value and will be worth $30 or more in auction formats. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will earn more than $20 in auction formats. 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 the types of players who provide back end roster value. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of what has happened year-to-date but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen the rest of 2017.

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 8

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Anthony Alford gets a chance with the Jays and Jared Hoying gets one with the Rangers.

The over-under for the number of starting pitchers featured in the Deep League Report each week is 0.5. This week, we have 3.5. Hope you pounded the over. On the offensive side, we have a couple of players on opposite sides of the same platoon trying to take playing time from each other, and a veteran infielder with a good-glove, no-bat reputation tearing the cover off the ball. This game, it’ll make you cry. Seriously. There’s a link to some sincere tears in the NL-only section. Let’s get going.

AL-only position players

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check

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Scooter Hotz

Aaron Judge is turning out better than expectations, while Robert Gsellman is not.

My weekly column, the Deep League Report, focuses on deep AL-only leagues and deep NL-only leagues. I play in a deep AL-only keeper league myself with my BP colleague Mike Gianella, and I play in a deep NL-only keeper league, too, where eight of the 12 owners also belong to the AL-only league. I use these leagues to help inform my weekly column, seeing which players are available on the waiver wire or in free agency, which players are being dropped or reserved, which players are being picked up and how much FAAB is being spent on each player. Today I’ll take a look at how each of my teams are doing in these leagues.

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May 17, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 7

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Another played named Daniel Robertson, taking a shot with some non-closers, and the Eddie Butler revival.

The hitting options in this week’s Deep League Report are thin, especially in the AL. The pitching is pretty interesting, though, particularly on the AL side, where there are several relievers with double-digit K/9 potential. Beyond that, there’s a recently traded outfielder who’s been getting a lot of playing time in his new home, a hitter on the wrong side of a platoon who hasn’t been good since 2015 and a starting pitcher filling in on a team that’s close to a lock for the playoffs. OK, no more spoilers. Just keep reading.

AL-only position players

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May 11, 2017 6:22 am

Deep League Report: Week 6

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Slim Pickens was a great character actor, but is not what you want in the world of fantasy free agency.

Some weeks, a few of the players profiled in the Deep League Report will be interesting in shallower leagues, too. This is not one of those weeks. It’s ugly out there in deep AL-only and NL-only leagues. Be careful.

AL-only position players

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May 3, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 5

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Scooter Hotz

Middle relievers with good rate stats, catchers who play, guys filling in during injuries. Some of them could help your team.

Unlike a week ago, there are no big names or hot prospects in this week’s Deep League Report, just the usual collection of players on the bad side of platoons, backups and non-closing relievers. Feels like home. Come on in, I’ll pour you a drink and turn on one of the West Coast games.

AL-only position players

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