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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
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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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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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Kicking off the series with a team that surprisingly was baseball's worst in 2014.

With the offseason just around the corner, it’s time to kick off our fantasy team previews. Last year, we ran these in conjunction with the top 10 prospect posts, but we’re giving them their own spotlight this year. We’re also going to be using a little bit of a different format, so let us know if there are gaps in the coverage or anything like that, so we can address it.

We’re kicking off the team previews with the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros. No, that’s not right. The Texas Astros. Dammit. The Texas Rastros. Sonofabitch this is hard. If you’re a Rangers fan, it’s not hard to conceive that the team you watched day in and day out was baseball’s worst. For the rest of us though, it’s a bizarre notion that the Rangers finished in last place, and perhaps moreso that the Astros didn’t, for once (settle down Rockies fans, we’ll get to you).

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February 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves

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Paul Sporer

Top-shelf bats, quality rotation arms, and the game's best closer make the Braves an excellent team from which to mine fantasy assets.

Last year’s NL East champion brings plenty of fantasy value to the table again in 2014, as the Braves try to defend their title against a surging Nats team. They have star-level hitting sure to be scooped up in the early rounds, three like-valued starting pitchers who will be near the top of many fantasy rotations, and the top closer in the game by any ranking.

Projected Lineup

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February 21, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Washington Nationals

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Craig Goldstein

A club that was already replete with fantasy assets got even better this offseason.

It should surprise no one that the Nationals, despite a disappointing 2013 season, are absolutely loaded when it comes to the fantasy front. Six of their eight starters are worth owning, even in shallow leagues, and the same goes for four-fifths of their rotation. The team in general lacks speed, with Denard Span as an option, but Ian Desmond is the guy to own for that category. They’ve got power in spades, and if Anthony Rendon wins out, they should be near the top in team batting average as well.

Their rotation is quite possibly the best in baseball, boasting impact and depth in reality to go with strikeouts and control in fantasy. While the season was a letdown for many in the DC area, the nucleus of the team remains (for the most part) both immensely talented, and on the good part of the aging curve.

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February 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets

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Bret Sayre

There aren't many high-end fantasy assets in Queens, but a youth movement could soon change that.

There hasn’t been much to get excited about in Queens over the past five or six seasons—unless you get joy out of watching the franchise greats take the field day in and day out. Of course, there was also the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner who captured the hearts and minds of those paying attention—though he was traded a couple of months after receiving the hardware. And then, when there is an exciting young attraction worth watching, of course he ends up undergoing Tommy John surgery before the end of his breakout season. However, the roster has been improved through trades and free agency, adding a little extra fantasy relevance to what has been a pretty stale roster in the recent past. Though, as you’ll see from the rest of this preview, high-end talent is still severely lacking.

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February 14, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

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Mike Gianella

This aging club has some intriguing players, but many of them carry significant injury risk.

It’s easy and fun to make jokes about how old the Phillies are, but the team’s advanced age curve does have an impact from a fantasy perspective. Nine players on the team’s projected Opening Day roster are 33 years of age or older. Post-peak players aren’t worthless and certainly can provide fantasy value. However, discounts have to be built in for potential injuries and breakdowns, especially in deeper leagues where good replacement level players are harder to find. The Phillies are becoming a Bermuda Triangle in fantasy: a lot of players are worth owning, but the risk factor here is high in many cases.

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February 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins

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Paul Sporer

Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez are the headliners in south Florida.

There isn’t a lot of fantasy value on this team, sure to be a bottom feeder again, but what they do have could be very high-impact.

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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

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Mike Gianella

The defending National League champs are replete with fantasy assets on both sides of the ball.

At the risk of pummeling home an obvious point, teams that advance to the World Series typically provide plenty of fantasy value across the board. The St. Louis Cardinals were no exception in 2013. Fifteen players provided double-digit Roto value in NL-only last year. Carlos Beltran left to join the New York Yankees, but with Matt Adams and Allen Craig already in the fold, Oscar Taveras waiting in the wings, and a handful of shrewd acquisitions, the Cards won’t miss a beat in 2014, and will once again be a good place for most of your fantasy shopping needs.

Projected Lineup

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February 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Paul Sporer

The defending NL MVP headlines the fantasy crop in the Steel City.

Projected Lineup

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February 3, 2014 6:05 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds

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Bret Sayre

Bryan Price's club boasts a three-headed rotation monster, a triple-digit-throwing closer, two lefty sluggers, and the fastest player in the game.

The 2013 season ended in brutal fashion for the Reds, as they lost the National League Wild Card Game to a division rival. The offseason wasn’t much better, as they saw one of their best hitters and most consistent pitchers (even if he is flatly average) leave town. They were replaced by internal options who have good upside, but have yet to prove themselves over the course of a full season. They’ll need to hit the ground running, as anything short of a return to the playoffs will be a disappointment in the Queen City.

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January 29, 2014 6:05 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

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Ben Carsley

The Brew Crew might be a flawed club, but it also has plenty of excellent fantasy assets.

There is a lot of fantasy talent on the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers roster. Their tumultuous 2013 season and consensus ranking of “fringe contender” for next season have made the Brewers somewhat anonymous nationally, but that shouldn’t be the case. They have batters who can hit for power and run. They have pitchers who are better than you think. And even their bullpen has a few high-strikeout options of note. It’s a flawed team, to be sure, but one that could produce some fantasy steals this year.

Projected Starting Lineup

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

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Craig Goldstein

Rick Renteria's lineup has a few intriguing bats, but you'll probably have to look elsewhere for pitching.

Last year was yet another tough one for Cubs fans, even if the Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod-led front office continues to stockpile assets. The win-loss record is a nagging source of frustration for the fans, and the on-field lineup might just be as frustrating for fantasy owners. With the potential to sport a platoon in the outfield and a defensive specialist in the infield, as well as a patient front office that will keep its drool-worthy prospects at bay, this Cubs tree isn’t likely to bear much fruit in the early going.

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