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Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen
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Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Outfielders
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02-08

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Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstop
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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Our Top Trade Targets
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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers
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02-09

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Fantasy Players to Target: Outfielders
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Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstops
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01-26

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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers
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Fantasy Players to Target: Outfielders
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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstops
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Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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January 16, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen

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

Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Maybe all those years of the Cincinnati front office and local media riding him for walking too much has seeped into the general fantasy-playing population at large after all, because Votto continues to be an underrated mixed-league target at the top of his position. In 2015, granted at 31 and coming off an injury season, he was taken 71st overall on average – around 12th among first basemen depending on who you count out of the position-eligible pool. He produced $30 in standard mixed-league value, good for the second-best return at the position. Last year he went off the board seventh among first basemen, 36th overall on average; he earned $29 mixed-league dollars, again the second-most of any first baseman. We’ve got him ranked second at the position this season in acknowledgement of recent evidence, and yet… he’s currently going off the board sixth among first basemen, around the 28th overall pick. Huh?

At 33 there are certainly age-related concerns to be peddled, particularly given the history with his legs. But he was thoroughly destructive in the second half last season, the ballpark remains a perfect fit for his batted ball distribution, and he managed a tick under 200 R+RBI last year in spite of a bottom-third supporting cast. And while his value increases exponentially in OBP leagues, he’s a career .313 hitter (.320 over the last two seasons). A whopping six first basemen managed to crack .290 last year, so the advantage of a locked-in asset in AVG shouldn’t be understated, either. At 28 overall, Votto has the look of an absolutely lethal snake-draft target for the turn in 14- to 16-team redrafts, or a lethal second pick for anyone stuck navigating the late first-round muddle in a straight draft. —Wilson Karaman


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January 9, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers

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Our writers think these backstops could be excellent value picks in drafts and auctions this spring.

Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
In the last three seasons, the only full time catchers with more home runs than Yasmani Grandal are Brian McCann (69) and Salvador Perez (60). Grandal has 58. His batting average, runs, and RBI have drained some of his fantasy value over those seasons, but I think there’s some untapped potential with Grandal going forward that might be a little under the radar.


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March 7, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers

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Our staff believes these bullpen arms could provide nice value on draft or auction day.

Given the risk with relief pitchers, you don’t want to draft a closer who will combust this year. Additionally, there are some nice sleepers out there who could emerge and grab the closer job at some point in 2016. Here are some relief targets for you to consider.

Cody Allen, Indians
There isn’t much disagreement about the top tier of relievers entering 2016. With Aroldis Chapman faded because of the 30-game suspension, Wade Davis, Craig Kimbrel, and Kenley Jansen are the consensus top three. It gets pretty murky from there, with another seven closers being selected between the 88th and 104th picks, according to NFBC ADP data. On the one hand, it’s not terribly instructive to quibble with ordering when the second tier is so tightly clustered; on the other, it’s difficult to understand why Cody Allen is the last name inside the top 10.


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February 24, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers

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The staff picks a handful of hurlers who might be worth highlighting on your draft sheets this spring.

One of the keys to the kingdom in fantasy baseball is grabbing some bargains on the mound in your fantasy league. Below, are five staff selections for pitchers who could be bargains in your leagues come draft day.

Andrew Cashner, Padres
If I would have told you entering the 2015 season that Cashner would increase his strikeout rate and pitch 184-plus innings, how many of you might have made him a top-20 pick? The excellent velocity and movement on his pitches were still there in 2015, but sadly for Andrew, the results were not.


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February 15, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Outfielders

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Staff picks to outperform preseason ADPs and auction valuations at this position.

With so many choices in the outfield, it is difficult to hone in on the “right” players to target in your fantasy drafts and auctions. Below are five staff choices for outfielders to target this year.

Lorenzo Cain, Royals
Which one of these players do you want on your fantasy team in 2016?


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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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