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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers

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Craig Goldstein

Projecting the ninth-inning stoppers from 2014 through the end of the 2016 season.

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February 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers

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Paul Sporer

Ranking starters based on their fantasy value from now through 2016.

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February 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Outfielders

21

Craig Goldstein

A look at how this position stacks up between now and 2016.

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February 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Third Basemen

12

Ben Carsley

With Miguel Cabrera set to move across the diamond, Evan Longoria and David Wright usurp the top tier.

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February 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops

12

Craig Goldstein

Sizing up the position from now through the end of the 2016 season.

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January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen

10

Ben Carsley

Ranking the position based on how players are expected to perform between now and 2016.

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January 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Basemen

16

Paul Sporer

A fantasy-based look at how this position stacks up through 2016.

Everyone in fantasy sports loves the look-ahead. Even in the throes of a pennant race, you can fire up a conversation about next year’s first round and it will go on for an hour. With that in mind, the BP fantasy team will be taking a long view look at every position this offseason with three-year rankings (composite value at the position over the next three seasons). We continue our way around the diamond with first basemen today! First base is the storage locker for bad defenders who can hit, especially in the NL where there is no DH. The position is almost always adding staff, but their value at the position is mitigated until they’re done qualifying elsewhere.

For example, you would be insane to use a primary-catcher first-base-eligible asset anywhere but catcher. In no circumstance are they worth more playing first base, and if you carry two such assets and put one at first base, you’re not only robbing the value of this asset, but you’re also putting yourself behind in the counting categories of first base to teams who have full-time first basemen in their lineup. At any other position (though predominantly 3B and OF), they are never more valuable at first base. You could use them there in a pinch, but just like with the catcher, you’re sapping the value of the asset.

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January 16, 2014 6:10 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers

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Paul Sporer

A look at how catchers stack up for fantasy purposes between now and 2016.

Everyone in fantasy sports loves to look ahead. Even in the throes of a pennant race, you can fire up a conversation about next year’s first round and it will go on for an hour. With that in mind, the BP fantasy team will be taking a long-view look at every position this offseason with three-year rankings (composite value over the next three seasons). Since it is Catcher Week, the backstops will kick things off. Catchers are particularly difficult to project over a three-year period because you have guys that shift off of the position entirely while the learning curve for young guys is so sharp given all of their defensive duties.

With Joe Mauer done at the position after this year, he’s not going to rank on the list, as even a first-place finish this year wouldn’t be enough. Meanwhile there is some projection to be done with guys who could move off the position so you will see some of those guys much lower than you might anticipate since I have them delivering zero value at the position in year three.

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