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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

State of the Position: Closers

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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

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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

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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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January 27, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Basemen

13

Paul Sporer

A breakdown of the current and future depth at the keystone and the optimal fantasy strategy for this year.

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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: First Basemen

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Craig Goldstein

Craig examines the strategies you should employ when filling this premium offensive position, and what it might look like down the road.

First base is always an interesting position, especially for those of us who are in dynasty leagues (or just into prospects) because it lacks the high-end prospects in the minors but manages to maintain a huge portion of value in fantasy. Because of the depth that the position picks up at the major-league level, thanks mainly to position changes, the strategy it sees can actually be similar to the one Bret mentioned in the State of the Position: Catchers writeup, in that many people will go into a draft planning on passing until the later rounds. With catchers, this can be because at some point, all that’s left are similarly (but poorly) skilled players, so it just doesn’t matter who you end up with. It’s different at first base in that, while there are elite talents at the top, the depth of the position provides some cushion for those who choose to draft/spend elsewhere early on.

That depth is the defining aspect to the position. While outfield may rival first base for its depth, it also has between 3-5 positions to fill, depending on the league, while first base only has the one (though CI is also filled by 1B-eligible players). The top of the depth chart at first base appears more muddled than ever, with Chris Davis the reigning king thanks to his power explosion in 2014. Still, Paul Goldschmidt might be the better investment thanks to a steadier track record and impressive versatility (he led all first baseman with 15 stolen bases). We’ve seen Eric Hosmer and Brandon Belt finally, hopefully, solidify themselves reliable first-base options with upside, adding talent to what has become a very robust middle tier.

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January 13, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: Catchers

13

Bret Sayre

A fantasy-oriented look at the present and future behind the dish.

The beginning of each week of pre-season positional coverage here at BP is going to kick off with a high-level view of that position before we start diving too deeply into rankings, individual players and the like. And as a reminder, here is what the rest of the week’s schedule will look like:

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