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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

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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Wilson Karaman

02-17

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Prospectus Feature: Hacking Mass Wrap
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Wilson Karaman

02-12

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The Adjuster: Outfielders
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Wilson Karaman

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

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July 2, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos

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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

He's coming to the majors, but does he have major league stuff following a long recovery from Tommy John?

The Situation: The Atlanta Braves needed a Thursday starter in place of Williams Perez, who was placed on the disabled list last week with a left foot contusion when he was hit by a batted ball. It presents an opportunity for Manny Banuelos, who has thrown well through 15 starts with Triple-A Gwinnett.

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June 26, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13

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Wilson Karaman

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

Forty-one total options will toe the rubber this week, with the edge—at least in terms of volume—going to the AL. Within the 22 junior-circuit options, however, six are non-starters with a full 12 more piled into a clown car for consideration. We’re still waiting on the Royals to announce their second potential two-start option for meetings with Houston and Minnesota, but odds are that dude’ll make for a baker’s dozen in the “consider” bag. The NL outlook is slightly rosier, though the quality of options deteriorates rapidly in the middle of that “consider” stack.

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June 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12

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

Ahhhh, that’s more like it. A week after the two-start apocalypse, we’re back down to the low end of the normal range for options this week. The NL will feature a nice roster of strong plays at the top, while AL-only managers will be knee-deep in quality options for consideration. Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six deep for the time being.

Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six-deep for the time being. We’re also waiting on word from the Indians about who will replace Shaun Marcum in the rotation after the veteran was summarily DFA’d yesterday following an ugly pasting at the hands of the Cubs. There’s some early indication it may be prospect Cody Anderson getting the call, and he’d be an interesting name. He’s made significant strides in honing his pesky command and missing more bats at Double-A and Triple-A this summer, and he works off a promising low-90s sinker. He won’t be a season-saver, but if he is the guy, his debut will be worth keeping an eye on in AL-only formats.

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Using our shiny new stats to examine the hurlers you ought to ditch and the ones you might want to chase in trades.

This is admittedly something of a data dump article, but judging by some of the Bat Signal questions we get, I think it’s a useful one to consolidate everything in one place. Plus, it’s another opportunity to take our awesome, shiny new toy out for a test drive, and that’s always fun.

For those uninitiated, I highly recommend you take a few minutes to get initiated. Our statistical wizardry department, led by Harry Pavlidis, Jonathan Judge, Robert Arthur, Dan Turkenkopf, and Gregory J. Matthews, created two extremely useful metrics for evaluating pitchers in cFIP and DRA. Here’s a link to the original piece unveiling those two beauties, along with the follow-up piece introducing the subsidiary stat, DRA-, which we’ll be talking about today. Both should be required reading in your summer school class.

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June 12, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11

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It's quantity over quality in the two-start-pitcher world this week.

Well, it finally happened. Every single team’s two most annoying starters all have a two-start week at the exact same time. For the first time since I’ve been writing this column, there are a full 60 out of 60 potential two-start options this week, which I can now confirm is just a staggering volume to sift through. But within all of those options, there are so very, very few rock-solid ones, and that’s what makes this week particularly tough. I’ve only got 13 start recommendations on the board, so there’s a whole lot of uncertainty to muddle through. I’d love to have been able to provide more case-by-case analysis, but this column was already pushing 2,600 words by the time I was halfway through, so if you’ve got a specific guy you want to talk about from the 4,672 “consider” options, please follow up in the comments. We’re still waiting on the Reds to announce their second two-start guy, but the other 59 options are all included 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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June 8, 2015 6:16 am

The Call-Up: Carlos Correa

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

The Astros' shortstop vacancy is now full. Thank you for your service, Jed.

The situation: The Astros have been the best team in the American League but have lost four straight, scoring just 12 runs in those four games. To help with the offensive “woes,” Houston has called on arguably the best offensive prospect in baseball, in the form of Carlos Correa.

Background: Correa was a somewhat surprising first overall selection of the 2012 MLB Draft out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy in, you guessed it, Puerto Rico—though most believed he was a lock to go in the first four or five picks—and all he has done since becoming a member of the Astros organization is put up sensational numbers and impress the heck out of scouts and fans alike. The 20-year-old right-handed hitting shortstop has posted a career .882 OPS, and after a slow start, he was hitting a very respectable .266/.336/.447 in 107 plate appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma.

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June 5, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10

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

It’s an incredibly shallow week for two-start options in this scoring period, particularly in the American League. There are only 13 (not a typo) starters scheduled to toe the rubber more than once this week, as no team plays more than six games (and the Yankees play only five) while the Red Sox are moving to a six-man rotation. The Mets will join Boston with a six-man look in the NL, and while there’s a greater quantity of options in the senior circuit, the quality leaves something to be desired. The NL-only landscape is riddled with mediocre starters and unpleasant choices, leaving a league-wide hole for pitching volume in Week 10. We’re still waiting on a second Milwaukee starter as of press time, but I’m happy to talk about him in the comments section once he’s listed.

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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June 2, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Who Is This Williams Perez?

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Can the Braves righty sustain his hot start?

After a solid big-league debut against the Rays on May 20th in which his fiery mound presence stole the show, I spotlighted Perez as an interesting two-start candidate last week, and he responded with 13 innings of one-run ball and wins against the Dodgers and Giants. That brings his tally to 18 innings as a starter in which he’s allowed two runs while collecting 17 Ks. So who is this guy, and how much value, if any, does he have going forward?

An unheralded international signee out of Venezuela, Perez made his stateside debut as a 19-year-old in 2010. After a couple of seasons in Rookie ball, he’s been a level-a-year player as a solid-if-unspectacular rotation piece, with an arsenal built around a sinker/changeup combination that’s gotten him grounders and limited his vulnerability against left0handers. Over the past three seasons through High-, Double-, and Triple-A, he’s posted ground-ball rates north of 50 percent with a 3.61 FIP against lefties compared to a 3.20 mark against right-handers.

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June 1, 2015 4:30 am

The Call-Up: Michael Feliz

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The Astros raised the prospect quota in their bullpen this weekend.

The Situation: With Scott Feldman hitting the shelf with a torn meniscus, the Astros will turn his roster spot over to the 21-year-old Feliz. Just ten days ago, Feliz was in the High-A Lancaster rotation, and after a one-game cameo as a Double-A tandem starter, he’ll head to the Houston bullpen, at least until Brett Oberholtzer’s expected activation for a start on Monday.

Background: As a 16 year-old out of the Dominican Republic, Feliz was originally poised to ink an $800,000 deal with Oakland in early spring of 2010, but the agreement fell through when his physical revealed a positive test for an undisclosed banned substance. The Astros swooped in a couple months later and signed the right-hander for half of the original bonus amount. After serving a 50-game suspension he logged a dozen DSL innings before making his stateside debut with 50 Gulf Coast League innings in 2011. He held his own with a whiff an inning in 64 rookie-ball frames the following year, before a dominating stint in the New York-Penn League in 2013. He finally made the leap to full-season ball last year, calling the Midwest League home for the entirety of 2014, before heading to the Antelope Valley for a date with the winds of Lancaster this spring.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

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

Oh, to be young and the owner of a National League ace this week. Chances are, if you’ve got one, he’s going twice in Week Nine. Between the true aces and the near ones, NL-only leaguers will have a full nine glorious, “safe” options at their disposal, while junior circuit riders will once again be left weighing options from a lengthy “consider” column.

Uncertainty persists as of press time in Oakland, where Scott Kazmir’s MRI yesterday will likely reveal a delayed next turn at the least and put the Oakland rotation slot @DET and @BOS into someone else’s hands. That’s not a great lineup, and with neither Gray nor Hahn—the two other guys in Oakland’s rotation I’d consider running here—anywhere near on turn, it’s unlikely this slot will yield much interest even in AL-only formats. It’s also unclear who will take the injury-ravaged Marlins’ two-start slot. I’m not sure that one much matters either, however, as we’re down to about the eighth or ninth guy on the Miami depth chart at this point, and a trip to Coors Field looms for whoever ends up stepping into the fire.

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May 22, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight

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Wilson Karaman

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

After a week of scarcity, this week our two-start cup runneth over. No clubs will play short schedules, which means a bump back up into the mid-40s for two-start options. American Leaguers will have significant advantages in both quality and quantity, while managers in NL-only leagues will be stuck pecking through a bunch of uncertain options after a shakier-than-you’d-like top five of startable hurlers. Personal pick of the week: Atlanta’s Williams Perez, whose nasty secondaries and bad-ass histrionics last week highlighted one of the more entertaining big-league starting debuts I can remember watching.

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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May 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts

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Can these three arms keep surpassing preseason expectations?

I play in a lot of deep (16 to 20-team) leagues, and one of the most important things you can do in a deep league is find yourself some pitching bargains late to fill out the back end of your rotation with consistent league-average production. Confidence in the ability to pull off that feat allows you to invest more heavily in bats during the middle stages of a draft and gives you that much more of a built-in advantage in roster construction. It’s not an easy thing to do, though, and one of the keys to pulling it off involves hitting on a few would-be streamers early who end up providing multi-week or even full-season value. Likewise, diagnosing when to cut bait on those guys is of paramount importance.

In that spirit, here are three guys in this mold who’ve produced outsized return value early in the season, with a look at whether or not the gravy train’s likely to continue on down the track or not.

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