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12-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
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Jeff Quinton

12-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers
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J.P. Breen

12-16

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets
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Bret Sayre

12-15

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Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
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Nick Shlain

12-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins
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Ben Carsley

12-10

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Diego Padres
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Wilson Karaman

12-09

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds
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Bret Sayre

12-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies
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Mike Gianella

12-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
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Jeff Quinton

12-04

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Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies
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J.P. Breen

12-01

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Fantasy Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Matt Collins

11-26

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Fantasy Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles
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Craig Goldstein

11-24

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Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers
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Nick Shlain

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
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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

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December 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants

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Jeff Quinton

A trio of studs compensates for the defending champs' barren farm system.

Champions of baseball, collection of various fantasy baseball talents. We all know the headliners: Posey, Pence, and Bumgarner. Beyond that, there is an unresolved third base role to go along with a lot of veterans and role players. The only interesting 25-or-under talents other than Bumgarner are Joe Panik and Andrew Susac, and interesting is being used liberally here. The Giants minor-league system is even less interesting for fantasy purposes. Anyhow, it is often the boring, the old hat, the suboptimal that gets overlooked in fantasy, and it is these very players that can turn some of the nicest fantasy baseball profits. Continue reading for analysis.

A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.

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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

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J.P. Breen

Thump and speed in the lineup make up for a mediocre rotation and a possible by-committee closer situation.

The Milwaukee Brewers are an intriguing club for fantasy owners. The squad lacks any obvious flops who project to receive significant playing time. At worst, mediocrity should reign supreme—especially in the starting rotation—but one can reasonably expect above-average production at almost every offensive position. That’s what makes the Brewers attractive for owners; however, that’s also the reason why the Brew Crew could compete for an NL postseason berth, despite being forgotten by the masses due to a quiet offseason.

A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.

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December 16, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets

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Bret Sayre

Things are trending upward in Queens.

Another year, another almost middle-of-the-road season for the Mets—who have now won between 74 and 79 games in each of the last five seasons. However, over the last four, the direction of the franchise has been noticeable and it’s reflected in the blurbs that make up this fantasy preview. Even in an age of diminishing offense, the Mets have gone from allowing 742 runs in 2011 to 709 to 684 to 618 runs in 2014. What the organization has lacked in producing homegrown hitters, they’ve done their best to make up for on the mound—and with the specter of a Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard playoff rotation dangling in the future, they find themselves without the necessary offense to make it a reality.

It’s been a very quiet off-season so far for the Metropolitans, who signed Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry and have otherwise sat on their hands. They also haven’t been rumored for any big name free agents, with the exception of Korean superstar Jung-Ho Kang (who may or may not be a shortstop—stop me if you’ve heard that before with this organization). Additionally, in what appears to be a yearly rite of passage at this point, the Mets are also moving the fences in yet again at Citi Field—this time solely in right-center field. While this could be mildly good news for the left-handed sluggers on the team, it’s unlikely to make a substantial difference.

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December 15, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves

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Nick Shlain

Jason Heyward is gone and Justin Upton might follow, but there are still a few studs on Fredi Gonzalez' roster.

The Braves appear to be a team in flux after failing to win at least 80 games for the first time since 2008. Atlanta isn’t necessarily full-on rebuilding, but with turnover in the front office as well as on the field—the Braves said goodbye to Jason Heyward, Ervin Santana, and Jordan Walden this offseason—they aren’t so far away from that. Still, the National League East isn’t the strongest division and a run at the second wild card isn’t out of the question. Now that I’ve sufficiently angered optimistic Braves fans, let’s take a look at the fantasy relevant players in Atlanta.

A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.

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December 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins

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Ben Carsley

It's a new-look squad in the wake of the Winter Meetings, but aside from Mat Latos, the headliners are still the same.

The Miami Marlins are dumb and bad.

This preview piece was slated to run Thursday morning, but, upon news of the Dee Gordon trade, was held back a day in order to be updated. Then, the Marlins went ahead and pulled off the Mat Latos trade, further ruining the good work of the handsome author, who is the protagonist in this story.

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December 10, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: San Diego Padres

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Wilson Karaman

Petco Park can turn just about any pitcher into a fantasy asset.

Injuries. Oh, the injuries these Padres have suffered. Also the terrible, terrible offensive performances. The Padres have been a broken record of a franchise for a while now, and among the ugliest incarnations of their recent archetype was on display last summer. They scored the fewest runs in baseball and finished a strong last in TAv as well. They couldn’t get on base, they couldn’t hit for power, and they were mediocre base-stealers. On the flipside, their pitching produced the fourth-best ERA in baseball and they posted top-third strikeout and WHIP numbers to boot. They were aided by a park that, while playing less extreme than in years past, was still among the worst places in baseball to hit. The bullpen routinely churns out a couple middle relievers every year who produce strong ratio support, and last year was no exception.

The team has been quiet thus far in the off-season* but has been linked to enough players to suggest an aggressive pursuit of offensive upgrades. Whether they succeed in obtaining any remains to be seen. True to form, the bulk of the fantasy value to be had on this squad right now resides on the pitching side. Still, given the wholesale reputation discount Padre hitters are likely to get on draft day there are a handful of interesting value plays worth considering on the offensive end.

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December 9, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds

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Bret Sayre

Injuries doomed the Reds to a fourth-place finish in 2014, but there are still four fantasy studs in the Queen City.

The Reds were coming off two straight 90-plus win seasons heading into 2014, and featured almost exactly the same roster that had vaulted them to consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 1976 (if you consider losing the Wild Card Game a playoff appearance). However, Bryan Price’s first season as manager was filled with injuries and disappointment—leading to 76 wins and a distant fourth-place finish in the NL Central.

Fortunately for the Reds, returning talent in 2015 is the easy part. Keeping it collectively on the field and productive is going to be a different story. And while they’ve been involved in trade talks for an outfielder—usually dangling one of their soon-to-be-free-agent pitchers—any 2015 success in the Queen City will be heavily based on the names you know bouncing back to the levels you’re accustomed to. And that won’t be helped by their farm system either, which despite having some interesting players, isn’t set up for immediate contribution.

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December 8, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

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Mike Gianella

The team is heading downhill, but there's still a handful of fantasy assets to keep in mind.

“The darkest hour is just before the dawn.” – Thomas Fuller (attributed)

After a 2014 season during which it sometimes seemed like the Phillies were floundering without any kind of cohesive plan, interim CEO Pat Gillick laid out a blueprint for contention in 2017, at the earliest. While ownership transparency is refreshing if you are a fan, a full tear down is challenging from a fantasy perspective, particularly at the early stages. The Phillies haven’t shipped anyone out of town yet, and it is impossible to predict when this will happen. Even if the current roster composition holds, the fantasy landscape looks thin. Only eight Phillies were worth owning in standard mixed leagues last year. Even in NL-only formats, the picture wasn’t particularly rosy. There are some opportunities to be had, but most of them come in the form of undervalued veterans, not rookies with upside and the ability to burst on the scene as potential game changers.

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December 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

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Jeff Quinton

No shortage of young talent here.

While we wait and see how the Cubs navigate this offseason, their current roster returns exciting young hitters, Jake Arrieta, and a lot players who would probably play lesser roles on more competitive teams. And they also have all those awesome prospects too.

The important question, for fantasy purposes, is how do all these pieces fit? There really is no good way to answer this question right now given that we do not know how free agency will unfold and the uncertainty inherent in prospects. What we can do is evaluate the players as they currently stand and make adjustments for playing time as we get more information. That said, let us get to it.

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December 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies

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J.P. Breen

Coors Field can make a fantasy asset out of just about any major-league hitter.

The Colorado Rockies were a caricature of themselves in 2014, scoring the most runs in the National League while having the worst team ERA in Major League Baseball. Fantasy owners naturally gravitate toward Rockies hitters and run screaming from Rockies pitchers. You won’t find much on this list that disagrees with that assessment, though the organization clearly has some arms working their way toward the big leagues who could improve their fate.

My favorite thing to track from year to year: The Colorado Rockies’ offense posted a .902 OPS in home games and a .636 OPS in road games. That road OPS was second-worst in baseball. Keep that in mind. Guys like Tulo and CarGo should be in the lineup everyday, but the lesser guys are perhaps only “must starts” when playing at home.

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December 1, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Matt Collins

Come for the dingers, stay for the, um, well...

I hope you like dingers. The Diamondbacks are coming off a dismal season in which they finished with the game’s worst record, and they have a long way to go to return to contention. It’s a roster filled with interesting but unspectacular players. With that being said, they should be able to hit some dingers.

With names like Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Trumbo, and Yasmany Tomas, this is going to be an exciting offense to watch. However, as potentially fun as they may be, there isn’t a lot of definite production coming from this group. On the other side of the coin, their pitching is mostly unexciting with very few sources of upside.

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November 26, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles

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Craig Goldstein

Come for the bats, stay for Zach Britton and back-end fantasy arms.

The Orioles racked up 96 wins—good for second place in the AL—and a trip to the ALCS behind a solid offense, a strong core of starting pitchers and one of the better bullpens in baseball, allowing the third fewest runs in the American League. Their lineup is full of fantasy stars, with Adam Jones anchoring the team and current free agent Nelson Cruz leading the league in home runs. Add in Manny Machado’s tantalizing upside, Chris Davis’ bounce-back potential, and J.J. Hardy’s contributions from the offense-bereft shortstop position and there is a wealth of options to be had here. The O’s only managed to rank sixth in the AL in runs scored, but their offense is where people will look first for impact talent.

Pitching is a bit of a different story, as no one on their staff merits a high-round pick, though there is a lot of depth. Closer Zach Britton is the closest thing to an impact fantasy arm they have right now, but the rotation is a Kevin Gausman breakout or Dylan Bundy promotion away from an impact starter. Chris Tillman, Bud Norris, and Wei-Yin Chen provide solid numbers to go with bulk innings, but none profiles toward the top of any fantasy rotation. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Orioles fantasy prospects below.

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