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11-21

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Wilson Karaman

11-19

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Ben Carsley

11-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
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Keith Cromer

11-14

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Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle Mariners
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Nick Shlain

11-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Matt Collins

11-11

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Yankees
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Bret Sayre

11-10

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Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays
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Wilson Karaman

11-07

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Fantasy Team Preview: Tampa Bay Rays
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Jeff Quinton

11-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago White Sox
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J.P. Breen

11-03

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-31

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
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Keith Cromer

10-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Mike Gianella

10-27

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Fantasy Team Preview: Texas Rangers
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Craig Goldstein

02-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
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Paul Sporer

02-21

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Fantasy Team Preview: Washington Nationals
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Craig Goldstein

02-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets
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Bret Sayre

02-14

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Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies
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Mike Gianella

02-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins
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Paul Sporer

02-07

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Fantasy Team Preview: St. Louis Cardinals
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Mike Gianella

02-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Paul Sporer

02-03

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds
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Bret Sayre

01-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Carsley

01-23

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
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Craig Goldstein

01-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Craig Goldstein

01-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Paul Sporer

01-15

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
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Mike Gianella

01-10

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Diego Padres
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Craig Goldstein

01-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies
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Ben Carsley

01-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

12-20

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Fantasy Team Preview: Tampa Bay Rays
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Craig Goldstein

12-16

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Yankees
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Craig Goldstein

12-11

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Fantasy Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles
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Paul Sporer

12-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays
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Ben Carsley

12-03

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Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers
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Paul Sporer

11-27

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
by
Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

11-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Ben Carsley

11-15

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago White Sox
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Mike Gianella and Craig Goldstein

11-14

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Carsley

11-13

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Fantasy Team Preview: Texas Rangers
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

11-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Mike Gianella

11-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle Mariners
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Ben Carsley and Bret Sayre

11-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

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November 21, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Wilson Karaman

Two words: Mike Trout.

The Angels rolled their way to the best record in baseball last season on the strength of one of the best offensive units in the league. With a lineup featuring the current best player in the game as well as one of the greatest right-handed hitters in its history, they paced MLB with 773 runs scored and a collective .277 TAv. Pitching wasn’t quite as pretty, as the Halos’ 3.58 team ERA ranked just a middle-of-the-pack 15th even though they call one of the more pitcher-friendly parks in baseball home. Despite the overall mediocrity of the staff, there were several standout arms for fantasy purposes, with guys like Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker coming out of nowhere to produce strong returns on FAAB investments.

Despite the regular season success the Orange Countians were quickly dispatched from the playoffs by the Tasmanian Devil that was your October 2014 Kansas City Royals. But with only Jason Grilli headed from a contributing role into free agency this offseason they’ll head into 2015 as the early favorites to repeat as Western Division champions, and they currently project to feature pretty much the exact same cast of fantasy-relevant characters. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.

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November 19, 2014 10:08 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

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Ben Carsley

The Royals don't have a ton of fantasy awesomeness. There's always Jeremy Guthrie!

2014 was a disappointing year for the Royals, as they lost the Wil Myers trade once and for all.

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November 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics

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Keith Cromer

The A's are low on studs but have plenty of potentially useful fantasy role players.

What started out as such a promising 2014 for the A’s, a season that saw Oakland sitting at 72-44 on August 9th, and four games up in the AL West, ended in disaster, as they lost 30 of their last 46 games and finished 10 games behind the Los Angeles Angels. The historic collapse culminated in a 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Royals in an epic AL wild card game—a game they lead 7-3 in the eighth inning with their ace, Jon Lester, on the bump.

After that disappointing end to the 2014 season behind them, the Oakland A’s are looking ahead to 2015, and certainly have several question marks heading into this offseason. he A’s will need to address their middle infield - Lowrie and Callaspo are free agents- and the void in left field after the departure of Yoenis Cespedes. The A’s will also need to find some stop-gaps early on in the back end of their starting rotation while A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker both continue to rehab from their respective Tommy John surgeries.

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November 14, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle Mariners

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Nick Shlain

Two studs on the mound, two more at the plate, and notes on the rest of the Emerald City players who could hold fantasy value next year.

Staring a fifth consecutive fourth-place finish in the American League West in the face, the Mariners went out last offseason and signed Robinson Cano to the fourth-largest contract in baseball history at the time. The addition of Cano, a bullpen resurgence, and outstanding pitching from Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma led Seattle to a 16-win improvement in 2014. Approaching the offseason from the other side of the win curve now, the Mariners could eschew a big splash signing to merely fill their holes—designated hitter, shortstop, first base—and make it to the postseason. Before they make their moves, though, let’s take a look at the relevant fantasy players currently under the Mariners’ control.

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians

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Matt Collins

The Tribe boasts intriguing present and future options at a few of the shallowest fantasy positions.

All of a sudden, the AL Central looks like one of the more interesting divisions in all of baseball. The Tigers are still a star-studded team that is not afraid to spend. The Royals are coming off of an improbable World Series run and will bring back much of their core. Even the White Sox have some fun young pieces to go along with one of the best pitchers in the game. Then, there’s the Indians, who are often forgotten but remain a possible dark-horse team to make a playoff run in 2015.

While they likely don’t have the payroll flexibility to add many major pieces to their roster this winter, they already have a nice core in place. Their pitching staff is headed by a Cy Young candidate, and their lineup is built around one of the better catchers in baseball, a breakout star in left field and an OBP machine at first base. They’ll need some of their young players to take another step forward, but they should be a fun team to watch in the coming year.

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November 11, 2014 9:50 am

Fantasy Team Preview: New York Yankees

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Bret Sayre

The Yankees still have holes to fill on their way back to contention, but they also have plenty of players who could be useful to your fantasy squad.

Coming off a disappointing 2013 season that saw them win just 85 games, the Yankees threw money around last offseason like it was about to hit its expiration date. Now, after another subpar campaign in 2014—winning one fewer game than the year prior—the question is will they or won’t they?

With no shortage of holes to fill (pretty much the whole infield and a few rotation spots) and very little coming by way of the farm system (we’ll get to that below), the Yankees may be forced to bring their payroll above any point in franchise history just to field a playoff-caliber roster. However, until that happens, we’re left examining a very expensive building with an unfinished façade.

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November 10, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

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Wilson Karaman

The Jays have the longest active postseason drought in the majors, but they also have players that can help your fantasy team get there.

With the Royals’ magic carpet ride to Game Seven of the World Series in October, the dubious distinction for longest playoff drought in Major League Baseball now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, who haven’t played a meaningful game since Joe Carter touched ‘em all. But despite those real-world sorrows the Canadian club continues to produce valuable fantasy players year after year, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Rogers Center again played as one of the best ballparks in baseball to catch a souvenir in 2014, and the Blue Jays’ high octane offense checked in third in the Majors in both homeruns and team ISO, fifth in runs scored, and eighth in TAv. And for its part, the pitching staff, while overall poor and inconsistent, managed to produce some sneaky interesting performances. With a wave of young pitching talent set to break imminently, there is promise for more in the immediate future as well.

The Jays will enter this off-season set up for a relatively modest amount of turnover. Two of their starting outfielders from a year ago, Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus, will hit free agency, and while the club recently shipped Adam Lind to Milwaukee in order to clear some payroll, it appears unlikely either will be back with Toronto in 2015. Pitching-wise, the rotation cup is poised to runneth over. Last year’s starting five should all remain under club control, and while the club recently declined injury-riddled Brandon Morrow’s option several young MLB-ready prospects will be waiting in the wings for trial runs throughout the year. The departures of closer Casey Janssen and injured set-up man Sergio Santos will open up the back of the bullpen for a competition or free agent signings as well. Let’s take a look at how the roster is currently shaping up as we enter the offseason.

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November 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

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Jeff Quinton

With a new GM and without a skipper at the moment, the Rays' future, real and fantasy, is up in the air.

There has been a lot of Rays baseball activity already this offseason, but none has been player related. The general manager and manager (a title that somehow seems even more general than general manager) have left. Not much changes for us fantasy baseball folk besides potentially more day-to-day lineup consistency. Will these changes impact player performance? There is no way that we can tell; thus, there is nothing to additionally factor into our valuations.

As far as the roster, the Rays have again traded away an expiring, expensive-via-arbitration ace in David Price for cheaper, more controllable assets. The always cash strapped Rays could also be looking to trade Matt Joyce and Jeremy Hellickson for cheaper, more controllable assets this offseason.

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November 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago White Sox

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J.P. Breen

Built around two superstars, the White Sox are not likely to contend, but they'll field useful fantasy assets.

The Chicago White Sox are a fascinating team because they possess two superstars—Chris Sale and Jose Abreu—yet remained decidedly poor. They won 73 games and do not project to contend in the American League Central in 2015, barring some unexpected steps forward and/or a crazy offseason. Some intriguing young talent exists in the everyday lineup; however, the back end of the starting rotation could a shambles once again, and the hell if anyone knows what their bullpen is going to offer fantasy owners.

Again, despite a pessimistic outlook for the team as we head into the upcoming campaign, numerous useful fantasy options should be available. In a few cases, it could present an opportunity for some owners to capitalize on a down-and-out team to which opposing owners have stopped paying attention. And, of course, we’ll all be paying attention to the White Sox during spring training in an attempt to decipher their plans regarding Carlos Rodon because he could be an immediate fantasy weapon.

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November 3, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

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Ben Carsley

Just one year removed from a championship, John Farrell's squad will look to bounce back in 2015.

The Boston Red Sox are a team in transition. They feature some established stars who figure to contribute significantly to fantasy squads once again in 2015. They roster plenty of young players and veterans who are inconsistent enough to make fantasy forecasting difficult. And they feature a handful of players who should send fantasy owners running for the hills.

But despite their disappointing 2014 campaign, there's a lot of talent both young and old on this roster. The Red Sox have a ton of talent on offense, some intriguing relief candidates, and there are people who still start, too, but shh, let's not talk about them.

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October 31, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros

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Keith Cromer

After showing a 19-game improvement in 2014, the slowly rebuilding Astros boast several intriguing fantasy options.

The 2017 World Series champs? Well, that’s what one publication boldly predicted earlier this year. Maybe that prediction was based on all the previous BP staffers on the current Astros payroll, maybe not, but while a 2017 World Series appearance may seem like a stretch for a team that has averaged 104 losses the past four seasons, and has only appeared in one World Series in their 53-year team history, there is reason for optimism for Astros fans. The next wave of top prospects—Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, Colin Moran, among others—should arrive in Houston over the next couple of years to join an already young nucleus of talented players.

The Astros did lose 92 games last year, but on the flipside, they improved by 19 games in 2014 with their core of young players. They also accomplished that 19-game improvement despite having players lose 902 games to the DL and a bullpen that blew a league-leading 25 saves. They are a young team that does swing and miss a bunch, but it’s an exciting roster and one that could yield multiple fantasy contributors.

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The Twins are teeming with top prospects, but there are big leaguers who could help your fantasy squad in 2015, too.

Byron Buxton. Miguel Sano. Alex Meyer. Kohl Stewart. Eddie Rosario.
This is how 2013/2014’s offseason preview for the Minnesota Twins opened, and with good reason. It seemed like a fait accompli that most or all of these prospects would begin their promising big league futures with the Twins at some point in 2014. As we know now with the benefit of sweet, delicious hindsight, it didn’t work out that way. Every one of these future studs hit a bump in the road, and not one of the Twins vaunted five put up a single MLB at-bat or inning pitched in 2014.

The future still looks bright for both these prospects and the Twins, but 2014 reminded us that if you want to make God laugh, show him a well-defined prospect timetable. With the exception of Stewart, all of these prospects could still make an impact in 2015 but 2014 reminds us to temper our expectations. Given the Twins fantasy outlook otherwise, for the most part we will be the same position in 2015 that we were in 2014: shying away from most of this roster in shallower formats while waiting for better days, both in the real world as well as in our fantasy realm.


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