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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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Wilson Karaman

01-07

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The Adjuster: Catchers
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Wilson Karaman

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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Wilson Karaman

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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Wilson Karaman

06-20

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Wilson Karaman

06-13

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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Wilson Karaman

06-06

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
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Wilson Karaman

05-30

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Wilson Karaman

05-23

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Wilson Karaman

05-16

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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Wilson Karaman

05-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Middle of the Road
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Wilson Karaman

05-09

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
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Wilson Karaman

05-02

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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Wilson Karaman

04-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
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Wilson Karaman

04-11

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
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Wilson Karaman

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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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January 14, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: First Basemen

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Wilson Karaman

Examining first sackers who move up or down the rankings in points and/or OBP formats.

First base requires perhaps the closest attention when you play in a non-standard league, as the relative importance of production from the position along with some of the most extreme value swings among any of the positional groupings can team up to cause rankings chaos. There’s a preponderance of “three true outcome” hitters in the ranks of first basemen, and they also unsurprisingly tend to be among the slower and less athletic baserunners. So you’ll see a few names in this article multiple times: guys who get on base a whole bunch but also tend to strike out at higher rates and also have a bit more trouble legging out doubles and triples.

OBP Leagues
First basemen unsurprisingly led all of the positional groupings again last year in OBP-AVG differential with 74 points of separation, and they posted a collective slugging percentage a full 20 points higher than the second-best outfielders. Power and patience is the name of the game, and in OBP leagues, the importance of securing that combination from your first baseman becomes even greater. Fortunately the reserves are deep and there is a long list of guys that outperform their standard league rankings. On the flipside, the guys who lose relative standing in OBP formats are that much poorer of an investment.


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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Catchers

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Wilson Karaman

Examining backstops who move up or down the rankings in points and/or OBP formats.

Friends, Romans, countrymen… welcome to The Adjuster. As a longtime proponent of OBP-league play, it brings me great joy to debut this column as a way to hopefully offer some helpful guidance for others who play in non-standard formats. Each week we’ll be running an Adjuster article as a subsidiary to our positional rankings, and I’ll use the opportunity to highlight players who see their values rise or fall relative to our tiered rankings. For hitters the plan is to focus on value adjustments in OBP and points formats, though this being a new series suggestions are welcome in the comments, and if enough of a consensus forms to include additional formats we can adjust (Eh? Eh?) as we go. If you got yourself cut up in a monkey knife fight or something yesterday and missed the debut of our tiered ranking for catchers, I’d strongly recommend checking it out here before you continue on with this piece. Otherwise, let’s go ahead and get our feet wet, shall we?

OBP LEAGUES

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December 31, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rays Take A Cab

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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Nick Shlain

Ben Zobrist seems likely to be moved now, while the Dodgers sign Sergio Santos and the Padres pick up a buy-low reliever.

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December 29, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Grilli, Pierz In

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R.J. Anderson

Delmon Young re-ups, Tim Stauffer goes north, Jordan Walden extends, and the Braves add a good reliever and a bad catcher.

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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Still Holliday Season

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Wilson Karaman

The Cardinals' left fielder isn't finished as a fantasy asset just yet.

I’d like to start by offering a scalding #hottake: Matt Holliday has been very good at hitting baseballs in his career. Since his 2004 debut he’s posted the eighth highest batting average (minimum 4,000 plate appearances), hit the 13th most homeruns, driven in the sixth most runs, and scored more times than every other Major Leaguer but three. He is, however, also rapidly closing in on his 35th birthday as of this writing. He’s also coming off a season in which he failed to crack the top 50 among hitters in standard league value, returning “just” $20 of mixed league production in 2014. That development necessarily begs the twin questions of whether Holliday has started his inevitable decline in earnest, and how he should in turn be valued for 2015. So let’s take a look under the hood and see what changed last year, and then hopefully we can figure out whether 2014 was in fact the beginning of the end.

Here’s a basic chart showing some notable metrics in his performance portfolio since he turned 30 and headed east to St. Louis, along with his relative ranking among outfielders in the triple slash categories:

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The Padres add another big-name outfielder, sending four prospect to Atlanta in the process, and also bring back an oft-injured arm.



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After trading away both of its catchers in separate deals, San Diego reloaded by acquiring one who can really hit.



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Brian Sabean may have missed out on two of the bigger contributors to the Giants 2014 run, but apparently he's not letting anyone else get away.



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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy

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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

The Royals put their faith in a pitcher coming off a BABIP spike and a pitcher coming off his second Tommy John surgery.



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December 18, 2014 12:12 am

Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers

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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Tucker Blair

Wil Myers is swapped for the second time in as many years. What gives?

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