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March 7, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher

8

Mike Gianella

The 30,000-foot-high view of the bullpen landscape for the 2016 fantasy season.

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February 24, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Starting Pitchers

3

J.P. Breen

The 30,000-foot-high view of the fantasy rotation menu this year.

We can comfortably say two things about major-league starting pitchers in 2015: (1) they were less effective at preventing runs than the previous two years; and (2) they were simultaneously more dominant on the mound.

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February 15, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Outfield

4

Mike Gianella

The 30,000-foot-high view of the options available to roam your fantasy pastures.

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February 8, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Shortstop

11

J.P. Breen

The 30,000-foot-high view of the six spot for fantasy purposes.

Baseball is arguably the most difficult of all major sports, and if not the most difficult, at least the most failure-laden sport. A batter who fails 70 percent of the time is an All-Star nowadays, while a starting pitcher who surrenders a baserunner per inning is a borderline ace. Hell, the notion of failure is so embedded in baseball that it’s expected that young players crash and burn before finding their footing in the majors.

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The hot corner looks a lot better through the fantasy lens than it did a year ago.

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January 25, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Base

7

J.P. Breen

An overview of the fantasy offerings at the keystone.

Over the past half-decade, the second-base position has lost its offensive potency. It has become a premium fantasy position, in many ways, as top-tier options seemingly have gotten an extra ADP boost in recent years due to the dearth of intriguing players at the third and fourth level.

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An overview of the fantasy options available at this position for the coming season.

In fantasy baseball, 2015 saw a revitalization of sorts at first base. After a down year in 2014 where merely five first basemen earned $25 or more in mono formats, 2015 saw eight first basemen crack this barrier. The big categorical jumps at the position came in home runs and batting average. The position picked up nearly 100 home runs from 2014 (or three home runs per every 600 plate appearances) and jumped from a .252 batting average in 2014 to a .259 batting average in 2015. Where in drafts and auctions last year the temptation was to go small at the position to avoid overspending on modest production, last year’s spike in production suggests that it might be better to go big early. Where only two first basemen cracked the Top 25 overall in mixed league rankings in 2014, five first basemen turned the feat in 2015, with a sixth barely missing the cut.

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Surveying the league-wide backstop landscape and the fantasy implications therein.

Although the league-wide narrative following the 2015 season was that offensive numbers positively bounced back from a prolonged decline, we cannot extend that argument to the catcher position. Production from MLB catchers at the plate has taken a nosedive. It has fallen for three consecutive seasons:

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March 2, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher

5

J.P. Breen

An overview of the ninth-inning men and those who'll set them up.

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February 18, 2015 10:21 am

State of the Position: Starting Pitchers

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Ben Carsley

The eternally confounding class of ballplayers.

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State of First Base
State of Second Base
State of Third Base
State of Shortstop
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February 9, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Outfield

13

Mike Gianella

Those people in your mock telling you "outfield is thin?" Yeah, they're lying.

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Helping you navigate a notoriously weak position.

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