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01-06

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Five to Watch: Injury Risks Worth Taking in 2016
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Matt Collins

12-18

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Five to Watch: Second-Half Surgers
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Matt Collins

09-10

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Five to Watch: Resurgent Starting Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

09-04

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Five to Watch: September Additions
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-27

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Five to Watch: High-A Risers
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-20

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Five to Watch: More Double-A Risers
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-13

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Five to Watch: Veteran Rebounds
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-23

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Five to Watch: Double-A Risers
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-08

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11

Five to Watch: Stocks on the Rise
by
George Bissell

07-02

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Five to Watch: Pitcher Batted-Ball Exit Velocities
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-25

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Five to Watch: Your High-A All Stars
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-18

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Five to Watch: 3-2-1 Contact!, Pitcher Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-11

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Five to Watch: 3, 2, 1, Contact!
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-04

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Five to Watch: Midwest League Hitters
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-28

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Five to Watch: South Atlantic League Hitters
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-25

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7

Five to Watch: National League Position Battles
by
Wilson Karaman

03-24

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Five to Watch: American League Position Battles
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Nick Shlain

03-18

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Five to Watch: AL Post-Prospects
by
Wilson Karaman

03-17

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
by
Nick Shlain

03-16

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
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Ben Carsley

03-12

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Five to Watch: National League Starting Pitchers
by
Wilson Karaman

03-11

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Nick Shlain

03-10

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Prospects
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J.P. Breen

12-08

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Five to Watch: Fantasy-Relevant Winter Meetings Rumors
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Ben Carsley

11-12

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Five to Watch: More Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
by
Ben Carsley

11-06

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Craig Goldstein

03-20

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Five to Watch: American League Post-Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-19

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Five to Watch: National League Post-Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

03-18

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Five to Watch: National League Prospects
by
Bret Sayre

03-17

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Five to Watch: American League Prospects
by
Wilson Karaman

03-13

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
by
Wilson Karaman

03-12

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
by
Craig Goldstein

03-11

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
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Mauricio Rubio

03-10

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Five to Watch: National League Pitchers With Elevated BABIPs
by
Craig Goldstein

09-20

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Five to Watch: The Save Rush
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Craig Goldstein

09-16

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Five to Watch: Hot Corner Conundrums
by
Ben Carsley

09-10

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Five to Watch: Injured NL Starting Pitchers
by
Craig Goldstein

09-06

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Five to Watch: Would-Be, Could-Be Closers
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Craig Goldstein

08-28

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Five to Watch: September Call-Ups Unworthy of Your Immediate Attention
by
Ben Carsley

08-27

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12

Five to Watch: Positive Regression Candidates
by
Craig Goldstein

08-21

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Five to Watch: Good Prospects on Bad Teams
by
Ben Carsley

08-19

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2014
by
Craig Goldstein

06-07

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Five to Watch: Checking in on the Holy Trinity
by
Bret Sayre

04-18

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Five to Watch: Contact Watch!
by
Bret Sayre

03-18

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Five to Watch: The Top Prospect Edition
by
Bret Sayre

03-13

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Five to Watch: Drawing Blanks
by
Josh Shepardson

02-22

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5

Five to Watch: National League Hitters
by
Bret Sayre

02-20

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Five to Watch: Impact Arms With Unclear Roles
by
Paul Sporer

02-15

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
by
Bret Sayre

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January 6, 2016 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Injury Risks Worth Taking in 2016

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Matt Collins

These players have spent considerable time licking their wounds of late, but they could pay off in the coming season.

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December 18, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Second-Half Surgers

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Matt Collins

These players excelled down the stretch in 2015, but should you count on them to sustain their performance into next year?

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at a few players who had horrible second halves and whether or not we should worry about their production moving forward. People tend to take half-season splits too seriously, but there are certainly signs that can show us a real change in these numbers. This week, I’ll look at the other side of the coin, taking a stab at five guys who had monstrous second halves. Not included here are guys like Bryce Harper and Joey Votto, who obviously were huge performers down the stretch, but who we all know are great hitters. Also left out are the Francisco Lindors of the world, who had little-to-no major-league experience before their hit second halves. So, are these five just flashes in the pan, or are they viable long-term options?

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September 10, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Resurgent Starting Pitchers

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Greg Wellemeyer

Are these hurlers experiencing true renaissances or just a fleeting taste of their old success?

These five pitchers are rolling with the season winding down. What does that mean for the season’s final weeks and how should you value them this offseason?

Bartolo Colon, RHP, New York Mets

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September 4, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: September Additions

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Greg Wellemeyer

Five players who could make an impact in deeper leagues over the last four weeks of the season.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go read Matthew Trueblood’s excellent piece from yesterday on “the various ways in which teams try to leverage September call-ups.”

With that as helpful context, here are five players who joined (or rejoined) their big league clubs after rosters expanded on September 1.

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August 27, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: High-A Risers

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Greg Wellemeyer

These standouts from the California, Carolina, and Florida State Leagues are worthy of your attention.

I just couldn’t stand the idea of waiting until next May to write another one of these, so how about five more dynasty-league targets, this time from the High-A leagues?

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August 20, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: More Double-A Risers

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Greg Wellemeyer

The updated fantasy outlook for Jharel Cotton, Chad Pinder, and others.

A few weeks back I looked at five Double-A prospects who have had productive seasons and elevated their dynasty-league profiles in the process. With the end of minor-league regular seasons unbelievably only a few weeks away, let’s go another round.

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August 13, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Veteran Rebounds

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Greg Wellemeyer

Just when these older players were left for dead, they showed they've still got something left in the tank.

One of the hardest things to do in fantasy baseball is to fight recency bias when evaluating veteran players. In an environment where more ink is spilled on shiny new toys than reliable standbys, it’s easy to feel compelled to bail out when you spot legitimate signs of deterioration. Nobody wants to be the one holding the bag when Father Time claims his latest victim.

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July 23, 2015 11:23 am

Five to Watch: Double-A Risers

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Greg Wellemeyer

These upper-minors standouts are worthy of your attention.

I previously wrote about prospects in the Sally League, the Midwest League, and some High-A All-Stars who are increasing their dynasty-league values with strong 2015 campaigns. This week, five Double-A players get their turn.

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Five players whose values are climbing as the season heads towards the All-Star Break

It’s been awfully hard to focus on fantasy baseball this summer thanks to the return of a particular MTV reality television show (Jersey Shore 2) and the arrival of Guy Fieri’s “Celebrity Grill Master Challenge” on the Food Network. Watching Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal fire up the grill and smoke teriyaki-glazed salmon isn’t just the best hour on television (especially when Kid Rock shows up), it’s a life experience.

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July 2, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Pitcher Batted-Ball Exit Velocities

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Greg Wellemeyer

These hurlers are worth monitoring because of the pace at which their offerings leave opponents' bats.

Exit velocity is a common topic of discussion this year, with Statcast data becoming part of MLB's Gameday presentation and subsequently available via the indispensable Baseball Savant. Witnessing a Giancarlo Stanton home run in today’s environment means not just watching the physical spectacle of it but being instantly able to quantify how far out of the stadium he hit it and how much faster than Jayson Werth’s preferred driving speed the ball came off his bat. As though Carlos Correa’s .287/.309/.543 line as a 20-year-old isn’t impressive enough, our appreciation is enhanced by knowing that his average batted-ball velocity sits between those of a resurgent Albert Pujols and potential home-run king Todd Frazier.

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June 25, 2015 7:26 am

Five to Watch: Your High-A All Stars

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Greg Wellemeyer

Here's a look at five players who represented their teams and could help your dynasty team.

This is all-star week for several minor leagues and in addition to being fun exhibitions, the games provide a good opportunity to check in on prospects who are popping up or boosting their dynasty league values with strong first halves. I covered a few prospects in the South Atlantic and Midwest leagues already, so today I’ll focus on the High-A leagues.

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June 18, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: 3-2-1 Contact!, Pitcher Edition

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Greg Wellemeyer

A handful of pitchers whose values have changed because of rises or falls in opponents' contact rates.

Last week I profiled five hitters whose early-season changes in contact rate are changing their fantasy value. This week, it’s the hurlers’ turn.

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