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03-04

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The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

02-26

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Player Profile: Jesse Hahn
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Wilson Karaman

02-24

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Player Profile: Hisashi Iwakuma
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Wilson Karaman

02-20

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The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers
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02-17

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Prospectus Feature: Hacking Mass Wrap
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02-12

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The Adjuster: Outfielders
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02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Have Big Aims, James
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Russell A. Carleton and Wilson Karaman

02-04

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The Adjuster: Shortstops
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Wilson Karaman

01-30

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Player Profile: Chris Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-28

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The Adjuster: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

01-21

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The Adjuster: Second Base
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Wilson Karaman

01-16

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Player Profile: Ike Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-14

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The Adjuster: First Basemen
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01-07

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The Adjuster: Catchers
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12-31

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Take A Cab
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Nick Shlain

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: Grilli, Pierz In
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R.J. Anderson

12-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Still Holliday Season
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Wilson Karaman

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Wish Upton a Star
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre, Jordan Gorosh, Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Bringing the Band Back Together... Again
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Daniel Rathman and Wilson Karaman

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Tucker Blair

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Melky Laughs Last
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: All the Fantasy Angles
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J.P. Breen, Mike Gianella, Wilson Karaman, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-10

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Diego Padres
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Wilson Karaman

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Mariners Get Happy
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R.J. Anderson and Wilson Karaman

12-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Hey, So What Happened to Mike Minor Last Year?
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Wilson Karaman

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: On Trading a Superstar With Two Years Service Time
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre and Nick J. Faleris

11-21

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Wilson Karaman

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Heyward Movement
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Sam Miller, Jeff Moore, Ben Carsley and Wilson Karaman

11-10

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Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays
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Wilson Karaman

10-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept that Justin Upton is Quite Good
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Wilson Karaman

10-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Alcides Escobar
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Wilson Karaman

10-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Shelby Miller
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10-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Denard Span
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Wilson Karaman

09-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Using FIP to Find Value
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Wilson Karaman

09-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Wilson Karaman

09-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
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Wilson Karaman

08-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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Wilson Karaman

08-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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Wilson Karaman

08-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Wilson Karaman

08-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-18

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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Wilson Karaman

07-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Charlie Morton
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Wilson Karaman

07-03

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 15
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Wilson Karaman

06-27

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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06-20

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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March 4, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers

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Examining relievers who are worth targeting in leagues that count Holds or have innings caps.

I want to start this article by stating, clearly and in no uncertain terms, that I did not want to write this article. Bret made me do it. While on the one hand, aggressively targeting middle relievers in the early season is one of my favorite strategies for driving down my pitching ratios, projecting middle relievers before the season starts for draft day consumption is just a terrible, terrible idea. Yes, the flame-out rate is high. But just as importantly, the out-of-nowhere-hero effect is even higher. Dellin Betances? Yeah, that dude got drafted in like one percent of leagues last year. Wade Davis, Ken Giles, Brad Boxberger… none of those guys were high priority for drafters outside the deepest of leagues last spring.

Relievers come, and relievers go. How they’ll perform, nobody knows. Still, there do tend to be some traits in particular you’ll want to go after if you’re targeting guys in a Holds league. For one, there’s a significant correlation between strikeouts and the Holds leaderboards. Since accumulating Holds oftentimes depends on securing outs in high-leverage situations, this would seem to follow rather logically. Jeff Zimmerman wrote a nice piece to this effect last winter, and the basic punchline was that using past performance to predict future Holds totals is basically pointless, but that middle relievers with higher strikeout rates tend to be the best bets.

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February 26, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Jesse Hahn

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Wilson Karaman

A rare case study of a pitcher who might *benefit* from a trade out of San Diego.

Player Background

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February 24, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Hisashi Iwakuma

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Wilson Karaman

Can the Mariner right the ship after a rough finish to 2014?

Player Background

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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers

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Wilson Karaman

Examining which hurlers become more and less valuable in leagues that count walks and quality starts.

On to the bump we go! While this series has previously focused on hitting adjustments in OBP and points formats, today we tackle starters in non-standard leagues. Judging by our Bat Signal data I decided to focus today on leagues that utilize a penalty for Walks, be it in ratio form (K-BB, K/BB, BB/9) or a negative point value, as well as leagues that utilize Quality Starts as a merciful counting stat replacement for archaic pitcher Wins. I’m more than happy to address any other specific player-and-format questions in the comments below, or if you’ve got a particularly unique league setup that requires a longer discussion of value you can always drop it into a Bat Signal.

In case you missed it, here are our tiered rankings for starting pitchers in standard leagues: Part I and Part II.

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Revisiting the worst performers of 2014 and talking to the year's grand MASSter.

Sure, yes, the Royals returned to the World Series last year for the first time since 1985, and yes that was a big deal and all. But there was an even more important storyline of lost glory restored in 2014: HACKING MASS came back, baby! Our annual test of wills—specifically the will to identify the least-talented major-league players with the best chance of somehow, someway remaining in their teams’ starting lineup all year—returned from several years of hiatus.

For the uninitiated, our cherished rulebook is here for your reading pleasure.

Last year’s contest featured 819 players who averaged 181.2 total accumulated ESPN (that’s Exuded Stiff Points, Net). Our champions, the fightin’ Pianosa Bombardiers, paced the contest with 487 ESPN.

So without further ado, let’s begin! Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 HACKING MASS All-Stars:

All Star Team

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February 12, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Outfielders

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Wilson Karaman

Examining the players at this position who see a bump or drop in value in OBP or points formats.

The state of the outfield is strong, my friends. As Mike Gianella pointed out in his look at the State of the Position on Monday, outfield accounted for nearly half of all hitting value in 2014, and the position features a strong batch of up-and-coming talent to reinforce its elite top shelf. The opportunity to run up a significant OBP cushion is of particular note in this positional grouping, as the position’s collective .321 OBP last season trailed only first basemen, and there are a lot more outfielders than there are first basemen. In an attempt to accommodate the depth of the position I’ve added a “runners up” list at the bottom of each section with some other notable names to keep in mind on top of the profiled hitters, and I’m happy to expand on any of them in the comments below.

In case you missed it, here are our tiered rankings for outfielders in standard leagues: Part I (The Top 30) and Part II (The Top 60).

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February 10, 2015 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Padres Have Big Aims, James

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Russell A. Carleton and Wilson Karaman

San Diego gets James Shields for relatively little, as the market seems to have undervalued his durability.

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A look at the players at this position who see a bump or drop in value in OBP and/or points formats.

Hoo boy, is it ugly out there in shortstop land. As J.P. noted in his look at the State of the Position earlier in the week, this notoriously thin position for fantasy has gotten even thinner over the past couple of seasons. AL-only leagues that use OBP face quite possibly the worst collection of options in the history of fantasy baseball, while Javier Baez’ name on the auction block should cause points leaguers to break out into cold sweats from sea to shining sea this spring. Buckle up, baby. Let’s sift through some rubble!

In case you missed it, here are our Shortstop tiers for standard leagues. Previous articles in this series: Catcher, First Base, Second Base, Third Base.

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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Chris Davis

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Wilson Karaman

Come for the power, stay for the third-base eligibility... while it lasts.

Player Background

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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Third Base

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A look at which hot-corner players move up or down if you play in OBP or points formats.

As Mike noted in his excellent State of the Position piece to kick off the week, there’s a sneaky amount of depth at third base this season. That depth is tested a bit more in OBP leagues than standard and points formats, particularly in the second tier of options. But there are still no shortage of guys capable of putting up above-average numbers. Given the higher floor, relative value is of critical importance.

In case you missed it, here are our Third-Base Tiers for standard leagues. Previous articles in this series: Catcher, First Base, Second Base.

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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Second Base

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Wilson Karaman

Looking at keystoners who see value bumps and drops in OBP and points leagues.

High-contact guys who don’t strike out or walk much—that’s what you get when you look through the ranks of second basemen. There’s some limited upside for the position as a whole in points league play, where low whiff rates matter, but even there a lot of the added value is knocked right back down on account of slugging limitations. In OBP leagues the landscape is pretty ugly. And regardless of format it’s a sharp, quick drop from the top of the second base list to the middle tiers and beyond, with no more than a handful of strong options and a whole bunch of mediocrity below. Let’s sift through the rubble and see if we can’t identify some much-needed targets for draft day.

In case you missed it, here are the Second-Base Tiers. Previous articles in this series: Catcher, First Base.

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January 16, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Ike Davis

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Wilson Karaman

After bouncing around and landing with the A's, can the first baseman bounce back in 2015?

Ummm… what now? An entire fantasy player profile about Ike Davis? The guy that returned a whopping $8 of NL-only value last year? The guy who’s currently going as the thirty-eighth first baseman off the board in early NFBC drafts, behind the Yonder Alonsos and Mitch Morelands of the world? Yeah, that’s the guy. He doesn’t deserve that kind of a draft day fate. Walk with me. Let’s talk about Ike Davis, and why he shouldn’t be that irrelevant to your 2015 plans.

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