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08-28

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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Wilson Karaman

08-26

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Notes from the Field: August 26, 2015
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Jeff Moore and Wilson Karaman

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Utley Confidential
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-21

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Wilson Karaman

08-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: On Hard-Hit Balls and Batters Who Hit Balls Hard
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Wilson Karaman

08-14

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Wilson Karaman

08-14

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The Call-Up: John Lamb
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-10

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Notes from the Field: The One From the Cape
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Wilson Karaman

08-07

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
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Wilson Karaman

08-06

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 6, 2015
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Jeff Moore, Wilson Karaman and Brendan Gawlowski

08-03

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The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Houston is Hip to Gomez
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J.P. Breen, Kate Morrison, Christopher Crawford, Brendan Gawlowski, Wilson Karaman and Mike Gianella

07-31

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: ACK! Going to New York!
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Nick Shlain, George Bissell, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Jeff Moore

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Load Up the Station Wagon – We're Heading To L.A.
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Craig Goldstein, Christopher Crawford, David Lee, Mike Gianella, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Colin Young

07-29

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Notes from the Field: July 29, 2015
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Brendan Gawlowski, Jeff Moore and Wilson Karaman

07-27

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The Call-Up: Zach Lee
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Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

07-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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Wilson Karaman

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Houston, We Have a Kazmir
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Mike Gianella

07-17

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Wilson Karaman

07-13

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The Call-Up: Brian Johnson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-03

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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Wilson Karaman

07-02

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The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos
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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

06-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Wilson Karaman

06-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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Wilson Karaman

06-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting Buy-Low and Sell-High Pitchers by cFIP and DRA-
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Wilson Karaman

06-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
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Wilson Karaman

06-08

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The Call-Up: Carlos Correa
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

06-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Wilson Karaman

06-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Who Is This Williams Perez?
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Wilson Karaman

06-01

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The Call-Up: Michael Feliz
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Wilson Karaman

05-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Wilson Karaman

05-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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Wilson Karaman

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts
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Wilson Karaman

05-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
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Wilson Karaman

05-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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Wilson Karaman

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Hey, So What Happened to Jason Heyward?
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Wilson Karaman

05-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
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Wilson Karaman

04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Lorenzen
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Mark Anderson and Wilson Karaman

04-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four
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Wilson Karaman

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Stat Line Scouting
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Wilson Karaman

04-10

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
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Wilson Karaman

04-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Bold Predictions
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Wilson Karaman

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: The Last Blockbuster of the Offseason
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Matthew Trueblood, Mark Anderson, Bret Sayre and Wilson Karaman

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Heavy is the Head That Wears the Crown
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Wilson Karaman

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: BP Rankings vs. ADP
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Wilson Karaman

03-25

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Five to Watch: National League Position Battles
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Wilson Karaman

03-18

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Five to Watch: AL Post-Prospects
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Wilson Karaman

03-12

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Five to Watch: National League Starting Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: ADP Underachivers: Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

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August 28, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Well, the bad news if you’re an AL-only manager is that you’ve only got 13 two-start options on the board. The good news is that five of them are auto-start aces, with only two in the mix that I wouldn’t consider in any format. NL-only players have significantly more depth on their bench, but they’ll have to spend more time wading through some of the lower-end options. The sit list is long, and there are some tough choices to be made in the consider pile.

Cleveland is currently penciling in the return of Carlos Carrasco from the disabled list next weekend, so if all goes according to the apparent plan, they will not have a two-start option. Houston will also be working off a six-man, while the Rockies will play eight games in seven days but have just one two-start option confirmed. Any additional options would be staring down multiple Coors starts and are very unlikely to crack the boundaries for consideration.

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August 26, 2015 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: August 26, 2015

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Jeff Moore and Wilson Karaman

Notes on Austin Meadows, Harold Ramirez, Willie Calhoun and more.

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The career Phillies' star heads back home to SoCal, the Padres finally deal an outfielder (not that one), and more..



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August 21, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

As we head into the home stretch, this scoring period will offer a nice opportunity to make up some innings with quality options. The National League will feature 22 two-start options, including at least a dozen that range from “definitely start” to “suuuure, close enough for jazz.” The AL should have 21, on account of the unfortunate development that the Red Sox will apparently roll with a six-man rotation next week with Rick Porcello slated to return, so all of my jokes about would-be two-starter Joe Kelly will have to wait for another day. We’re in wait-and-see mode for the Tigers’ Monday slot after Daniel Norris suffered an oblique injury in his last start, but otherwise all options as they stand at press time should be present and accounted for below.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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August 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: On Hard-Hit Balls and Batters Who Hit Balls Hard

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Wilson Karaman

Examining a handful of exit-velo studs.

One of the cool things about living (and playing fantasy baseball) in the present day and age is that the amount of information available at our fingertips is simply awesome. And 2015 has been a banner season for data wonks, as it’s the first with full batted-ball data available for public consumption. With the data collection, sorting, and processing still in its infancy, and the relative sample sizes involved extremely small in the grand scheme of things, it is unwise to try to draw sweeping conclusions about what things like exit velocity and trajectory mean for batted-ball success rates. But there are certain basic assumptions that we can make about these things, and one of the more logical is that hitting the ball hard increases your chances of reaching base.

Now, before we dive into some numbers on specific and potentially interesting players for fantasy, it’s worth taking a minute to explore an interesting recent development. Major-league teams have dramatically increased the number of infield shifts they’ve employed against hitters over the past four seasons, but interestingly that change in strategy has had very little aggregate impact on batted-ball results for groundballs. Ground-ball results have remained extremely stable, and in fact offensive performance on worm-burners has ticked up slightly as shifting has increased:

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August 14, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

It’s certainly a tale of two leagues this week, and I’m honestly not sure which one I prefer. The NL is shallow, with both the Mets and Dodgers drawing short schedules, and the Phillies and Marlins dragging their feet on naming starters. That leaves just 15 confirmed options, with only four definite starts. On the flipside of the coin, the AL’s cup runneth over with a full 24 options. Unfortunately it’s a pretty terrible landscape dominated by good starters with terrible schedules and up-and-down rookie pitchers who offer an awful lot of volatility.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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August 14, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: John Lamb

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

His call up goes well with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

The situation: The Reds are not very good, and traded away forty of percent of their rotation two weeks ago. One of the benefits of not being very good is you get a chance to see young players perform at the big-league level, and on Tuesday the Reds will call on John Lamb to see if he might be someone they can count on for the 2016 rotation.

Background: A fifth round pick out of Laguna Hills High School in California, Lamb was at one point one of the best left-handed pitching prospects in baseball – punctuated by a dominant 2010 season that saw him reach Double-A as a teenager and post ERAs of 1.58 and 1.45 in Low- and High-A, respectively, and rank 11th in the BP 101 prior to the 2011 season. Unfortunately, the southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery that summer, and he spent the next two and a half years trying to regain that form. He appears to have done just that though, and after a solid first two months of the 2015 season – 2.67 ERA, 96 strikeouts in just over 94 innings – he was one of the key components of the deal that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals.

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August 10, 2015 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: The One From the Cape

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Wilson Karaman

Eyes on some names we'll learn more about heading into the 2016 draft.

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August 7, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

It’s a quiet week this coming week in two-start land, as thanks to a handful of five-game schedules and six games across the rest of the board, there are only 33 options for this scoring period, which very well might be our lowest total yet for a week this season. The AL is particularly dicey, with just three auto-start guys and zero straight “start” candidates. The NL offers better options and a more well-rounded menu, but the pickin’s remain fairly slim even there. Four teams, Atlanta, Miami, Boston, an Houston will only play five times and are not currently anticipating a break from their standard five-man rotations, while the Twins remain the only team as of press time who haven’t announced a plan for the week.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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Eyes on Miguel Andujar, Jarlin Garcia, Jacob Nottingham and more.

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

A Richie for the not-so-rich.

The situation: Tampa Bay is still alive in the playoff race despite ranking last in the American League in runs and getting very little production from the DH and first base positions. In hopes of getting more offensive production, they’ll call up Shaffer on Monday to face the White Sox.

Background: Shaffer was an offensive stalwart at the University of Clemson, and after a .336/.480 /.573 junior campaign for the Tigers, the right-handed hitting infielder was selected 25th overall by Tampa Bay in the 2012 MLB Draft. Unfortunately, that offensive prowess was not consistently on display in his first few seasons in the Rays system, as he failed to post an OPS above .760 from 2012-2014. He’s been considerably better in 2015, however, hitting .261/.357/.538 on the year with 23 homers and 45 extra-base hits.

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Go-go is on the go.



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