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01-20

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2017 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-19

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: First Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-18

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-17

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Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez
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Wilson Karaman

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-06

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: OBP
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Wilson Karaman

12-22

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2017 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

12-15

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: WHIP
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Wilson Karaman

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: For Sale: Red Sox Prospects
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Ben Carsley, Adam McInturff, Jarrett Seidler, George Bissell and Wilson Karaman

11-30

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Career-Years and Old Upside
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Jeff Quinton, Wilson Karaman and Bret Sayre

11-22

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The ERA Over/Underperformers
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Minor League Update: Games of November 14th
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: The Over/Under Achievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-08

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Minor League Update: Games of November 7th
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Wilson Karaman

11-04

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Cheese in the Kitchen
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Wilson Karaman

11-01

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Minor League Update: Games of October 31st
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Wilson Karaman

10-25

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Minor League Update: Games of October 24th
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Wilson Karaman

10-24

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Prospect Profile: Yusniel Diaz
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Wilson Karaman

10-18

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Minor League Update: Games of October 17th
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Wilson Karaman

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: An Avoid Retrospective
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Wilson Karaman

10-12

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Peoria Javelinas
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Steve Givarz, Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

10-11

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Surprise Saguaros
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Steve Givarz, Kate Morrison, Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

10-11

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Salt River Rafters
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Brendan Gawlowski, Steve Givarz, Mark Anderson and Wilson Karaman

10-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Target Retrospective
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Wilson Karaman

10-10

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Glendale Desert Dogs
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Wilson Karaman, Steve Givarz and Mauricio Rubio

10-10

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Scottsdale Scorpions
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Jarrett Seidler, Wilson Karaman and Steve Givarz

10-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 106: Wilson Karaman
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George Bissell and Wilson Karaman

10-05

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Notes from the Field: Cal League Wrap: The Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Short-Season Hitters to Watch
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Wilson Karaman

09-27

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Notes from the Field: Cal League Wrap: The Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: What I Learned This Year
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Wilson Karaman

09-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 13th
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Wilson Karaman

09-07

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 6th
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Wilson Karaman

09-06

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The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

09-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Low-Minors Prospects I Like
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Wilson Karaman

08-31

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 30th
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Wilson Karaman

08-29

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Transaction Analysis: Heart, Soul, and Marginal Upgrades
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

08-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders
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Wilson Karaman

08-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 23rd
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Wilson Karaman

08-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution
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Wilson Karaman

08-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 16th
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Wilson Karaman

08-17

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The Call-Up: Dansby Swanson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-12

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Notes from the Field: Cape Cod League
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Wilson Karaman

08-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 10th
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Wilson Karaman

08-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 4th
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Wilson Karaman

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns on the 2016 Draft Class
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Wilson Karaman

08-03

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 2nd
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Wilson Karaman

08-02

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The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

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My, look at the price. This could be nice. You’ve covered all your bases.

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A deeper dive into the fantasy future at this position.

Predicting future first basemen of relevance can be a tricky endeavor, as the position tends to be a landing strip for failed defensive efforts elsewhere, and true-to-form first basemen face exceedingly high natural barriers to success. After we muddle through the veteran re-treads theoretically capable of making mixed-league runs and generating some modicum of 2017 value, we’ll moved on to some longer (and longer still) term discussion. There’s enough power among the veteran prospects who fell short of Bret’s Top 50 list to warrant some turned heads, with a couple of A-ball guys sitting under Shaw who I like for watch lists in even medium-depth leagues this year. Unfortunately, last year’s draft class was especially brutal for first-base talent, with all of two guys drafted as cold cornermen garnering so much as a $200,000 bonus. But then there are some intriguing names on down the 2017-and-beyond line, and organizational purview will of course add depth to this list as the season wears on and hope for more polished leather wears out.

Here is my look from last week at catchers, which includes an introduction to the series. And now, on to the depths of the first-base position for 2017.

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January 17, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez

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Wilson Karaman

A midyear mechanical change produced outstanding results for the Red Sox first-sacker in 2016, but can you expect more of the same to come?

Player Background

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January 12, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor

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Wilson Karaman

Scraping the bottom of the sea for future value behind the plate.

As I noted in kicking off this series last year, it can get lonely down here in the depths. So thanks for braving the elements and joining me way down deep, below where even the 50th-most-appealing dynasty league catching option creeps.

This morning Bret Sayre ranked for you those Top 50 Dynasty Catchers, which is a tremendous accomplishment for a position that saw a whopping six guys earn in the double-digits last year.

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January 6, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: OBP

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Examining a handful of players who could get on sack enough to help deep-league owners this season.

Earlier this week, George Bissell broke down the general OBP landscape, and then yesterday Greg Wellemeyer walked you through some over- and under-achievers in the category. Today we’ll travel a little further down into the weeds, with a look at some down-ticket guys who saw significant value fluctuations between their standard and OBP-league production last year.

Robbie Grossman, OF, Minnesota Twins
Grossman seized on an opportunity for some extended playing time in Minnesota, and brought his carrying tool of strike-zone management to bear. The switch-hitter has always run a short-side split, hitting better against left-handed pitching, but that discrepency snowballed last year. His ISO is traditionally (and recently) much stronger against southpaws, but he also manages to get on base at a strong clip against righties, even while he struggles to drive the ball with nearly the same authority. His 16.5 percent walk rate against righties last year created opportunity for OBP leaguers in particular. He gained $3.60 in OBP leagues relative to standards, in a wee 332 part-time plate appearances. Eddie Rosario represents his biggest roadblock to increasing his at-bat allotment this year, and Rosario hasn't exactly set the world on fire though 800-plus big-league plate appearances to date, with a sub-.300 OBP and below-average .250 TAV (and negative defensive ratings in left last year, to boot). He’ll make for a solid OF4 target in most OBP leagues, especially in the kind of daily setting that better rewards part-time players.


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But I reached into my pocket found three twenties and a ten, it feels so good feelin’ good again.

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December 15, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: WHIP

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Wilson Karaman

Some whipped it good. Some whipped it not so good.

Today, George Bissell broke down the WHIP landscape, and we’ll concurrently take a look at some of the starters who over- and under-performed in the category.

Over-Achievers

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Dave Dombrowski swings for the fences, landing White Sox ace Chris Sale for a substantial prospect package headlined by Yoan Moncada.

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November 30, 2016 12:10 pm

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers

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Wilson Karaman

Speed kills, and it's hard to project, too.

Yesterday George Bissell laid out the speed landscape, which last year continued to appear significantly less densely populated than it had in years (and especially decades) past. Go forth and acquire speed, young bloods, for it is an asset in demand. Let’s take a look at some of the players who over- and under-performed relative to pre-season expectations in 2016, before diving a little deeper into the category later this week.

Overachievers

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Hold the turkey! Arizona and Seattle made a big pre-Thanksgiving swap.

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November 22, 2016 8:06 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The ERA Over/Underperformers

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Who surprised last year and what does that mean for 2017?

Yesterday, George Bissell gave a rousing introduction to our bloated American landscape of low innings totals, high earned run averages, and higher ace valuations in turn. With managers increasingly inclined to limit third-time looks, workhorse starters are becoming as rare as split-ticket voters, and an old-world strategic play of bulking up rotation back-ends with average innings-eaters may just be gone forever by the wayside. Before we get too lost in nostalgia, let’s take a look at a few guys who either over- or under-performed in the category of ERA.

Over-Performers

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