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February 8, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstop

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The staff identifies potential value plays at this position for the coming season.


Last night was Super Bowl Sunday. Here are some shortstops who our staff believes will provide a super return on your fantasy investment (punches self repeatedly in face).

Erick Aybar, Braves
One of the dirty secrets of fantasy baseball is that while speed may very well be overvalued in the real game, it is significantly undervalued in our game.




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February 1, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen

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These hot-corner players might be worth highlighting on your draft and auciton sheets this spring.

It’s tough out there in fantasy baseball-land; everyone has the same information, the same cheat sheets, and the same list of sleepers that you do. Fortunately, our expert fantasy staff at Baseball Prospectus is there for you, with five recommendations at third base that will blow your minds into the 22nd Century.

Nick Castellanos, Tigers
Castellanos won’t help too much with his batting average; let’s get that out of the way immediately. Even with a career .324 BABIP, he’s never eclipsed the .260 plateau. At only 23 years old, though, he showed a bit of pop down the stretch in 2015. His .208 ISO helped him launch nine homers in just 267 plate appearances. Extrapolate that over an entire season, and that’s 20-plus homer potential. The Tigers’ potent offense should also aid Castellanos’ fantasy value. He plated 74 runners a year ago and should benefit from the Kinsler-Cabrera-Upton-Martinez quartet in front of him in the batting order. The question is whether the former top-100 prospect can finally figure out right-handers, as he only hit .230/.277/.379 against them in 2015. Fantasy owners who can alter lineups everyday should value Castellanos a bit more than weekly leagues; however, he’s still somehow being drafted after the walking corpse that is David Wright in winter drafts. The top-tier guys are no-brainers this year. Castellanos is someone a bit further down the draft board that could put up solid fantasy numbers. —J.P. Breen


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January 25, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen

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The staff suggests a handful of keystoners to keep in mind as value plays in your drafts and auctions this spring.

Looking for bargains in your fantasy drafts? These six second basemen could fit the bill. Our staff weighs in on a few key players at the keystone.

Javier Baez, Cubs

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January 18, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen

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The staff recommends circling these players on your draft sheets at the 1B and/or CI positions.

Last week, we kicked off our Players to Target/Avoid series with a look at fantasy backstops. This week, we march on by taking a deep dive on first basemen who could either make or break your auctions and drafts. First up: six hitters who members of our staff think could be undervalued this year, based on where they will be selected in drafts later this spring.

Jose Abreu, White Sox
Make no mistake, Abreu is still going to cost you a pretty penny on draft day; he’s being taken 22nd overall in early NFBC drafts following a season that saw him fail to meet preseason top-10 expectations. Abreu tallied six fewer home runs than he did in 2014 and his batting average declined by nearly 30 points, regression that 2016 drafters are reacting to by dropping him a round or two. What remained was still a .290 hitter and one of only three players to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 in each of the past two seasons (Jose Bautista and David Ortiz were the others).


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January 11, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers

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Our fantasy staff suggests eyeing these players to don the tools of ignorance for your squad this year.

Welcome back to the third annual Fantasy Target and Avoid series at Baseball Prospectus. Each week, members of our staff will pick either a player to target or a player to avoid in your fantasy leagues. These picks (and pans) are not meant to reflect our staff rankings but rather to give our readers the advantage of our staff’s joint expertise and a deeper look at 10 players at each position.

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July 16, 2015 8:43 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Our Top Trade Targets

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The entire fantasy staff tells you what player they want to acquire for the stretch run.

The fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus has each selected one player they have their eye on targeting for the second half in trades. Some are more expensive to acquire than others, but they are on this list because their current market value is lower than their expected value the remainder of the way. Here are those players, in alphabetical order:

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March 2, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers

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These 'pen arms might provide nice returns on investment in drafts and auctions this spring.

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February 18, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers

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A look at some rotation arms who might provide nice returns on investment in drafts and auctions this spring.

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February 9, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Outfielders

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Examining a handful of players who might provide strong value on draft or auction day.

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January 26, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen

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Keep these hot-corner players in mind in your drafts and auctions this spring

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen

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You might want to consider picking up these keystoners in your fantasy drafts and auctions this spring.

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