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February 18, 2015 10:21 am

State of the Position: Starting Pitchers

4

Ben Carsley

The eternally confounding class of ballplayers.

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State of the Catcher
State of First Base
State of Second Base
State of Third Base
State of Shortstop
State of Outfield






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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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January 26, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Third Base

2

Mike Gianella

Sizing up the position from a fantasy point of view.

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Base

3

J.P. Breen

The keystone might be deeper than you think.

Although the league-average second baseman only hit .250/.307/.364 in 2014, the position was rather deep. Seven second basemen finished the season as top-50 fantasy players in ESPN leagues, including a few breakout stars such as Josh Harrison, Dee Gordon, and Brian Dozier. Ultimately, it proved to be a crazy season in which cheap options on draft day provided some of the best value—as five of the top-10 second baseman were, on average, drafted outside the top 15.

Perhaps it’s a changing of the guard. Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, and Chase Utley continue to age and are no longer elite options. Guys like Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve now lead the charge. That doesn’t even include the massive number of second-base prospects who are poised to jump into the mix in 2015—such as Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Kolten Wong, and the forgotten Jurickson Profar, among others. The position has the potential to be crazy deep.

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January 12, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: First Base

11

Mike Gianella

Big power might suddenly be tough to come by at a position that had been well stocked before 2014.

If 2013 looked like the dawn of a grand new era at first base, in 2014 reality came crashing down on this supposed new paradigm. Ten first basemen earned $25 or more in mono formats in 2013; in 2014, only five first basemen managed to reach this vaunted plateau. It could be argued that first base has been impacted more by the limited offensive climate than any other position. The days of the 25-30 home run hitter aren’t dead and forgotten, but with fewer top shelf big boppers to go around, fantasy owners have to decide if they want to invest a high draft pick on a major power play or if they want to try and opt for cheaper production that is attached to more of an all-around player. James Loney’s 2014 line looks excruciatingly boring, but he was the 13th-best first baseman in fantasy in 2014. Unless your league is super shallow, what were once pedestrian-looking numbers are now a staple in some team’s lineup.

Despite the lack of top tier production in 2014, the top of the player pool still looks strong. Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Cabrera both look to bounce back from injuries and take their rightful place at the top of the heap in mono leagues. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Abreu offer strong power production and could easily fill the void if Cabrera’s injury recovery winds up being on the longer side. Immediately beneath this quartet of $30-plus potential earners is a trio of grizzled veterans—Adrian Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, and Albert Pujols—accompanied by last year’s big breakout player, Anthony Rizzo. Martinez produced at an elite level last year, but the fickle nature of V-Mart’s high batting average makes Rizzo the most likely to crack the top five this year assuming further growth.

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January 5, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Catchers

20

J.P. Breen

Sizing up the backstop landscape for fantasy purposes.

The 2014 season proved to be a mixed bag at the catcher position. A few players emerged as legitimate top-10 talents, such as Devin Mesoraco and Yan Gomes, while some of the preseason darlings, such as Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos, failed to produce due to injury. Those circumstances, though, seem to add up to an extremely deep position in 2015: If the breakouts carry over and the injured players return to everyday roles, the top 10 could be relatively stacked.

An underappreciated advantage at the catcher position has always been plate appearances. Position players around the diamond amass 600-plus PA with regularity, but in 2014, only three players eclipsed that mark. However, only one catcher (Carlos Santana) did so in 2013. The biggest reason for the increase? Catchers are beginning to play multiple positions. Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy, Joe Mauer, Yasmani Grandal, Carlos Santana, Brian McCann, Stephen Vogt, and Evan Gattis all qualified at more than one spot. The added roster versatility is always nice for fantasy owners, but more importantly, the benefit can be found in the PA category. That means more opportunities for counting statistics—a category in which catchers have traditionally struggled. Teams are searching for ways to get quality catchers more plate appearances, which is a boon for fantasy owners wise enough to capitalize on such trends.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

State of the Position: Closers

7

Ben Carsley

Breaking down the ninth-inning stoppers by league for the present and future and examining the optimal mixed-league strategy.

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February 24, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: Starting Pitchers

10

Mike Gianella

Breaking down the arms to help you decide on the optimal strategy for your league.

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February 18, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: Outfielders

3

Paul Sporer

The present talent pool at this position is deceptively shallow, but the future looks bright.

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February 10, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: Third Basemen

10

Ben Carsley

An overview of the hot corner for fantasy purposes.

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February 3, 2014 9:05 am

State of the Position: Shortstops

2

Mike Gianella

This position has a reputation for being light on fantasy options, but that's not the case now—and it might not be the case in the near future.

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